On behalf of the Berlin Senate, I would like to welcome all those attending the 103rd Annual Meeting of the German Ophthalmological Society and the 15th Congress of the Societas Ophthalmologica Europaea to Germanys capital city.
We are delighted that the worlds oldest medical professional association is holding its annual meeting together with its European umbrella organization here in Berlin. And we are confident that you will find ideal conditions for your meeting here, since todays Berlin is one of the worlds leading congress and conference venues.
Ophthalmology can look back on a long and distinguished history in Berlin. We can say, in fact, that this branch of medicine was born in Berlin, and we are very proud of this. At the same time, Berlin is currently positioning itself as a modern health center with offerings ranging from health care services, medical schools, and cutting-edge biomedical research to high-quality products from the medical technology and pharmaceutical sectors.
Along with the focused work and key professional encounters of your congress, Berlin offers an ideal opportunity to discover the many facets of modern life in a major city. Berlin invites you to explore our exciting city whenever your congress program permits; wherever you go, you will encounter traces of a varied and eventful history. Dense urbanism and attractive landscapes exist side by side along the Spree River and give this livable city its appeal.
So take advantage of any breaks in your conference schedule to get to know our world-renowned museums, our opera houses, and our theaters. Or wind up an absorbing day of conference sessions at one of the many trendy bars and restaurants in the dynamic neighborhoods in the new heart of Berlin.
With this in mind, I wish you an eventful and unforgettable stay in Germanys capital city.
Once again: Welcome to Berlin!