THANK-YOU LETTER

Dear colleagues, dear friends,

We are happy to say, that 5th Southeast European Conference on Chemotherapy and infection was a successful event with interesting scientific programme and many opportunities to exchange the information and the views among professionals and scientists in the region and beyond.

The Conference hosted almost participants from 30 countries. The scientific papers were presented in 23 symposia and 65 posters. 39 of posters were presented by our young colleagues in training.

The scientific programme covered a wide variety of topics in infectious diseases. The most prominent topics were the problems of antimicrobial resistance in the region and beyond, the new achievements in the treatment of viral hepatitis, especially hepatitis C, and in the treatment of invasive fungal diseases. The symposia addressed also some other important infections such as Clostridium difficile infections, Lyme borreliosis, other tick-borne infections, tuberculosis and  non-tuberculous mycobacteria, anti-infective properties of non-antibiotics, antimicrobial treatment in special populations, infections in areas affected by war conflicts, bioterrorism, rabies, papillomavirus infections, urinary tract infections, endocarditis and blood-stream infections and some topics in anticancer chemotherapy. Some additional topics were presented as posters.

The programme showed the wide range of problems in infectious disease. Exchange of information and best practices in the region are important steps in improving our knowledge and management of our patients.

The informal social programme offered many opportunities to make friends and improve our professional and scientific collaboration for the future. The »Les Chansons contagieuses« presented at the conference diner showed, that not only diseases, but good will may be contagious.

Many thanks for your participation!

See you in Thessalonica at SEEC 2015!

Bojana Beović, MD, PhD

Chair of the Organizing Committee of the 5th Southeast European Conference on Chemotherapy and Infection


WELCOME LETTER

Welcome letter

With great pleasure and privilege we invite you to the 5th Southeast European Conference on Chemotherapy and Infection in Bled (Slovenia) in October, 2014.

The annual conference focuses on treatment of infectious and oncological diseases in southeastern Europe. Its aim is promotion of new knowledge and collaboration of scientists working in this field. Through problem sharing and solving we wish to increase international cooperation and broaden our horizons. To reach our goals the International Scientific Committee will prepare scientific program that will cover a broad spectrum of topics. Experts in basic and clinical sciences will shed new light on the latest developments in the fields of infectology and oncology. On behalf of International Scientific Committee we invite you to actively participate and share your knowledge with colleagues.

20th Slovenian Conference on Infectious Diseases and 5th Postgraduate Course in Antimicrobial Prescribing will be organized parallel to the SEEC 2014.

The conference will be held in the beautiful and historic town of Bled, overlooking the Alps, the castle and the unique glacial lake with its charming island. Bled is located in the northwestern part of Slovenia (not far from the airport). Slovenia is a small central European country famous for its beautiful nature, kind people and delicious cuisine.

SEEC 2014 will offer you an invaluable professional and personal experience and we look forward to seeing you in Slovenia.

Bojana Beović, Chair


VENUE

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The 5th SEEC will be held in Hotel Golf in Bled (Slovenia). The hotel is located close to the Lake Bled and within walking distance from other hotels available for accommodation. Bled is located in the northwestern part of Slovenia and is not far from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport.

Slovenia is a small central European country with population of 2 million. The diverse landscape spans from Alps to Adriatic Sea with many natural, cultural and historical monuments in between. The area has been populated from prehistoric times and has evolved under rule of many different states from Roman Empire to Yugoslavia. However since 1991 Slovenia is an independent country that has joined European Union in 2004.

The town of Bled, in the midst of the Alps, is renowned for its many natural and cultural sights. The best known is the glacial lake with a charming island. Bled offers mild climate that attracts people throughout the year and presents them with a handful of choices for activities.

The sights include: Lake Bled, the Bled Island, the Bled castle, churches, hills around the lake, the Vintgar gorge and many more.

How to reach the conference venue?

By car: to reach Bled you need to exit A2 highway (Karavanke tunnel-Obrežje) at Lesce/Bled exit (number 3). By local road you will reach Bled in 20 kilometers.

By train: The Lesce-Bled railway station (4 km) lies on the Villach – Jesenice – Ljubljana – Belgrade – Istanbul – Athens railway line. Local bus or taxi can bring you to the venue.

By plane: The nearest international airport is Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport at Brnik, 36 km away. Shuttle service will be organized for participants of the conference.

By bus: Bled is connected with regular bus routes with the surrounding area and all major towns in Slovenia.

Venue: Hotel Golf, Cankarjeva 4, 4260 Bled, Slovenia; T: 00-386-4-579-17-00; F: 00-386-4-579-17-01; E: hotelgolf@hotelibled.comwww.sava-hotels-resorts.com


GENERAL INFORMATION A-Z

Accommodation: Accommodation in Hotel Golf and other nearby hotels can be arranged through Organization Secretariat. Accommodation costs are not included in the registration fees. The prices of the hotels range from 50 to 110 € per night (including breakfast).

CME accreditation: 5th Southeast European Conference on Chemotherapy and Infection is accredited with 14 European CME credits by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (UEMS-EACCME).

CME,CPD accreditation (19.10.2014)

Electricity: 220 V, European plug.

Important dates:

Conference date: October 16-19, 2014.

Early registration deadline: September 7, 2014.

Abstract submission date: March 1, 2014 – September 7, 2014.

Language: The official language of the Conference is English.

Organization Secretary: Albatros Bled, Ribenska cesta 2, 4260 Bled, Slovenia, www.albatros-bled.com.

Registration desk:

Thursday, October 16, 2014: 17.00 to 19.00

Friday, October 17, 2014: 7.30 to 19.00

Saturday, October 18, 2014: 8.00 to 16.00

Sunday, October 19, 2014: 8.00 to 12.00

Time zone: Central European Time (CET) or Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT +1).

Visa: Some participants may require visa to travel to Slovenia. For more information visit: http://www.mzz.gov.si/en/.


COMMITTEES & SOCIETIES

International organizing committee members:

Bojana Beović, Chair

Bojana Beović, Chair

Mojca Matičič, Co-chair

Mojca Matičič, Co-chair

Tatjana Lejko-Zupanc, Co-chair

Tatjana Lejko-Zupanc, Co-chair

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Ian M. Gould, Co-chair

President of International Society of Chemotherapy

Andrea Novelli, Co-chair

President of Federation of European Societies for Chemotherapy and for Infections

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George L. Petrikkos, Co-chair

President of Mediterranean Society of Chemotherapy

Blaž Pečavar

Blaž Pečavar

Barbara Stalowsky Poglajen

Barbara Stalowsky Poglajen

Darja Vidmar Vovko

Darja Vidmar Vovko

Tomaž Vovko

Tomaž Vovko

SEEC 2014 Organizing committee members

SEEC 2014 Organizing committee members (photography by: Bor Dobrin)

International scientific committee: Milan Čižman, Chair; Franc Strle, Co-chair; Janez Tomažič, Co-chair;

Biljana Carević; Bruno Baršić; Serafim Kastanakis; Vladimir Krčmery; Hakan Leblebicioglu; Krassimir Metodiev; Kurt G. Naber; Mihai Nechifor; Mijomir Pelemiš; Miroslav Petrovec; George L Petrikkos; Stefania Stefani; Florian ME Wagenlehner

Organizing societies:

SZPZ

Slovenian Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

ISC

International Society of Chemotherapy

FESCI

Federation of European Societies for Chemotherapy and for Infections

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Mediterranean Society of Chemotherapy and Infection

Sponsoring societies:

COMBACTE project, Cyprus Society of Chemotherapy and Infection, Danish Non-antibiotics Research Group, ESCMID Study Group for Antibiotic Policies, Hellenic Society of Medical Mycology, Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Specialty Society of Turkey, International Medical Association Bulgaria, Italian Society of Chemotherapy, Romanian Society for the Study of Chemotherapeutics, Serbian Association of Prevention and Infection Control, Serbian Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Slovak Society of Chemotherapy, Slovenian Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infection Control, The Croatian Society of Chemotherapy.


SOCIAL PROGRAM

Welcome reception will be held in the lobby of the Jupiter Conference Room on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 20.00.

Conference dinner will be held in Panorama Restaurant (address Cesta svobode 12, Bled) on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 20.30. No participation fee is recquired. We kindly ask you for registration for the Conference dinner at the Registration desk.

Farewell drink, at the end of conference on Sunday, October 19, 2014.


PAST & FUTURE SEEC

The tradition of annual Southeast European Conference on Chemotherapy and Infection (SEEC) began almost half a decade ago and it continues to be one of the most important congresses on the topic of chemotherapy and infection in the region.

The story of SEEC began in the year 2010 with the first congress held in Varna (Bulgaria). The chair of the 1th SEEC was prof. Kurt G. Naber and co-chair prof. Krassimir Metodiev. For the second meeting the experts met in the year 2011 in Belgrade (Serbia). The president of the 2nd SEEC was prof. Miomir Pelemiš. In the year 2012 Dubrovnik (Croatia) under the presidency of prof. Bruno Baršić hosted the 3rd SEEC. Next SEEC was organized in Istanbul (Turkey) in the year 2013. The president of the 4th SEEC was prof. Halit Özsüt.

The 5th SEEC in the year 2014 will be held in Bled (Slovenia) and followed by the 6th SEEC in Thessalonica (Greece) 13.-15. November, 2015.

For more information on individual congress please visit following websites: