World Osteoporosis Congress in Florence with record attendance

The IOF WCO-ECCEO10 Congress which took place in Florence, Italy from May 5-8, 2010 was by all counts the most successful World Congress ever held, with 5, 500 registrants from all continents and more than 850 abstracts received. [link download=1920]View presentation[/link]

Following a final review of attendance figures, IOF and ESCEO are pleased to announce that the IOF WCO-ECCEO10 which took place in Florence, Italy from May 5-8, 2010 was by all counts the most successful World Congress ever held, with a record number of participants.

Registrants from across the globe, with strong European and local participation
The Congress attracted 5, 500 registrants from all continents. The largest delegation of European participants (73.89%) was followed by an unexpectedly large delegation from Asia (8.20%) and North America (6.35%). Researchers and clinicians from South America and the Middle East (ca. 3% each) were also in attendance.

As the host country, Italy was well represented with almost 600 registrants, many of whom attended the final symposium co-hosted by four national societies.

Record number of abstracts; programme of high scientific quality; CME credits
The Scientific organization committee was extremely pleased with the number and high quality of the scientific abstracts received – a record of 850. This confirms that the IOF WCO-ECCEO10 was considered an important platform for osteoporosis research.

Participants experienced a broad and challenging scientific programme with 12 plenary sessions, nineteen primarily clinically oriented meet-the-expert topics in multiple sessions, and 8 special sessions and symposia with a topical focus. Twelve Satellite symposia enhanced the scientific programme with a wealth of quality information and practical new knowledge for clinicians.

For the first time at the World Congress of Osteoporosis, continuing medical education credits were offered, a bonus which is much appreciated by the delegates. The EACCME accreditation is recognized by the American Medical Association towards the Physicians' Recognition Award (PRA).

Worldwide media impact
The Congress was preceded by a strong media campaign, attracting 90 registered journalists from online, print, radio and TV media. Significant media impact was the result, with articles and reports appearing around the world. Only 4 days after the meeting, IOF press releases alone have resulted in more than 400 online articles and links.

Future joint congresses in Europe
Due to the enormous success of the Congress, IOF and ESCEO have agreed to continue their collaboration in the organization of scientific meetings in Europe until 2013. The two organizations will jointly plan annual meetings, the European Congress on Osteoporosis, which will offer comprehensive scientific programmes and provide a quality forum for the latest research in bone diseases. Future meetings include ECCEO11-IOF from March 23 to 26, 2011 in Valencia, Spain and IOF-ECCEO12 in Bordeaux, France from March 21 to 24, 2012.