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Convenor: Helmut Madersbacher

Venue: Kongresshaus

The welcome Reception began with an Organ Recital, hosted by the Governor of the Tryrol, and the Mayor of Innsbruck at the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

The Annual Dinner was held at the Kongresshaus with Tyrolean music and dance.

This was a well organised meeting. Helmut indicated his method of keeping speakers to their allocated time: He warned that with one minute to go, some gentle music from the Tales of the Vienna Woods would come through the sound system. When time was up, the music would get a little louder to emphasise the point. A person exceeding by more than a minute, would find the music so loud that the audience would be unable to hear what he/she was saying anyway. I seem to recall the system worked.

One evening we went by coaches over the Brenner Pass into Northern Italy to an apple orchard for the dinner, entertained by Tyrolean music.

Helmut placed emphasis on the practical aspects of clinical management of incontinence, encouraging the growing participation of nurses, physiotherapists, and other non-medical groups. The meeting featured musical contributions by several of Helmut’s relatives. His personal attention to detail on behalf of participants, including employing his skill as an interpreter, was impressive. He has been a staunch and active supporter and participant in the ICS.

Eric Glen recalls his assistance when having difficulty at the registration desk of a non-ICS meeting in Germany. Helmut came up to me asked if I was having problems, then said “excuse me I am going to speak some hard German”. Whatever he said had an instant effect. The young girl stood to attention and the problem was solved in an instant.”

Helmut has been a very active member of ICS for many years with his special interest in stimulating and advancing the progress of neuro-urology. He has a clear mind and precise intellect with a direct approach. He is a regular contributor to postgraduate education. He is a member of the Neurourology Committee of ICS and a member of the current Board of Trustees (2008-). He remains an active member of the Education committee and has nurtured contacts with Asian colleagues and Continence Societies.

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