From the outset one of the core principles of the ‘At the Limits’ series has been to bring much needed education to parts of the world which can benefit from it most. For us this has meant originally basing our series at the University of Cape Town where we could bring a number of African delegates to the event, at the same time as holding the meeting at a venue which is a sensible overnight flight for European visitors.
However, due to the nature of assorted country codes it is becoming increasingly difficult for Industry sponsors to commit to supporting an event at this location. With that in mind we now host events across Europe, each time at the relevant academic ‘Centre of Excellence’ in each individual disease area. We ask a Professor of the host institution to act as co-chair of the meeting, and we encourage them to develop a faculty of speakers, independent of Industry influence, who are truly at the leading edge of research.
Our promise to bring education to Africa remains in place though, as we ask the Industry sponsor to guarantee and fund the attendance of a number of African delegates who otherwise would be unable to attend such a high level event. In this way we remain loyal to our core principle, and can minimise the disruption to the schedules of our European guests.