CIRSE 2011

Dear Colleagues,

It is a great honour and special pleasure for my co-chairman, Josef Tacke, and me, that we were appointed as chairs of the Local Host Committee for the upcoming CIRSE 2011 in Munich. Together with the extremely dedicated scientific committee of CIRSE and the fantastic CIRSE organisation in Vienna, we will provide you with another great CIRSE event which will hopefully build upon the huge success of the previous meetings.

CIRSE 1988 was the last time Germany had the opportunity to host this prestigious meeting, and we are looking forward to welcoming delegates of CIRSE 2011 to Munich, the “cosmopolitan city with a heart”, which offers much more than the infamous Oktoberfest. Munich is perfectly situated at the heart of Europe - easily accessible for all by car, train and plane via the International Airport “Franz-Josef-Strauss”. Although a large and widespread city, getting around is quick and easy, thanks to an extensive transport network of buses, trams, city-trains, and subways, as well as several thousand taxis.

Our Congress venue is the International Congress Centre München (ICM), a part of the Internationale Messe München, an architecturally fascinating renovation of the “old airport” of Munich. The ICM is one of the most modern and frequently used congress centres worldwide and offers us a space of 350,000 m2, made up of numerous lecture halls and rooms of every size that can cater for more than 12,000 people. We are sure that the ICM will be a perfect environment for vibrant exchange between physicists, researchers and scientists, students, technicians and industrial representatives.

Munich itself preserves its distinct Bavarian history, and combines it effortlessly with its modern and fashionable present, demonstrated by the presence of some of the world’s best known and finest art galleries (the old, new, and modern Pinakothek, Brandhorst Museum) and museums that display both past and present, in fields as diverse as history, art and science (such as the German Technical Museum, Bavaria Film studios and BMW World). Furthermore, authentic and romantic places, and side streets with Mediterranean-style street cafes, homely and high-end restaurants, tiny ancient shops and luxury shopping miles, beg you to stroll about and experience them.

Over the recent years, CIRSE has developed into one of the most innovative, comprehensive, and fastest growing medical societies, both within Europe and beyond, emphasising the clinical and scientific importance of interventional radiology. Therefore, on behalf of the German Interventional Radiological Society (DeGIR), which is part of the Local Host Committee, and the German Radiological Society (DRG), we are very proud to host the next CIRSE meeting in Germany, which will definitely help boost the awareness of this specialty in our country. To continue the unbroken success of the recent meetings, the preliminary preparations for CIRSE 2011 are already in full swing. Thanks to the unfailing commitment of many members of our society and of our office in Vienna, a thrilling programme is going to be planned, making CIRSE 2011 another great success.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to charming Munich in 2011, and sharing a fascinating programme with you!

“Grüß Gott” in Munich,

Thomas Helmberger & Josef Tacke
Co-Chairmen of the CIRSE 2011 Local Host Committee

10 september 2011 tot en met 14 september 2011
München (Duitsland)

Scientific Programme

For CIRSE 2011, the programme has been designed around seven main themes, facilitating itinerary planning and allowing delegates to follow one of these themes with little or no overlap. This year's main topics are:

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