Participants in the 32nd International Epilepsy Congress are encouraged by the event organizers to take advantage of the beautiful city while they are there. They know that this is a good time to showcase Barcelona as well as for the participants to gain valuable knowledge regarding epilepsy.
The City’s Offerings
Barcelona has a wealth of history to offer. There are over 2000 years of architecture in the city to explore. There are ruins from the Roman age, Gothic finds, and leftovers from the Renaissance.
Also, the modern city has a lot of cultures to offer. There are over 160 different nationalities that reside in Barcelona. Visitors can find others who speak the same language. Barcelona is truly a melting pot when it comes to culture.
The city is also known for its great artists. There is no other city that a person can go and see so many original Picasso‘s. There are paintings from his realist phase as well as many of his modern art creations. Other artists include Miró, Dalí, Gaudí, and Tàpies; these are all very influential artists with well-known works.
Weather and Packing
The weather should be enjoyable for the Congress. The average highs are expected to be 26°C (about 78°F). The minimum temperatures are around 17°C (around 62°F). So a person should pack pants, shorter skirts/shorts, a windbreaker, open and closed toe shoes, long-sleeved shirts, as well as tank tops and regular shirts. The dress code might be more professional in the Congress, but clothes for touring the streets are also recommended. Don’t forget sunscreen as well when one is out all day.
Most hotels offer the Internet. WiFi is available in the Congress for registered participants. Barcelona is a city with lots of Internet access. The calling code for Barcelona is +34.
When paying for items, expect to carry Euros (€). Many of the restaurants and hotels will accept major credit cards as well as traveler’s checks. Look for banks or savings banks(Caixes) to exchange money. Be careful, though, because the banks are usually only open until mid-afternoon and the Caixes have a siesta break for two hours in the mid-afternoon.
While English will be spoken at the Congress, the languages in Barcelona are Spanish and Catalan. Also, be prepared for the electrical plug in’s, which are European two pin. Try to buy a converter at home before coming to the conference.
Also remember that smoking is allowing in restaurants and bars in Barcelona. The lunch and supper times are also usually later due to the heat. People in Barcelona usually have a nap in the afternoon to beat the heat and go out for dinner later. Expect restaurants to be closed between 4 pm and 8 pm as a result.
Barcelona is a great city to explore. Just be prepared to talk to locals and hosts of the Congress to find out local hot spots and hidden treasures.
The International Epilepsy Congress is an event held every two years. The International Bureau for Epilepsy and the International League Against Epilepsy organize the conference. The Congress brings together people from all over the world whose lives are affected by this disease in some way. This could be because they have it themselves, they care for a loved one with the condition, or they work in the medical profession.
Where Is It Held?
The location for the 32nd International Epilepsy Congress is the city of Barcelona in Spain. The venue for the Congress is the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, which is purpose-built to hold events such as this. Delegates to the Congress will benefit from the modern facilities. It is centrally located in Barcelona and is easy to access via public transport.
What Are The Dates Of The Congress
The Congress will be from the 2nd – 6th September. This is a perfect time of year to visit Barcelona as the weather is still warm but not as hot as it would be at the height of summer. The conference spans across four days and offers delegates the opportunity to spend as much time as they want at the Congress and helps to ensure that they do not miss anything.
What Topics Will Be Covered?
There is a whole range of subjects that included at the Congress that will be of interest to anyone who has epilepsy and those who treat it. There will be talks from pharmaceutical companies who are developing the latest drugs to help treat the condition. There is also a lot of practical information available about living with the disease and how to manage it. Experts give these talks in the field of epilepsy, and so it is worth attending all of the classes.
Who Should Attend?
Delegates of this event come from all over the world and from many different walks of life. The event is very popular with people from the medical profession who specialize in the treatment of epilepsy. It brings them up to date with the latest developments in treating this disease and provides them with information that they can use when they are caring for epileptic patients. People who have epilepsy and their loved ones will also find the Congress very useful.
Is There A Set Schedule To Follow?
Throughout the Congress, there will be several different talks at the same time by different speakers. The attendee can set his/her program by choosing which talks to listen to and what other events at the Congress to attend. There is no minimum requirement for the number of sessions that you have to attend, so you are free to plan the weekend as you wish.
There are various resources in the community, especially the academic one, for various diseases. Epilepsy is no exception. “Epilepsia” is the official journal of the International League Against Epilepsy. This league was founded by a group of international neurologists in 1909. It is a global non-profit organization. It also has an affiliation with the World Health Organization.
The 32nd International Epilepsy Congress
The next global epilepsy event is the 32nd International Congress on Epilepsy held in Barcelona. This congress is made up of delegates from the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE).
This event is biennial and represents the best minds regarding epilepsy coming together for an international think tank. All of the delegates will come with information on the latest research. It is a chance for all the nations to pool together their knowledge on the disease.
Registration is available online. There is a charge for members of ILAE and IBE that will be in attendance. The charge is less for members than it is for other professionals.
There are three elective classes to take. The first class is Seizure and Epilepsy Classification on September 3, 2017. The second class is Women’s Issues in Epilepsy on September 4, 2017. The last elective class offered is Managing Difficult Cases of Epilepsy in Childhood on September 5, 2017. These classes do not cost any money to those registered for the conference, but the classes need to be signed up for in advance on the website.
The Congress is at the illustrious Palau de Congressos de Catalunya. There will be debates, lectures, conferences from various disciplines, and video sessions.
ILAE Specific Events
There are two specific meetings only open to ILAE members. They are called The ILAE General Assembly & Chapter Convention. The assembly is for ILAE members only and will take place on Tuesday 6th September from 16:30 to 17:30 in Room F on Level – 1. All of the members of ILAE in attendance are invited to attend this event. The ILAE Chapter Convention takes place on Saturday 2nd September from 10:00 to 13:00 on Level -1. This ILAE Chapter Convention is more exclusive as it is by invitation only.
There is also a free Congress app called “IEC 2017” that all participants in the Congress can download. It is geared towards most electronic devices, specifically Apple, Windows and Android users. This app can help participants to navigate where the various conferences and sessions are held in the building. They can learn more about what type of meetings each event is, and then determine if it is relevant to their profession and learning.
“Epilepsia” will continue to reflect the most current knowledge garnered from this convention. The representatives from ILAE will come back from Barcelona with a wealth of new insights that they will be ready to distribute in future issues of the journal.
Those who had the pleasure of attending the 30th International Epilepsy Congress no doubt had the pleasure of enjoying the host city. The Congress served to showcase Montreal, Canada. It was the first time that an Epilepsy Conference had the pleasure of being in a North American city in 30 years.
There were many benefits to Montreal, Quebec, for those that got out of the venue and explored the city a bit. It is the second largest French-speaking city in the world, aside from Paris. Most of the citizens are bilingual, speaking both French and English. Montreal is a melting pot of people from all parts of the world.
Montreal is known for its food. It is the city that has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada. In fact, it even rivals the U.S. and comes in second in North America behind New York. The main cuisine is cosmopolitan, as to be expected, but usually, food has a French touch. And since the French are renowned for their food, Montreal brings together the best of everything perfected by the masters in cooking.
Famous Park Founder
People who visited may have wondered how the city got its name. It was built around the park, Mont Royal. This park on the mountain was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same person who designed New York City’s Central Park. While Central Park is more famous than Mont Royal, it is certainly worth checking out a park designed by Olmsted.
The Underground City
One of the major attractions of Montreal has to be the underground city. It is a series of tunnels that run for over 32 kilometers. These tunnels connect everything from shopping malls to metro stations and banks. It is strange though that the tunnels are most used in the summer to escape the heat. In a city where winter tires are a mandatory requirement for drivers, this is quite fascinating.
It may not have Disney Land, but Montreal still has a sizable amusement park that is the second largest in all of Canada. La Ronde has ten roller coasters and attracts 3 million visitors per year. This was probably a great attraction for the young at heart from the Congress who were looking to blow off some steam after days of long studying.
Also, what would a trip to Quebec be without maple syrup? This province provides more than 85% of the world’s maple syrup. So without Quebec’s exports, the world might be devoid of this delicious, pure liquid. It gives a unique flavor to breakfast foods but also to other delicacies such as yogurt and cookies. Hopefully, patrons of the Congress at least had a chance to try some signature treats like maple syrup cookies.
Montreal, a Unique City
Montreal, Canada gave a unique flair to the 30th International Epilepsy Congress. The city has fantastic food, signature treats, attractions, and even tunnels to beat any adverse weather. With a venue like that, people were sure to have enjoyed venturing beyond the congress venue.