It will be our pleasure to welcome you to the 15th Congress of The European Meningococcal and Haemophilus Disease Society (EMGM) that will be held at the PT Meeting Centre in Parque das Nações, Lisbon, from 27 to 30 May 2019.
From the margins of the Tagus River, Vasco da Gama and Pedro Álvares Cabral sailed from Lisbon to explore India and Brazil, bringing back spices, gold and exciting histories of these new worlds. More than 500 years later, it will be overlooking the Tagus that our meeting will take place, in the surroundings of the World Exhibition Fair of 1998 (Expo98), today called Parque das Nações (Nations Park). Here, where more than 11 million people from around the globe met twenty years ago to celebrate the cultural diversity of all nations, a modern centre of knowledge, culture and science was born.
Lisbon continues on the edge of its tradition as a multicultural city, bringing together people, societies and knowledge from all corners of the world. Following this tradition, and that of previous EMGM meetings, we are sure that this Congress will provide an opportunity to share knowledge and establish collaborations between microbiologists and epidemiologists from reference laboratories and public health institutions, research and development scientists, as well as the community, either proficient in the field or taking their first steps in this exciting exploration of the meningococcal and Haemophilus diseases.
Maria João Simões
On behalf of Organizing Committee
On behalf of The EMGM Board