29th Regional Congress of the ISBT

In conjunction with Swiss Transfusion SRC and the Swiss Association for Transfusion Medicine

Basel, Switzerland, June 22 - 26, 2019

Key dates

Deadline for Abstract Submission: March 6, 2019 at 23.59 CET

• Deadline Early Registration Fee: May 9, 2019

• Deadline Late Registration Fee: June 13, 2019

Onsite fee applies after June 14, 2019

Welcome Messages

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As President of the Spanish Society of Blood Transfusion and Cellular Therapy, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 36th International Congress of the International Society of Blood Transfusion.

Twenty-Seven years have elapsed since the previous and unforgettable ISBT Congress held in Barcelona 1993. It was a lively and exciting congress. When we sent to the ISBT Board our expressions of interest for hosting the 2020 ISBT International Congress in Barcelona we were bearing in mind the old good feelings and the idea to offer a new edition to be enjoyed by the ISBT members. Perhaps a bit of the old flavour will still be perceived. Time has not run in vain and so the congress should bear a different shape. This 2020 International Congress intends to give response to the nowadays needs of Worldwide Transfusion Professionals.

In this era of electronic communication means, when the knowledge runs fast and reaches any corner of our World, perhaps the provision of large amounts of scientific information is not as essential as it used to be. What is needed is room for personal face-to-face opinion interchange, to hear a small comment of a colleague in front of a poster, to be present in lively discussions at the session’s end, to be aware of problems in other countries during a conversation with a colleague at lunch time, to socialize and networking. The Exhibition is in addition an important issue, in fact an opportunity to show the state-of-the-art of equipment and materials, and more important, the providers’ interest on their customers’ opinions in terms of performance but also in terms of future needs and trends. Therefore, no wonder that ISBT congresses have in the last years increasingly facilitate interaction among attendants. ISBT Barcelona 2020 will take particular care for this to be true.

There is one last issue related to our dear Transfusion Medicine congresses, that lively feeling perceived at the end of the congress, the willing to go back home to apply what you have seen or what you have discovered by yourself stimulated by your colleagues. We hope that your visit of Barcelona will provide again this high moral so important in our daily professional work with blood donors and patients.

Jose Manuel Cardenas, on behalf of the Local Committee for ISBT Barcelona 2020.

Dear friends of ISBT,

In my role as President of ISBT, it is an immense pleasure to invite you to our upcoming international congress to be held in the attractive city of Barcelona in wonderful Spain.

This time, we can offer you the remarkable combination of a seaside congress venue with views over the Mediterranean waves whilst still located in the bustling city centre. This will for sure be a memorable event where the blood transfusion community will come together to update their knowledge and connect with colleagues from near and far.

As always, ISBT caters to many tastes within the extensive field of transfusion medicine and its practices. Like a mouth-watering Spanish tapas table, our congress is a display of many flavours to highlight different aspects of blood transfusion. We love to see the increasing engagement from new subgroups and categories of members on the rise. This is true for many but not least for our young professionals who made a big splash at our recent congress and are bound to continue leading us into the future.

In addition to the experimental and translational science, which has always been ISBT’s hallmark, we are also continuously increasing our educational offering and Barcelona will be no exception. From donor recruiters to blood groupers, from transfusion practitioners to clinicians and pathogen experts, we form our popular conference programs to span the gap between theory and practice for all the aspects of our field. This time, we will extend our hugely popular ISBT Academy Day to create an educational stream throughout the whole congress. We have also committed to offer more to directors and CEOs to make sure they remain part of our family. In parallel, we will hear the latest scientific developments from top-ranking abstract presenters, hear breaking news about recently finished and ongoing clinical trials, and discuss posters over a friendly drink and snack.

ISBT commits to give a little more to its congress delegates in general and to its members in particular. In Barcelona, we have teamed up with the Spanish Society of Blood Transfusion and Cellular Therapy, and I can already now promise you a warm welcome from our hosts who have committed together with us to make this a congress to remember. At ISBT, we always go out of our way to try and make the social program match the quality of the science and education on offer. With an ever-improving program, we have had to work really hard to keep up but those of you who have visited our past few congresses know what I am talking about: From the opening night of the meeting  and exhibition, to our legendary congress parties with a local touch and live band, we expect to connect people from over hundred countries. This is how we help form international friendship, collaboration and understanding across the globe. This is what ISBT is about.

So, don’t miss out but join us in Barcelona in our efforts towards a world of safe blood!

Looking forward to seeing you all there,

Martin L Olsson
ISBT President



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