The city on the river Rhine has hosted numerous international congresses this autumn, including the European Congress of Pathology which was staged in the Congress Center Basel from 3 to 7 September 2022. And what was particularly gratifying was that, despite the conference being held as a hybrid event, almost 4,000 participants were welcomed in Basel in person.
Basel is Switzerland’s third-biggest city and has 200,000 inhabitants and a surface area of 37 km2, it boasts a vibrant social and cultural life and has one of the world’s most productive economies. The appeal of this region lies both in its unique position at the point where three countries meet – offering direct access to all the key transport routes and the world’s oceans – and in its long tradition as a science and research location. It is thus hardly surprising that those in charge opted for the city.
The choice also fell on Basel, however, because the Congress Center and Messe Basel are located in the heart of the city, offering participants a high-quality stay. As Raed Al Dieri puts it: “Participants can reach the Congress Center in 5 – 10 minutes on foot or by public transport, giving us some exercise while ensuring we are environmentally friendly at one and the same time.” Apart from an opening ceremony introducing participants to the customs of their host country, attendees benefited from no fewer than 177 live sessions. The ECP thus once again cemented its status as the most important European event within its specialist area.
Jonas Scharf, Head of MCH Venues which includes the Congress Center and Messe Basel, is also looking forward to the ECOC: “Such eminent events help us to further consolidate our position as a centre of knowledge and innovation.”
Your advantages at the Congress Center and Messe Basel
When you hold an event in the Congress Center or at Messe Basel, you are booking a great deal more than just a well-equipped location. You also benefit from the following advantages:
- easy access thanks to the central location, proximity to the airport and good rail connections.
- the support of an experienced and professional team with a high-quality standard.
- an uncomplicated stay at the venue with the BaselCard, which allows public transport to be used free of charge.
- an uncomplicated stay at the venue thanks to its state-of-the-art infrastructure and immediate proximity to the city centre.
- a good environmental footprint, since the City of Basel generates all its electricity from renewable energy sources.
Exhibition area (square metres): 141,000
Exhibitions (annually): 20 to 25
Visitors at the exhibition site (annually): up to 1 million
Rooms at the Congress Center: 25
Room capacity: 50 to 10,000
Events (annually): 250
MCH Messe Schweiz (Basel) AG