Rotterdam, The Netherlands
30 April - 4 May 2011


Dear Colleagues

It is 25 years since the first European Congress of Endocrinology 1986 was held in Copenhagen. Since its inception the meeting has gone from strength to strength and ECE2011 in Rotterdam promises to reinforce the reputation of what has become the premier endocrine gathering in Europe.

The Programme Organising Committee has invited speakers from across the globe to construct a programme designed to command the attention of clinicians, clinical investigators and basic scientists alike. There will be a new prize plenary lecture awarded for the first time plus symposia, debates and a record number of meet-the-expert sessions, not to mention over 900 new data abstracts are anticipated.

Rotterdam is easily reached from anywhere in the world either by a short train ride from Schipol Airport (Amsterdam) or at a more leisurely pace by boat as it boasts the world's busiest seaport. In the year 1300, Rotterdam was little more than a small settlement near a dam built in the Rotte River. Now in 2010, Rotterdam is one of the largest and most modern ports in the world, the major foreign-trade centre of the Netherlands and its second largest city, cut into two sections by the River Rhine (Dutch: Nieuwe Maas). In 1940, during World War II, downtown Rotterdam was largely destroyed. In the wake of WWII, Rotterdam rebuilt its city centre and is presently home to over 600,000 residents who represent a staggering 174 different nationalities. It is the home town of the Erasmus University and Erasmus Medical Center. Rotterdam's leading concert halls including the congress centre de Doelen offer an exceptional level of visual and auditory enjoyment. Rotterdam's theatre and drama companies are highly recommended; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Wereldmuseum, the Maritime Museum and Kunsthal Rotterdam present a cultural voyage of discovery.

We look forward to welcoming you to Rotterdam in 2011.

Peter Trainer
Chair of the Programme Organising Committee ECE2011

Wouter de Herder
Chair of the Local Organising Committee ECE2011