Zurich was virtually predestined to be the venue for the first international and interdisciplinary specialist conference in Europe.
The 1st Evolutionary Medicine Conference on the theme of “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Health and Disease” took place at Zurich University from July 30–August 1, 2015. The conference was attended by a total of 140 participants, including a Nobel Prize winner.
The reception was held on the eve of the first event day at the Elephant Park at Zurich Zoo, and the closing dinner on July 31 at the Zunfthaus zur Zimmerleuten. On August 1, Swiss National Day, the delegates were invited on a cruise on Lake Zurich, from where they had a perfect view of the traditional fireworks display.
When asked the reason why the conference was held in Zurich and in what way Zurich Tourism’s Convention Bureau had been to assist, Dr. Kaspar Staub, Institute Manager of the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (EMI) and co-organizer of the conference, replied:
“The Institute for Evolutionary Medicine at Zurich University is one of the leading establishments of its kind in the world, so Zurich was virtually predestined to host the first international and interdisciplinary specialist conference in Europe. Zurich Tourism’s Convention Bureau were extremely helpful in organizing the accommodation and social events, as well as in providing us with material (city maps, etc.)”