Summary of the 2018 annual meeting in Reykjavik

 

35th Annual Meeting, Reykjavík, Iceland, 19th August to 22nd August 2018

The 35th NSCMID meeting was held from 19th August 2018 to 22nd August 2018 in Harpa, Reykjavik´s spectacular new conference and concert hall, located by the harbor in downtown Reykjavik.

The day before the conference the Reykjavik Culture Night took place; an annual festival with music and celebrations, as well as Reykjavik Marathon. Some of the conference delegates came early to Reykjavik and participated in the festivities. They were not disappointed.

The conference was a success, with approximately 260 attendees from 22 countries, the majority from the Nordic countries, but among others, there were delegates from Australia, New Zealand, China, Thailand, Israel and the USA in addition to several European countries.

There were 75 posters presented, and in addition, 5 young invited scientists presented their work in a special session. During the four days, 12 symposia were held, with a total of 36 different presentations by invited speakers. The symposia covered a broad range of topics, including the centennial of the Spanish influenza, the current goal of elimination of hepatitis C, respiratory infections in adults and children, new rapid diagnostics, new insights to various diseases provided by new information on the human microbiome, infections associated with medical devices, new aspects on antimicrobial resistance testing, frontiers in fungal infections, group A streptococci and others.

The President of Iceland, Dr. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, honored the conference with a very well received address. The Society elected a new President, Magnús Gottfreðsson, who takes over from Lars Östergaard, who has been at the helm for the past three years.

The welcome reception was opened with an a cappella choir, Spectrum, singing Icelandic songs, followed by sotto voce performance by one of Iceland’s best guitarists, Björn Thoroddsen, while attendees enjoyed refreshments both in solid and liquid form. The conference dinner was held at the top floor of the Harpa, with a grand view over the Reykjavik harbor. There guests enjoyed a jazz band, a performance by one of Iceland’s best lyrical singer, Ragnheiður Gröndal, and finally, a well known stand-up comedian, Ari Eldjárn, put everyone into a certain perspective. Last but not least, the food was excellent, but the company of the delegates even better.