Amsterdam RAI as the ideal location 

The World Congress of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) will be held at the RAI Amsterdam conference centre from 31 March to 3 April, 2016. This event is the global forum for everyone involved in OA research and treatment, including scientists, physicians, and allied health professionals and policy makers. OARSI is a non-profit scientific organization whose mission is to advance research for the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis.

The congress will feature a worldwide selection of expert speakers addressing a wide range of topics related to osteoarthritis, which is a debilitating disease that affects more than 600 million people around the world. This year’s program includes scientific sessions, workshops, and lunchtime symposia, and mentorship sessions are also planned for young investigators. The event will close with the Year in Review, in which internationally renowned research leaders will provide an overview of recent progress in key areas of OA research. There will also be a special dinner (PDF) on 2 April held at the church building De Duif, a hidden gem amid the stately homes on the Prinsengracht.  

A true science hub 

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is the Netherlands’ leading region for the life sciences. As home to renowned universities, academic hospitals, and specialised research institutes, the city offers access to the latest innovations, technologies, and centres of expertise. The city is also home to the Amsterdam Science Park, an internationally recognised centre for research, education, and entrepreneurship. About 120 companies here work in the fields of physics, chemistry, ICT, and life sciences, forming the largest concentration of beta sciences in Europe. Likewise, the park’s unique mix of education, research, and business has been designed to stimulate innovation and collaboration as much as possible.