ECO2017 Newsletter November 2016

The 24th European Congress on Obesity (ECO2017) will take place in the beautiful city of Porto from 17 to 20 May 2017.

We are currently developing the scientific programme and you have an opportunity to shape it. Help us create a programme that meets your needs, by submitting an abstract or symposium suggestion. The calls for symposia suggestions and abstract submissions are now open. The deadline for receipt of Symposia Suggestions is Friday 25 November 2016.

We have listened to delegate feedback and have made special efforts to highlight poster presentations in 2017. We will organise guided poster sessions (at lunchtime with minimal competition), there will be a poster pitch session as part of the parallel programme, and we will host a posters networking reception with refreshments.

A programme overview and list of topics can be viewed on the congress website.

We look forward to welcoming you to Porto, one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe.

The 24th European Congress on Obesity (ECO2017)

The 24th European Congress on Obesity (ECO2017) will take place in the beautiful city of Porto from 17 to 20 May 2017.   

We are currently developing the scientific programme and you have an opportunity to shape it.   Help us create a programme that meets your needs, by submitting an abstract or symposium suggestion.  The call for symposia suggestions and abstract submissions is now open.   

We have listened to delegate feedback and have made special efforts to highlight poster presentations in 2017.  We will organise guided poster sessions (at lunchtime with minimal competition), there will be a poster pitch session as part of the parallel programme, and we will host a posters networking reception with refreshments.

 A programme overview and list of topics can be viewed on the congress website.

We look forward to welcoming you to Porto, one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe.  

Reflections on the European Congress on Obesity: a patient perspective Ken Clare, EASO Patient Council Steering Committee

Reflections on the European Congress on Obesity: a patient perspective Ken Clare, EASO Patient Council Steering CommitteeI have been privileged to have attended four European Obesity Congresses. Over the years I have observed and have been part of the development and expansion of patient involvement in the Congress experience.

The first year of my involvement, I was invited to speak at the 2013 ECO in Liverpool, which is my home city. I was invited to speak about my experiences as a patient as part of the DORIAN project seminar. The feedback I received following the event was really positive and I made some great personal connections. I was also fortunate to have been able to attend the pre-Congress bariatric surgery session. The speakers’ dinner that year was held at the Liverpool Football Club, which had a strong global reputation among attendees.

2014’s Congress was held in Sofia, Bulgaria. I was delighted to see many more members of patient communities attending. Friendships were made and bonds were forged. We held an organizing meeting where we participated along with several key European health professionals. The conference centre that year was a daunting Soviet era building. We spent time together and discussed developing a formal organisation. The seeds of a European patient community were sown there in Sofia.

2015 saw us travelling to Prague for the Congress. Prague is a beautiful and historic city. We were hosted by Patient Council member, Alexandra Fraisova. We held our first formal Patients Council meeting. As I looked through the photographs I took at the event – it brings back happy memories.

In 2016, the European Obesity Summit was held in Gothenburg, Sweden, where we were hosted by Patient Council Steering Committee member Christina Fleetwood and  Swedish Patient Council member Orley Andreasson and his national association HOBBS. This most recent meeting saw the Patient Council reach a new level of engagement. Members took part in the opening plenary session, the media master classes and several formal sessions. We had a Patient Council lounge where we could spend time together and network between sessions and meetings, and we were delighted to welcome new members to our community.  I spoke with many professional attendees and exhibitors at the conference, and the Patient Council is now truly a central part of the European Obesity Congress process.

Although it is only August, plans are already being made for our attendance at ECO 2017 in beautiful Porto, Portugal. I would like to extend thanks to Sheree Bryant, Euan Woodward and Tommy Visscher for their professional and personal support. We also like to thank the Executive of EASO for their belief and investment in the Patients Council.

European Congress on Obesity (ECO2017)

eco2017logo_rgb_200Following a very successful congress in Gothenburg, we are pleased to remind you that the 24th annual European Congress on Obesity (ECO2017) will be held in the beautiful city of Porto, 17-20 May, 2017.

A programme overview and list of topics can be viewed on the congress website. The call for symposia suggestions and abstract submissions will be issued in September 2016. We look forward to welcoming you to Porto.

http://eco2017.easo.org/

EOS2016 Abstract Submission is now Open

eco2016logo_128In 2016 the congresses of EASO (ECO2016) and the IFSO European Chapter (2016 IFSO-EC Annual Congress) will merge to create the inaugural European Obesity Summit (EOS2016). This exciting congress will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 1 to 4 June 2016 and we are delighted to announce that we are now accepting abstracts.

Be a part of the official congress programme and submit your abstract before the submission deadline of Friday 15th January 2016. Abstract submission is free and we encourage all colleagues with an interest in obesity to submit. View the main programme topics to see where your work will best fit

The main scientific programme is regularly updated on the congress website.

Help us to design a programme you want to see!

The Organising Committee has created a vibrant platform which will bring together colleagues from every area of obesity research, prevention and management. The programme will devote significant session time to the traditional ECO and IFSO topics but will in addition create exciting joint sessions designed to encourage new ways of thinking. The EOS2016 programme will include a mix of plenary lectures, oral communications, poster sessions and symposia.

Help us create a conference that you want to attend. We’re welcoming suggestions for symposia so please use the online submission form to propose your session by Friday 27 November 2015.