Monday 26th August 2013 to Friday 30th August 2013
Meeting Chair: Prof. David Castro-Diaz (Urologist)
Scientific Chair: Dr. Montserrat Espuña Pons (Gynecologist)
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to come and join us in Barcelona for the 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Continence Society (ICS).
Barcelona is the capital and the most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. It is the fourth most visited city in Europe and 11th in the world, and has consistently ranked as one of the best cities in Europe in terms of quality of life. Barcelona is recognised as a global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts and international trade. Barcelona has a dynamic and open personality so typical of Mediterranean cities and is a perfect destination to relax, stroll around and enjoy. Barcelona has a fascinating history and is the cradle of many cultures and a witness to major transformations. The Mediterranean climate of Barcelona has rare days of extreme weather. In August the temperature ranges from a maximum of 29ºC to a minimum of 21ºC.
The Scientific Committee, chaired by Montserrat Espuña-Pons, is working hard in order to provide an excellent scientific programme which will meet the high standards of the ICS. Three days of the best original research will follow two days of educational programme.
The social programme will have a distinctly Spanish feel, making the most of local Catalonian culture and customs. The Welcome Reception and Annual Dinner will give you the opportunity to experience local tastes and meet up with old friends, as well making new acquaintances.
The annual meeting venue will be the International Convention Centre of Barcelona which is located close to the Olympic pier in one of the best areas in town with many hotels within walking distance.
I very much hope you will take this opportunity to visit Spain and I look forward to meeting you in Barcelona in August 2013.
The City of Barcelona
Barcelona is situated on the North Eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula and the shores of the Mediterranean. Barcelona is unmistakably a Mediterranean city, not only because of its geographic location but also because of its history, tradition and cultural influences. It is today an important cultural center and a major tourist destination with a rich cultural heritage. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudi and Lluís Domènech i Montaner that have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as the art of Miró and Picasso. Barcelona is a city where you can stroll through a wide variety of public parks and gardens. If time allows, visit the Parc de Collserola, a protected natural site covering a surface area of some 8,000 hectares, and the Parc de Montjuïc.
Fabulous architecture, brilliant Spanish cuisine, flamboyant culture and wonderful weather combine to make Barcelona a truly magnificent city. For details on Barcelona, we recommend you visit the official tourism website: www.barcelonaturisme.com/
Barcelona Airport is located south-west of the city of Barcelona. It is just 3 km from the Port of Barcelona, one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean for container traffic and the leader in the cruise market. Barcelona airport operates over 1000 flights every day and receives 33 million passengers a year. Barcelona Airport is located at 12 Km (20/30 minutes) from the city and connected to by train and bus.
Barcelona is also an important railway link, connected favorably with the rest of Spain and with Europe which constitutes an advantageous link in the intermodal transport chain with regard to obtaining the greatest efficiency at a low cost. Barcelona connects daily with trains to and from the most important Spanish cities. The TALGO train and Hotel train service connect with many European cities.
The city has a convenient and efficient public transport network. Six metro lines cover the majority of the city. The Barcelona Metropolitan Transport operates a fleet of over 1.000 buses, 70% of which are adapted for people with reduced mobility. Barcelona’s tramway system, known as the Tram, was relaunched in 2004. This means of transport is now an accessible, environmentally friendly, fast and comfortable system. In addition there is an extensive network of commuter trains, operated by the Spanish National Railway Company, which depart from main stations every few minutes.
International Convention Centre of Barcelona