There are no words to describe how we feel about this exceptional event. We had 8500 attendees! That figure speaks for itself. This congress is your success and will no doubt go down in history; and we will all be able to say, I was there! France has been so proud to welcome delegates to the IFOS meeting and we hope they loved the magical city of Paris and will come back again soon! See you in Vancouver in 2021 for the next ENT IFOS Congress!”
The IFOS meeting in Paris in June was quite a spectacle: with 8,500 delegates from around the globe, ‘internationalism’ was the buzzword. ENT & Audiology News magazine was front and centre of the event, as we were producing a daily newsletter for the delegates – this provided day-by-day updates on the previous day’s key events, along with previews of the next day’s main features. We were delighted to meet so many eminent clinicians at our stand and to strengthen our ties with organisations such as the AAO-HNS.
Amongst the more quirky elements of the meeting were the roving Canadian mountie ‘Mike’ (at the conference to promote Vancouver as the next IFOS venue; he was clearly good at his job as the decision was for Vancouver to host IFOS 2021), and the ‘Science and Senses’ stand – which explored the interaction between ENT and artistic endeavour (for example, balance in dancers, olfaction in oenophiles (predictably popular) and vocal expression in song).
The range of sessions on offer was dizzying – even within my own small field of laryngology, I frequently found myself having to decide between two equally interesting-looking sessions.
The traditional course gala dinner did not disappoint – it was held in the Louvre, and delegates were treated to access to the galleries before the dinner started. The opportunity to enjoy the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo was too good to pass up. And the musical entertainment after the meal took us on a whistle-stop tour of the operatic greats.
Vancouver in 2021 has quite a lot to live up to… But we are looking forward to it already.