Call for Venue: ESOC 2021

ESO is proud to announce the Call for Venue nominations for the 2021 European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC). Choosing a venue for a future conference has political, financial and logistical implications and hence requires careful consideration. ESO has created a process, applying democratic principles and transparency. ESO cordially invites venue nominations from ESO members in good standing for consideration by the Conference Planning Group and the Executive Committee.

ESO has established a rotation principle for conference venues. The rotation should be from a north-western venue (Glasgow 2015); via a southern venue (Barcelona 2016); to a central or eastern venue (Prague 2017); returning to the northwest (Gothenburg 2018), a southern venue (Milano 2019), and a central or eastern venue (Vienna 2020), etc.

In accordance with the established regional rotation, venue proposals for ESOC 2021 should focus on north-western European cities. Where feasible, more than one venue will be considered in each city. The nomination should come from a national or regional neurological or stroke society, and not from a conference venue. Below you will find an overview of requirements for ESOC 2021, and for the nomination itself.

Nominations should be sent to We look forward to receiving your nominations by 15 September 2018.

Once we have received your nominations the Executive Committee will discuss all nominations and can propose independently up to 3 cities which then will be discussed with the PCO in light of available dates, competing conferences, etc. Finally, a short list will be determined and cities then will be asked to submit a full bid.

Bart van der Worp                         Urs Fischer                            Eivind Berge
President                                       Secretary General                 Chair Board of Directors

ESOC 2021 Venue Requirements

  • City: City in a secure and politically stable north-western European country. The city should be well accessible (especially by plane) and have a good public transportation system.
  • Meeting month: May
  • Length of meeting: 3 days (plus 2 days pre-conference setup and possibly 1 day post conference for dismantling)
  • Size: approximately 5,000 persons

Definition of north-western Europe
Iceland; Ireland; UK; Norway; Sweden; Finland; Denmark; Germany; the Netherlands; Belgium; Luxembourg; France (northern half); Switzerland.

Nominations should include the following:

  • Why should your national or regional society host ESOC 2021? Please present a summary (max. 250 words)
  • Why should the city be chosen? Please present a summary (max. 1 page)
  • Support of the city Does the city provide any grants or other benefits to the society?
  • Information about congress centre
    • Lecture rooms capacities, exhibition and poster space,
    • floor plans, facilities/services available,
    • AV,
    • location within the city
  • 2 possible dates in the required month
  • Detailed breakdown of venues costs
    • Costs of congress venue for the full duration of the meeting
    • Cost of AV required for the lecture rooms
    • Services included in the total price
  • Infrastructure
    • Average prices for economy flights from Europe and US to/from host city.
    • Transportation within the city (access to the congress centre from the airport and the city centre)
  • Accommodation
    • Hotel capacity within the city (including breakdown of categories)
    • Hotel price range (e.g. 4*: € 120.00-200.00)
  • General Information
  • Contact person(s)