1996. Third ECMM Congress (Lisbon)

On May 9-11, 1996, the 3rd ECMM Congress was held in Lisbon, Portugal.

Congress participants: 260.
Local Congress organizers: M. Rocha, L. Rosado.

From Mycology Newsletter 1997, P. 3

1996 meeting of the Confederation was hosted by the Portuguese Society in the interesting city of Lisboa. The 260 delegates converged on the Alfa Hotel near the center of the city to hear the verbal communications and read the 100 plus posters scientific sessions started with the History of Medical Mycology in Brazil.

There were round table sessions on systemic mycoses in immunocompromised host, public health mycology and dermatological mycology, these were thought provoking and excited some debate. Other invited speakers from Europe, USA and Brazil covered a wide range of topics including taxonomy, pathogenesis, clinical mycology, epidemiology and molecular mycology.

New therapies for mycoses were presented and the susceptibility testing for antifungal drugs was discussed.There was also a session on veterinary aspects of mycology. There was a programme of Portuguese entertainment most evenings and tours of the city were available. A boat trip on the river Tagus at sunset rounded off the social events. The Lisboa meeting will long be remembered for its organisation and the excellent chance it afforded the participants to reacquaint themselves with old friends, make new friends and exchange ideas.

Gillian S. Shankland