53rd Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)
On behalf of the Local Organising Committee, and after the great success of the 47th EASD Annual Meeting held in Lisbon in 2011, it is an honour to welcome this major scientific event back to our city in 2017. Lisbon, Europe’s second oldest capital, once home to the world’s greatest explorers, offers a wide variety of options to explore: wonderful architecture, magnificent monuments, a rich history, vibrant cultural life and great natural sightseeing opportunities. Surrounded by beaches, mountains and the countryside, it is a historic capital, a potpourri of unusual character and charm, an amalgam of 800 years of cultural influences mingled with modern trends and lifestyle, creating intricate and spectacular contrasts. It is the birthplace of the world’s first diabetes association – the Portuguese Diabetes Association. Founded in 1926 by Ernesto Roma, today it is a national and international model for diabetes care.The EASD Annual Meeting will take place in the Parque das Nações, at the International Fair of Lisbon (FIL), a former industrial zone, it was entirely rebuilt for Expo 98 with excellent access to downtown and the airport. The sessions will take place at the FIL and in the adjacent MEO Arena with the meeting starting with Symposia on 11 September and the Opening Session on the morning of Tuesday, 12 September. Always a rewarding meeting, with opportunities to make new contacts, meet old friends and stimulate creative exchange, we look forward to welcoming you in September 2017 for the 53rd EASD Annual Meeting in Lisbon.