Dear Colleagues and Friends,
On behalf of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology (EACTA) and the Local Organising Committee, it is our great pleasure to invite you to the 2016 EACTA Annual Congress, that will take place in Basel, Switzerland, from 11-13 May.
Human factors underpinning patient safety is the theme of the 2016 EACTA Annual Congress. In recent years, we have learnt that human factors both play an essential role in the safe delivery of patient care and are a major contributor to adverse outcomes. Therefore, the Congress programme will finely focus on ‘human factors engineering’, that is ‘designing the workplace and the equipment in it to accommodate for limitations of human performance’ (WHO Patient Safety Curriculum Guide). In addition, the programme will offer a well-balanced mixture of lectures, workshops, problem-based learning discussions and meet-the-expert sessions covering many important scientific and practical issues in cardiac, thoracic and vascular anaesthesia and critical care medicine. A faculty of internationally renowned speakers will address the most important issues and hot controversies in our fields, and scientific researchers will present results of their most recent work.
The friendly and informal attitude of an EACTA Congress will give you the great opportunity to informally meet experts in the fields of cardiac, thoracic and vascular anaesthesia and critical care medicine, discuss the challenges that we are facing in clinical practice, and exchange ideas. And although the focus will be on a stimulating professional meeting, the EACTA Annual Congress is not only about education and science; it is also about networking, meeting old friends again, and making new friends.
Finally, also use the opportunity to enjoy the charming and joyful city of Basel with colleagues and friends. Basel is located on the Rhine River at the Three Countries Corner of Switzerland, Germany and France where diverse cultures, a multifaceted history, and modern art and architecture all converge. It is renowned for its well preserved old town, world-class museums, and landmarks of modern architecture by masters like Herzog & de Meuron, Mario Botta or Renzo Piano. Close by Basel are tourist sites in the Swiss Alps (for example, travel to Zermatt in just 3 hours by train), the Black Forest (DE) and the Alsace (FR) for you to explore. And be sure not to miss the pastry shops, sidewalk cafes and delicious restaurants: to explore Basel is a festival of all senses!
Welcome to the EACTA Annual Congress in Basel!
Manfred Seeberger, Chair of the LOC
Jens Fassl, Co-chair of the LOC
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