First congress with health safety standards was a success

Geneviève Koch-Buurke
Geneviève Koch-Buurke
Organizing a congress with the new health safety standards is a challenge. Find out what went on behind the scenes at the 113th Congress of the Swiss Ophthalmological Society (SSO) which took place on 27-28 August 2020 at the Swisstech Convention Center on the EPFL campus in Lausanne. It was organized in collaboration with IMK Institute for Medicine and Communication SA.

The annual SSO congress gathered almost 600 participants. At the opening of the congress, there was a lot of suspense. Indeed, there was an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the canton of Vaud. Thanks to the professionalism of all the parties involved in the project and the respect of the rules in force, the congress went off optimally and to the satisfaction of the participants.

In partnership with the local authorities, we drew up a health plan for the event, including COVID measures and flow management. The participants were divided into two groups of 300 and each group could follow all the conferences at any time, either in person from the conference room or by streaming for the conferences held in the other part of the building. Then, in the middle of the day, we reversed the two groups after scrupulously disinfecting the spaces, so that each participant could visit the exhibition during the day.

The congress participants and exhibitors accepted the measures put in place and fulfilled them, even if this did not allow them to behave quite like a “normal” congress. Everyone felt safe. The concept of safety and the feeling of safety was welcomed by the scientific committee as well as the exhibitors and participants. The cleaning teams did an outstanding job and were active throughout the event.

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