The International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine is organised by the department of Intensive Care Emergency Medicine of Erasme University Hospital, Université Libre de Bruxelles, in association with the Belgian Society of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (SIZ). The meeting is held every year in March. Started in 1980, this meeting has become established as one of the largest in its field, now attracting more than 6090 participants from countries world-wide.
The objectives of this four day symposium are to provide participants with an up to date review of the most recent, clinically relevant, developments in research, therapy, and management of the critically ill.
The meeting is open to all physicians, nurses and other health professionals with an interest in critical care or emergency medicine.
Invited speakers are well-known experts in their field, and more than 200 take part each year. Different session formats including 'state of the art' lectures, mini-symposia, workshops, round table discussions, 'meet the expert' sessions, pro/con debates, tutorials, and demonstrations are included in the program.
Original posters are presented, and annual 'Poster Awards' are offered. The poster abstracts are published in the journal "Critical Care" and displayed on the Internet at http://www.ccforum.com.
The 'Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine', published annually by Springer, includes chapters on the year's latest advances in the field of critical care, written by speakers at the symposium. Each participant receives a free copy of the book.
Books available in the series:
- Yearbooks 1992-2010
- Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 2011-2013.
The accompanying scientific exhibition occupies some 4,000 m2 with 127 stalls. Companies from all over the world display the latest in medical and scientific equipment, pharmaceutical products, books, and services related to intensive care and emergency medicine. Techniques and therapies focused at the sub-specialties are displayed along with products aimed at the broader intensive care audience.
Technical fora offer companies the opportunity to demonstrate directly their new products and technologies to interested participants, and to obtain instant feed-back reactions.
The Brussels Congress Center (The Square) is equipped with outstanding conference facilities.