|Welcome to Munich 2018 – Where Invention and Innovation Accelerates!
The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology will host in Munich in 2018 the world’s largest and most influential allergy, asthma and clinical immunology meeting.
Boasting a proud history of scientific innovation and medical discoveries and with a spirit of collaboration, openness and information-sharing Munich is a fitting choice for the EAACI Annual Congress. Many of the world’s most famous innovative thinkers that redefined the course of modern human civilization have lived and worked in the capital of Bavaria. Munich is firmly branded as a center of expertise in R&D and innovation. The city’s innovation-friendly climate encourages proactive development work and close cooperation among clinics, universities and research organizations. All told, the Munich area is one of the most research-intensive regions of Germany. The Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research, the Max Planck Society for the Promotion of Science, Munich’s Helmholtz Center for Environmental Health, the Technical University, the Ludwig-Maximilian’s University, the Center for Integrated Protein Science and the Munich Center for Advanced Protonics are just a few examples of Munich at its research-rich best.
Progress happens when great minds work together to solve the toughest challenges. One of the EAACI’s greatest achievements is its ability to create partnerships and communities to accelerate the rate of invention and innovation. Currently, there are no treatment modalities that can cure allergy. Therefore extensive efforts in innovative prevention, monitoring and immune modulation interventions together with integrative approaches are needed to circumvent the unmet needs in allergy and asthma. Such innovative solutions ultimately lead to better patient outcomes, fewer hospital visits and reduced healthcare costs. Through research, education, community outreach, and talent development, the allergy community needs to promote a transformational impact on how we understand and manage allergic diseases and asthma.
The Scientific Programme will present the best in science and educational sessions from distinguished researchers from across the globe. Covering key topics in allergic diseases and asthma the EAACI Annual Congress provides a multidisciplinary forum for allergists, pulmonologists, ENTs, dermatologists, internists, pediatricians, gastroenterologists, clinical immunologists and primary care physicians.
I look forward to welcoming participants and friends from around the world to the EAACI Annual Congress where we will continue our mission to drive standards in allergy and clinical immunology. These meetings would not be possible without your continuous endeavor for high quality learning opportunities and scientific interactions. Join EAACI to celebrate innovation as the game-changing approach to the complex health, social, economic, environmental and technical challenges posed by allergy and asthma.
Prof. Ioana Agache
Welcome to Munich!
Dear colleagues and friends
It is my great pleasure, on behalf of the Local Organising Committee, the German Society of Allergology (DGAKI) and the Association of German Allergologists (AeDA) to invite you to the EAACI Congress 2018 which will take place on 26–30 May 2018 in Munich.
Munich is situated in the centre of Europe and offers a great mix of cultures, ranging from its Bavarian, alpine tradition to modern art and technology. It is a well-organized city with an efficient transport system, modern hotels and a healthy lifestyle that will make your stay enjoyable. Munich also hosts the largest research infrastructures in Germany including two top-ranked universities, the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Health, and the Max-Planck and Fraunhofer Institutes, as well as many Biotech companies and the European Patent Office. “Innovations for allergy” is therefore a very appropriate theme for the 2018 Congress in Munich and we expect to see groundbreaking insights being presented at the meeting. We will do our best to generate an environment full of inspiration and learning that will generate a new level of understanding and insight into the management of allergy for all of us.
The meeting will take place at the International Congress Center Munich (ICM) which offers spacious facilities, full of daylight and open air areas. The ICM has its own metro station, which is right next to a shopping mall and a major recreational area. The U2 metro line connects you with downtown Munich and its modern and affordable hotels in just 5 minutes. Public transport or car sharing connects the city with Munich international airport which offers direct flights to most major destinations worldwide. Alternatively, high-speed train links are excellent and offer affordable connections to Europe’s cities. Munich’s beautiful mountains, lakes and other attractions – including Germany’s highest mountain, the “Zugspitze” and the famous castle, “Schloss Neuschwanstein” – are easily reached by public transport.
Tradition and innovation will form a wonderful backdrop to the EAACI Congress 2018. Innovations in allergy are urgently needed and we hope that Munich’s environment will help support advances in the research, prevention and treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases. We therefore hope to see, inform and inspire you in Munich in May 2018!
Prof. Carsten Schmidt-Weber