Hearts on flags as European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2018 is held in Munich

Rickshaws and red hearts on flags were used to greet more than 32,800 heart specialists from 150 countries as they arrived in Munich.

Women Transforming Leadership Grant winners at ESC. Credit: @SilCastelletti
Women Transforming Leadership Grant winners at ESC. Credit: @SilCastelletti

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress returned to the Bavarian capital for the fourth time, following on from events in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

More than 32, 800 researchers and clinicians from around the world shared and discussed the latest research in cardiovascular medicine. More than 200 exhibitors showed their products and 4,500 abstracts were presented.

Munich made sure ESC branding was visible at the airport with welcoming flags at the exhibition grounds, in the city centre and in front of the main conference hotels.

Isabel Bardinet, chief executive officer of the ESC said: "We chose to come back because both Munich and the Messe have proven time and again that they understand the needs of association congress organisers, delegates and exhibitors.

"Munich, and the Messe in particular provide an ideal setting to showcase the breaking science presented at the ESC Congress.

"To reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases, every year in August, the European Society of Cardiology creates a unique platform of exchange: the ESC Congress, that has become the world's largest scientific conference in cardiovascular medicine." 

Rickshaws with the red heart ESC logo were visible in Munich weeks before the congress at a public event called "Healthy Hearts for Munich" held in the Odeonsplatz square on 25 August 2018. 

Deputy Mayor Josef Schmid, head of the city’s department of labour and economic development,  said: "Munich presented itself as a competent and experienced host to the ESC Congress 2012 with excellent infrastructure and as a city of knowledge and science.

"This was also enough to convince the powers that be in the ESC. Munich was therefore delighted to hear that the ESC wanted to come to the city again."

The ESC Congress 2018 was held in the ICM (Munich’s international congress centre) and its numerous exhibition halls.

Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, deputy chairman of the board of Messe München added: "The ESC Congress 2018 has effectively demonstrated Munich’s qualities as a location for high-profile events, from the modern congress centres to the high standards of hotels and restaurants to the professional support and friendly welcome given by the city."

The congress was held over five days from 25 to 29 August. 

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