This year saw the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) 22nd World Congress taking place in the UK for the first time, held at London’s QEII Centre in partnership with Central Hall Westminster from 29 August to 2 September.
IFSO brings together world leaders in metabolic and bariatric surgery to educate, discuss and collaborate, with a scientific programme at the London event including a two-day International Conference on Sleeve Gastrectomy and 10 parallel scientific sessions during the main congress.
The British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) coordinated the event on behalf of the federation. The successful bid was orchestrated by London & Partners, with PCO partner TFI Group working closely with events teams at QEII and Central Hall to deliver the five-day event.
For the first time the congress had a non-medical speaker, with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the world’s greatest living explorer, delivering an inspirational speech at the Presidential Address.
Eija Hakkinen, Project Director for IFSO 2017, said: “The United Kingdom is a centre of excellence for obesity surgery. The British government and NHS have prioritised obesity and metabolic disorders and as a result the UK, and in particular London, is a knowledge hub for the sector.
“QEII and Central Hall were chosen as not only do they provide the facilities for a multi-stream event and exhibition, but the excellent location in London, directly opposite London icons Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, ensured international delegates could enjoy the experience only London can bring.
“IFSO has been a great project with almost 2,758 international delegates from 82 different countries, an excellent complex scientific programme of over 500 invited speakers and abstract presenters, with over 50 exhibitors. The congress exceeded its original target of 1800 global delegates as well as succeeded in surpassing its initial sponsorship target by 300%.”