DZT / Jim McDonald
Cologne, Medicine and healthcare
01 Mar 2016

Global Medical Association Taps into Cologne’s Rich Academic Community & Health History to Host Biennial Conference

When medical researchers and history experts came to Cologne for the biennial European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH) Conference last fall they experienced how local industry expertise in Germany can bring meetings to life.


Last September more then 120 scientists from four continents and 20 countries gathered in Cologne for the biennial European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH) Conference.  Tapping heavily into local medical and historic expertise in the city, the Institute of History and Medical Ethics at the University Hospital of Cologne served as the conference’s host location and the Institute’s director, Prof. Heiner Fangerau, served as the conference chairman.

The EAHMH was founded in 1989 with the aim of promoting scientific research and the international and interdisciplinary discussion of the history of medicine and healthcare.

The association members attending the conference included researchers from across a variety of disciplines including: medical history, demographics, social history and social anthropology.

Speakers came from Cologne and around the world under the theme of “Economics and Values In the History of Medicine and Health”, and looked at the current demand for cost-effective healthcare in North America, Europe and Australia using perspectives from 19th and 20th century medicine as a backdrop.

The conference was well received not only for the quality of the program and the local industries expertise, but also for the strong hospitality of the city of Cologne.   For example, in addition to the academic program, conference participants got to know the medical and social history of the “Cathedral City” through a tour of the special exhibit “Medicus – The Physician in Roman Cologne” at the Roman-Germanic Museum. Delegates also enjoyed a historic city tour, a boat trip on the Rhine, and traditional dining experiences.  Helping to support the strong connection between the city and the global medical community, the Cologne Convention Bureau served as a strong resource for conference planners across various aspects of the program.

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