07.02.2018 Austria Center Vienna and Medical University of Vienna: joint initiative for Vienna as a congress location

Gemeinsame Initiative für den Kongressstandort Wien: Susanne Baumann-Söllner (Vorständin Austria Center Vienna) und Markus Müller (Rektor Medizinische Universität Wien)  © MedUni Wien/Matern Bild vergrößern

The Austria Center Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna have a shared goal: to bring as many specialist international congresses to Vienna as possible. Under the new cooperation, Austria’s largest congress centre and the nation’s largest medical teaching institution will work even more closely together. 

“Austria’s professors and researchers are the most important ambassadors we have when it comes to promoting Vienna’s international standing as a location for congresses – which is why we do everything in our power to support various faculties’ bids to host their specialist events. There are lots of beneficiaries whenever a major international congress comes to Vienna – in addition to the financial upside for the city, it also has a positive impact on the capital as a research base,” explained Austria Center Vienna Managing Director, Susanne Baumann-Söllner. 

Cooperation strengthens research hub
The Austria Center Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna have already worked together on numerous medical congresses, and are now looking to take the cooperation to the next level, as the university’s rector Markus Müller explained: “Congresses make a decisive contribution to the way university research facilities are perceived on the international stage, and are major milestones in the careers of the professors behind them. Which is why I would be very happy if this joint initiative brought even more large-scale conferences to Vienna, attracting leading international experts to the city.”

Successful ambassador program
Launched in 2016, the Austria Center Vienna’s high-profile ambassador programme reaches out to top Austrian researchers who can help influence which destinations are chosen for future events as part of their involvement in international scientific associations. They receive tips on how to communicate the destination’s strengths and can take advantage of exclusive networking opportunities surrounding the event. The institute responsible for bringing the congress to the city also has the opportunity to claim a third-party research grant amounting to 10% of the space rental.

2018 set to be record-breaking year
The Austria Center Vienna expects the year ahead to be a record breaker. In addition to hosting the meetings under Austria’s rotating presidency of the European Council, the venue will host 18 congresses, including eight large-scale international medical get-togethers with a combined attendance of around 40,000. The Vienna Convention Bureau, led by Christian Mutschlechner, plays a significant role in bringing events like these to the capital. Remodelling plans will be presented for the now 30-year-old building in spring. This will open up completely new ways for our event organisers to use the space while making the space around the venue more attractive for the general public.

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IAKW-AG – Austria Center Vienna
David Scheurich, Press Officer
Tel: + 43-676-4392579
Mail: david.scheurich@acv.at

Mag. Johannes Angerer
Head/PR-Manager
Tel.: 01/ 40 160 11 501
Mail: pr@meduniwien.ac.at
Spitalgasse 23, 1090 Wien
www.meduniwien.ac.at/pr 

About IAKW-AG
Internationales Amtssitz- und Konferenzzentrum Wien, Aktiengesellschaft (IAKW-AG) is responsible for maintaining the Vienna International Centre (VIC) and operating the Austria Center Vienna. The Austria Center Vienna is Austria’s largest conference centre, with 24 halls, 180 meeting rooms, and some 22,000 m² of exhibition space, and is one of the top players on the international conference circuit. Visit www.acv.at for additional information.  

About the Medical University of Vienna
The Medical University of Vienna (MedUni Vienna) is one of the longest established medical training and research centres in Europe. With around 8,000 students it is one of the largest universities of its kind in the German speaking world. MedUni Vienna employs 5,500 people and operates 26 university clinics, 12 medical theory centres and numerous highly specialised laboratories, making it one of the top biomedical research facilities in the whole of Europe. 

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Susanne Baumann-Söllner und Markus Müller (c)MedUni Wien/Matern
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