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 2014 (ECO 2014)

ECO2014This year’s European Congress on Obesity will take place from 28-31 May at the National Palace of Culture, 1 Bulgaria Square. Sofia, Bulgaria. (http://www.ndk.bg/)

The congress will feature the latest research on obesity from a wide range of fields including:

  • Discovery and Integrative Science
  • Nutrition, Behaviour, Activity and Environment
  • Childhood and Lifelong Perspectives
  • Prevention, Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Clinical Management and Translation
  • Obesity as a Gateway to other Diseases

Experts from around the world will present abstracts and deliver symposia on these themes. There will be a series of press conferences to showcase the items most of interest to the media, and press releases issued throughout the congress.  A staffed media centre will be available on site to help journalists with their queries and interview requests.

Bona fide journalists may register for free at this year’s ECO congress. To request a media registration, please email [email protected]

Press releases will be issued covering each of the four days of the congress:

Weds 28 May, Thurs 29 May, Fri 30 May, Sat 31 May

Further information will be released in the days leading up to the congress

ECO2014, the 21st European Congress on Obesity

The ECO2013 Abstract Book, an official supplement of Obesity Facts, is now available online. Speaker podcasts, presentations and online ‘meet-the-expert’ sessions will be announced here in due course, so keep checking for regular updates.

It’s not too early to plan your attendance at the next ECO! ECO2014, the 21st European Congress on Obesity, will take place in the wonderful city of Sofia, Bulgaria from 28 – 31 May 2014. Visit the ECO2014 website for information and regular updates.