Presenting the bid in Geneva

So, our bid to host the 2016 EABCT congress was finished and had been sent in to the EABCT board. The first meeting of EABCT in Geneva March 2012 was drawing nearer, and me and Kristoffer was anxiously preparing our presentation of the bid. We received the agenda and documents for the meeting, and found out that Bulgaria had also submitted a bid to host the congress the same year.

Once we both were in Geneva, we took a walk alongside the beautiful waters of lake Geneva, perfectly framed by the majestic mountains. We talked about the state of CBT in Sweden, how we could best impress the board and representatives with our bid, and what our dreams were for the EABCT2016 congress if we managed to take it to Sweden.

 

Our walk next to beautiful Lake Geneva

Our walk next to beautiful Lake Geneva

 

The first general meetings of each year in EABCT (1GM) are always held in March, and are held with representatives of each member association in EABCT as well as the board. The meeting lasts for about seven hours and the agenda covers strategic plans, special interest groups, EABCTs finances, upcoming congresses, and much more. When it was our turn to present our bid we began by focusing on the history of our two association, how they have not always been in collaboration, and that this congress was the biggest combined project we had ever taken upon ourselves. We tried to show Stockholm as a great destination with radiant photos, we gave an outline of the positive aspects of Waterfront Congress Center, we talked about Karolinska Institutet as well as the Nobel Price in association to the scientific aspects of the congress, and historical aspects when Sweden has influenced CBT was highlighted. Our presentation was well received, and we handed over a print version of our bid to Rod Holland, who was then the president of EABCT. No representative from the Bulgarian association was  present at the meeting at this time, so there were no further bids presented.

 

Kristoffer and Björn handing over the bid to Rod Holland

Kristoffer and Björn handing over the bid to Rod Holland

 

After the meeting was finished, we were guided to a cozy local restaurant and had a great time with the reps and the board. The decision on whether Sweden or Bulgaria would be chosen as hosts for the 2016 congress was not to be taken until the 2GM meeting in September (also to be held in Geneva). We now had to change focus for a while, from the international EABCT congress, to the national CBT congress we had decided to organize in order to bring our members together and to test our collaboration in a bigger project.

 

Elena Heinz and Thomas Kalpakoglou from Greece at the restaurant in Geneva

Elena Heinz and Thomas Kalpakoglou from Greece at the restaurant in Geneva

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