Federation of Infection Societies – Conference & Exhibition 2009
Comtec helped the Federation of Infection Societies (FIS) bring together one of the countries largest gatherings of infection control specialists and experts at the Birmingham ICC in November.
With swine flu being the hot topic on everyone’s lips since the World Health Organisation declared a pandemic of the H1N1 strain on June 11th, Infection2009, which was held 11th-13th November, was a pivotal event on the infection control calendar attracting attendees from around the world.
There were a number of high profile speakers talking at the event including Professor Neil Ferguson who presented his mathematical modelling and analysis of the H1N1 virus. Professor Ferguson, advised the UK, US and Chinese governments and the World Health Organisation on the management of the swine flu pandemic.
This is the first year Comtec have worked with FIS on their event. The Federation’s conference is traditionally the largest gathering of microbiologists in the UK and this year the event brought in over 800 visitors and 75 exhibitors, smashing all previous records.
With FIS, Comtec created the Infection 2009 brand and formed collaborations with some of the countries top organisations such as the Royal College of Nursing, British Geriatrics Society and the Department of Health.
Account Manager Rachel Bullock stated; ‘When the H1N1 strain was confirmed as being pandemic in June we realised that now, more than ever, the need to bring together some of the worlds experts in pandemics and other areas of infection control was vital.’