The Netherlands' life sciences and health 'community'

In the Amsterdam Area’s life sciences and health sector, “community” isn’t just a buzzword. Instead, cooperation and the density of internationally-renowned businesses and institutions are a key factor in the region’s status as a world leader in medical innovation and research. Multinationals, startups and other organisations also work side-by-side and collaborate in specialised hubs like Amsterdam Science Park and the Amsterdam Life Sciences District. In fact, this supportive environment isn’t limited to the Amsterdam region, it’s seen throughout the Netherlands. The country boasts one of the most concentrated life sciences regions in the world and is home to more than 2,900 companies working in the industry, creating a unique synergy few other places can offer.

In line with this reputation, the Netherlands hosts many world-class medical conferences. More locally, the Amsterdam region's internationally-renowned universities, academic hospitals and research institutions all contribute to a vibrant community that adds impact and value to industry conferences, and the region's knowledge, skills, people and aspiration makes it an ideal partner in making each event a real success.

With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the biggest industry events, seminars and meetings taking place in 2019.

24th European Haematology Association (EHA) Congress

The EHA Congress is a forum for original data, haematological innovation and evidence-based knowledge of primary clinical relevance. The programme provides a comprehensive overview of haematology while remaining easy to navigate, highlighting state-of-the-art clinical practice, recent advances in haematology, new data and the chance to hear from experts and international organisations. As well as satellite symposia, updates-in-haematology and an exhibition organised by global businesses, EHA’s YoungEHA Research Meeting will also return this year, inviting keynote speakers, PhD students, post-docs and researchers to come together to discuss haematological studies.

13-16 June, RAI Amsterdam

European Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (E-AHPBA)

The Congress of the European-African Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association is an international forum focusing on state-of-the-art developments in liver, pancreas and biliary tract surgeries. After receiving more than 800 abstract submissions for this year’s event, attendees can expect a deep-dive into HPB alongside specialists and industry leaders. This will include presentations and events focusing on cutting-edge technology and other innovative treatments. As well as keynote speakers, video sessions, focused debates and satellite symposiums, there’ll also be opportunities for delegates to meet expert professors and networking sessions where they can connect with other specialists.

2-5 June, Beurs van Berlage

e-Health Convention

The e-Health Convention brings together healthcare professionals, startups and tech companies actively involved in the health sector to discuss the latest developments, applications and innovations in e-healthcare. The interactive conference features more than 25 sessions, including expert interviews, presentations and live demos of innovative e-health projects.

31 October, Pakhuis de Zwijger

The World Drug Safety Congress Europe

Meetings and conferences in the Amsterdam Area

The World Drug Safety Congress Europe brings together specialists in drug safety, pharmacovigilance, data analytics and epidemiology, as well as key players in the biopharma sector. It aims to bridge the gap between international regulatory bodies, industry professionals and academics. Delegates can also explore the use of big data and AI in pharmacovigilance, examine management strategies and investigate how to tackle the challenges of social media and global drug-safety legislation. The schedule includes more than 60 sessions, dedicated networking sessions, interactive roundtables and several streams covering a range of specialist subjects in drug safety.

10-11 September, Hilton Amsterdam

Dutch Life Sciences Conference

The Dutch Life Sciences Conference brings together organisations and companies to help further the development of the Netherlands’ life sciences and health sector. Taking place at the Leiden Bio Science Park in November 2019, it provides a platform for delegates to network and discover the latest trends and developments in the industry. The conference programme consists of plenary sessions and parallel sessions, an investors forum, networking opportunities and an information market. In addition, the winner of the Venture Challenge Award will also be announced during the event.

28 November, Leiden Bio Science Park

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