Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are now just over a month from the EAACI Congress 2014, the highlight of the year not only for EAACI, but for the thousands of attendees who will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark for the five-day meeting.
Education has always been one of the main pillars of the Congress. The Scientific Programme is designed with this in mind and one of the main aims of the event is to send attendees home with a better understanding on a range of different topics and areas.
One new feature for this year will be the Allergy Bazaar; a collection of stations giving participants a hands-on experience comprising different allergy tests and features. This is just one of several innovations EAACI is introducing this year so keep an eye on the Congress emails and updates on social media for more. I look forward to meeting many of you through the course of the event.
Education and learning was certainly central at the 6th Drug Hypersensitivity Meeting, DHM 2014, which took place in Bern, Switzerland last month. Almost 400 people attended the meeting with 196 abstracts submitted. This was the first of five Focused Meetings for EAACI this year, as well as five Allergy Schools, and we plan to continue delivering quality events. Thanks to the Local Organising Chair, Werner Pichler, for all his help in coordinating a successful meeting and for setting the benchmark so high for 2016.
Finally, our efforts to raise awareness for allergic disease with the EU continue. As I mentioned in my last message, an EAACI office has been opened in Brussels to help lobby key decision makers. The EU liaison office will help us stay informed on issues which are relevant to the academy and over time our aim is to establish allergy ambassadors among European Parliament members. If you are attending the Congress you will be able to find out more on the EAACI booth.
Once again thank you for your support of the Academy and I look forward to seeing you all in Copenhagen.