Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is our great pleasure to formally announce ICNC11, the International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT, which will be held in Berlin, Germany, from 5 - 8 May 2013.
The ICNC meeting, a key international scientific event for nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT imaging, has been organising meetings for more than 20 years. Biennially, it provides the opportunity for practitioners from all over the world to gather to learn about new advances and to exchange scientific ideas and experiences in a unique environment. The upcoming meeting will provide an exciting and diversified scientific programme which offers a full spectrum of educational opportunities ranging from continuing education to cutting-edge presentations of new and original scientific research.
A core curriculum, as well as advanced and research tracks will be available. As in the past, submitted abstracts will come from a wide geographical area which reinforces the message that ICNC is an important international scientific event. Many “Read with the Experts” case review sessions will allow participants to improve their interpretative skills for cardiac CT and SPECT and PET examinations.
ICNC11 will also provide a unique opportunity by which our Industry Partners may network with the most influential non-invasive cardiologists and cardiovascular imaging specialists from across the world. Unique to this meeting will be an even greater emphasis on presentations by young investigators. In addition to the awards and grants we already offer such as the ESC Working Group Travel Grants and the free registration for presenters in the Young Investigator Awards session, this year we will be offering two new categories of grants, the ICNC Grants and the ICNC Young Scientist Award. These 20 grants attributed to abstract presenters and young cardiologists will be generously provided by the ICNC Organising Committee and will carry a stipend of €1 500 per person. The Young Scientist Award will carry a stipend of €5 000 to the winner chosen onsite. The impetus for the increase in Travel Awards is to invest resources from previous successful meetings to the future of the field.
The venue of ICNC11 is the beautiful city of Berlin. Berlin is recognisable as a city of medical sciences by its expertise, diversity and the way that research, educational and business entities closely interact. Germany’s capital city combines all the things necessary for a successful congress. It is one of the most history rich, eclectic and affordable capital cities in Europe!! Delegates on a budget can find affordable accommodation and meals, all within walking distance of the congress centre. The ICNC organisers have selected this city for its popularity not only within Europe but because it is a favoured destination from the Americas, Asia and throughout the world.
During the three days of scientific sessions, attendees will explore new directions in nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT, and meet with our colleagues from all around the globe. An active social programme will also be featured and our Host Committee will help to plan a splendid Opening Ceremony and grand Gala Dinner.
We hope that you will consider attending ICNC11 in Berln. It promises to be a conference to remember.
Frank Bengel, DE Organising Committee Co-Chairperson
Rob Gropler, US Organising Committee Co-Chairperson