6 Danish Events and Places You Can’t Miss Out On During ESMO 2016

The annual ESMO congress represents a great opportunity for international experts in oncology to present their research with the aim of finding the most effective cancer treatment solutions available today.

ESMO 2016 will be held in Copenhagen next week, between 7-11 October. In order to make your stay there as pleasant and memorable as possible, we’ve put together a list with a couple of events that take place in Copenhagen next week and a few places that you could visit.

 

Electric Guitars @ Portalen

Fan of heavy guitar music? You can actually attend a concert by the Danish Rock Band Electric Guitars on October 8th at Portalen, Greve Theater & Music House. This is definitely a must-see performance for genuine guitar lovers!

 

Pj Harvey @ Falconer Concert Hall

This one is for Indie/ Alternative Rock fans. After a successful performance at this year’s Roskilde Festival, British Singer and Musician PJ Harvey will visit Copenhagen and give a concert at Falconer Concert Hall. PJ Harvey (born October 9, 1969) is the stage name of seminal British indie/alternative rock musician Polly Jean Harvey. You can still purchase tickets here.

 

YOGA Classes @ Urban House

Yoga Superstar Domitilla teaches a series of basic Yoga classes in the morning of October 11th.

Her yoga and meditation moves, along with a small introduction to the poses and mudras involved in Hinduism and Buddhism will definitely lighten up the spirits for the entire day.

Visit Kronborg Castle, the home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, north of Copenhagen, is one of Europe’s most amazing Renaissance castles and was built in 1574-1585.

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Castle of Hamlet in Elsinore. Denmark

The Castle has an international reputation from Shakespeare’s Hamlet whose spirit is still roaming the hallways of Kronborg. Every summer, visitors every summer you can attend a Hamlet performance on an open air stage in the courtyard.

Collections of Renaissance and Baroque interiors can be admired inside the castle. One of the main attractions is the 62-metre ballroom. Kronborg Castle was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2000.

 

See the Crown Jewels at the Rosenborg Castle

The Rosenborg Castle is set in the King’s Garden at the heart of Copenhagen, housing royal artworks as well as the Crown Jewels and Royal Regalia.

The castle was built by Scandinavian king Christian IV, in the early 17th century.

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When entering the castle it feels like taking a journey back in time. Everything is very well preserved, from the king’s private writing cabinet and bathroom to the Knights’ Hall where the coronation thrones stand. Wax figures of former royal inhabitants make everything look and feel very lively.

Here, you can see Denmark’s crown jewels which primarily consist of four sets: a diamond set, a ruby set, a pearl set, and an emerald set. All of them will deeply impress you!

 

End a Long Day at Nyhavn

Originally, Nyhavn was a busy commercial port, crowded with ships and sailors from all over the world. Nowadays, it’s a place where visitors can admire old houses, dine at classy restaurants and listen to jazz music by the canal.

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The oldest house in the area dates back to 1681 and can be found at no. 9, Nyhavn. Its design has not been tampered with since the initial construction. A large part of the houses you’ll see there have belonged to well-known artists and writers. As a matter of fact, Hans Christian Andersen, the famous Danish writer, lived at no. 20. He also lived twenty years at no. 67 and two years at no. 18.

We’re hoping that this information will make your stay in Copenhagen worthwhile and memorable. We’ll also be there between 7-11 October. See you at the ESMO 2016 Congress!

 

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The EAACI Congress 2017 is in Helsinki. Top 5 Locations to Visit while There

The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, EAACI, is an association of more than 50 National Allergy Societies, over 9,500 academicians, research investigators and clinicians, from 121 different countries across the globe.

EAACI’s Annual Congress is one of the biggest international meetings dedicated to Allergology and Clinical Immunology. It brings together thousands of delegates from every corner of the world, and provides many sessions covering all aspects of their field.

EAACI 2017 will be held in Helsinki, Finland, a city situated on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. According to Wikipedia: “In 2011, the Monocle magazine ranked Helsinki the most liveable city in the world in its “Liveable Cities Index 2011”. In the Economist Intelligence Unit’s August 2015 Liveability survey, assessing the best and worst cities to live in globally, Helsinki placed among the world’s top ten cities.”

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Scenic summer view of the Old Port pier architecture with ships, yachts and other boats in the Old Town of Helsinki, Finland.

To make your stay in Helsinki as memorable as possible, we’ve put together a list with the top 5 locations that you can visit while you’re there:

Visit the Ateneum Art Museum

Ateneum is Finland’s National Museum of Art and it boasts some of the most loved classic works of Finnish art – paintings and sculptures from the late 19th century through to the 1950s, including works by Albert Edelfelt, Hugo Simberg, Helene Schjerfbeck, the Von Wright brothers and Pekka Halonen.

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There’s also a collection of 19th and early 20th century foreign art, including works such as

Rembrandt’s Monk Reading and Vincent van Gogh’s Street in Auvers-sur-Oise.

The building hosting the Ateneum Art Museum dates from 1887.

 

Walk around the Design District

You can learn more about how design has become a lifestyle for the Finns and visit design stores by going on a 2-hour walking tour around the Design District. You will also learn about iconic Finnish designers such as Alvar Aalto, Eero Aarnio and Jukka Rintala.
The design quarter now spans over 25 streets and features over 200 design spots.

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Be Amazed at the Temppeliaukio Church

It’s not age that makes the Temppeliaukio Church one of the most well-known architectural sights in Finland. The “Rock Church” as some call it, was only built in 1969 and designed by brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen. What makes it truly special is the fact that it is built inside of a massive block of natural granite in the middle of a residential square. Its copper roof shines with natural light that brightens the inside through 180 glasses between the dome and the wall. Concerts are oftentimes being held inside the church because of its enhanced acoustics.

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Go to the Zoo

You won’t believe it but Helsinki Zoo Korkeasaari was established in 1889 which makes it one of the oldest zoos in the world. In here, you’ll see around 200 different animal species, from the arctic tundra to the tropical rainforest. There are also around a 1000 different plant species.

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Restore the Calm at the Kamppi Chapel of Silence

The Kamppi Chapel of Silence is located in the Narinkkatori square and it’s a Lutheran chapel.   There, people can enjoy a moment of calm and silence at the centre of what is probably Finland’s busiest area. The church promotes contemporary architecture and also works as an  exhibition area. It’s a place where visitors can meet both a priest and a social worker.

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As you’ve seen, there are quite a few things to visit and do while you’re in Helsinki. Don’t let the opportunity of learning more about this beautiful city slip away.
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5 Things to Do in London while Attending EAU 2017

The 32nd Annual EAU Congress is the second annual EAU event to be held in London since 1988. The event will take place between 24-28 March 2017. More than 14,000 professional visitors and participants are expected to attend the event for its in-depth scientific programme, presented and examined by 1,400 expert speakers and lecturers.

If you happen to be in London for the 32nd Annual EAU Congress, there are plenty of things that you can do and see after the daily congress programme. We’ve picked 5 things that are totally related to London and that will create that unique connection between you and this impressive city.

 

Visit the Impressive Wellcome Collection

This was amassed by Sir Henry Wellcome, a pioneering 19th-century pharmacist, and it comprises a collection of items related to the medical trade. Some of them are really fascinating – used guillotine blades, ivory carvings of pregnant women and even Napoleon’s toothbrush. Apart from these, there are also some works of modern art on display.

One well known item that’s part of the Wellcome Collection is the leather resuscitator. Its story will definitely bewilder any reader. This leather resuscitator was used in the 18th century to revive victims of drowning by blowing smoke up their rectum. So that’s why these resuscitator were actually placed along the Thames river. It was pretty common for people to fall in the river at that time.

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Thanks to a £17.5 million development project, more areas of the Wellcome building have recently been opened, including two new galleries and the beautiful Reading Room.

 

See a Play at the Royal National Theatre

This is known to be one of the greatest theatres in the world, showcasing a varied programme, including Shakespeare and other international classic drama, as well as new plays by contemporary playwrights. The theatre features four auditoriums – Olivier, Lyttelton, Dorfman and Temporary- and each auditorium can run up to three shows in repertoire.

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In June 2009, the theatre started National Theatre Live (NT Live), a programme of simulcasts of live productions to cinemas, first in the United Kingdom and then its greatest hits got beamed across the globe to over 1,000 venues in 35 countries.

While at the National Theatre, you also have access to eating and drinking facilities, including flagship restaurant House.

 

Visit the British Museum

The British Museum was opened in 1759 and it was actually the first national museum to be open to the public in the whole world. It was free to visit then and it still is free to visit today. It’s a great opportunity for every history lover to connect with other cultures, be they ancient or contemporary. You can also find there the most significant finds made by British explorers such as the Rosetta Stone from Ancient Egypt and the Parthenon sculpture from the Acropolis in Athens. The galleries are organised by location and periods in history – Ancient Iran, Greece, China from 5000 BC onwards, Roman Britain, etc.

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The British Museum opens its doors to over six million visitors every year, being one of the world’s most popular attractions.

 

Go for a Spin in the London Eye

This observation wheel started turning in 2000. When built in 1999 it was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. The trip takes 30 minutes for a full rotation and on a clear day passengers can see as far as Windsor Castle. On most days. you can see if the Queen’s opened the curtains yet at Buckingham Palace 🙂

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Take a Walk on the Tower Bridge

Although the Tower Bridge is only 120 years old, the fact that it lifts up in the middle when large vessels are passing underneath makes it famous across the globe and an iconic symbol of London. As Wikipedia explains it: “The bridge consists of two bridge towers tied together at the upper level by two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal tension forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers.” On average, Tower Bridge is raised 850 times a year.

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The bridge’s walkways have a floor made of glass that gives you the feeling that you’re standing on top of the Thames without anything between the water and your feet.

These are only 5 things that you can do in London during the 32nd Annual EAU Congress. If you need more information on what can be done there, check out the London Pass website.

 

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4 Reasons Why Madrid is a Great Destination for the EULAR Congress in 2017

The Annual European Congress of Rheumatology was first held in 2000 and has since then become the primary meeting event for medical doctors, scientists, people with arthritis/rheumatism, health professionals and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry worldwide. Usually, the EULAR congress takes place every year, in June, in one of Europe’s major cities.

In 2017, the EULAR congress will be held in Madrid, Spain. The city is not only one of the most renowned ones in Europe for its beauty but also one that sees an increasing number of visitors walking its roads and paths every year. What makes Madrid so special and why is it a perfect location for the EULAR congress? You’re about to find out.

 

Madrid’s History

The city was originally called Mayrit and it was founded by the emir Muhammad at the end of the IX century. Under the Arab occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, the city gained importance and surpassed Toledo which had previously been the main Spanish centre.

Panoramic view of Gran Via, Madrid, Spain.
Panoramic aerial view of Gran Via, main shopping street in Madrid, capital of Spain, Europe.

Because Madrid passed from Muslim to Christian hands several times during the Reconquest of Spain by the Christians, a mixture of cultures still characterizes the city even today. The present location of Madrid, at the centre of Spain, was established by king Alfonso I in 1083.

It was over the following centuries that the city developed in what we see today. The Main Square (Plaza Mayor) was built under the auspice of John II during the 13th century. Later on, Enrique III ordered the building of El Pardo Palace as a place of residence for royal visits. In 1561, the Spanish Court was transferred from its location in Toledo to Madrid.

The Spanish Constitution of 1978 confirmed Madrid as capital city of Spain after the death of General Franco.

Nowadays, Madrid has a population of around 3 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area and nearly 6 million people in the whole province of Madrid.

 

Plaza Mayor

It was designed in 1619 by Juan Gómez de Mora and built in typical Herrerian style, of which the slate spires are the most obvious expression. Until 1878, bullfights, often in celebration of royal weddings or births, were a recurring event in the Plaza. Also, during the Spanish Inquisition, ritual condemnations of heretics, followed by executions would also be carried out here.

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In 1790, a fire greatly destroyed the square, which was then rebuilt under the supervision of Juan de Villanueva, who lent his name to the building where we can visit nowadays the Museo del Prado.

The present frescoes date back to 1992 when Madrid was named the European Capital of Culture. They were made by artist Carlos Franco and represent signs of the zodiac and different gods.

 

Museo del Prado

It hosts one of the world’s top art galleries, with more than 7000 paintings in its collection (including renowned artists like Velázquez, Goya, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, José de Ribera and Francisco de Zurbarán).

Museo del Prado

In 1785, the western wing of the Prado was completed and is now known as the neoclassical Palacio de Villanueva. Although it was initially meant to serve as a house of science, the building was used as cavalry barracks for Napoleon’s troops during their occupation of Madrid between 1808 and 1813.

It was in 1814 that King Fernando VII decided to use the palace as a museum, with the purpose of storing royal paintings. In 1819, the Museo del Prado opened for visitors with 311 Spanish paintings on display.

 

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

In the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, visitors can see art from the 13th century to the late 20th century. There are nearly one thousand works on display and visitors can take a glimpse at the main periods of western art including the Renaissance, Mannerism, the Baroque, Rococo, Romanticism and the art of the 19th and 20th centuries up to Pop Art.

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

You can see a mix of the big three of cubism, Picasso, Georges Braque and Madrid’s own Juan Gris, along with several other contemporaries.

Some of the museum’s most valuable pieces can be found on the 1st floor. There’s a Gainsboroug, a Goya, Van Gogh’s Les Vessenots, the Woman in Riding Habit by Manet, The Thaw at Véthueil by Monet, Renoir’s Woman with a Parasol in a Garden and Pissarro’s quintessentially Parisian Rue Saint-Honoré in the Afternoon. Cézanne, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas and other big names like Picasso, Matisse and Modigliani can also be found on this floor.

Madrid is an amazing city for many reasons. Some of them we outlined in this article, others are there for you to discover.

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