Employing a total of 20,000 people, the care sector is a silent economic driver and a source of well-being in and around Bruges. Moreover, the sector is undergoing widespread transformation: the development of new medical apps and technologies is making the Bruges area buzz with commercial activity.
Why organize a medical conference in Bruges?
Bruges boasts several assets in the field of healthcare. Both hospitals (General Hospital St. Jan Bruges-Ostend and General Hospital St. Lucas) are internationally renowned for their knowledge and expertise in neonatology, cancer treatment, robotic surgery etc. In addition, General Hospital St. Jan is the largest healthcare employer in West Flanders. With a whole array of medical activities being provided, the city attracts a great number of important players in the medical sector, both innovative companies and educational institutions. KU Leuven (the University of Leuven), for example, recently opened a new campus for rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy.
‘Trefpunt Zorg’ is a local a network platform that unites all players in the broad care sector in the area. It brings together healthcare organizations, companies, educational establishments, the government and civil society organizations to deal with themes like economy and employment, innovation, schooling and education.
Your medical conference in Bruges?
It goes without saying that a medieval city like Bruges also has a longstanding tradition in the field of healthcare. The unique 19th-century hospital for example, located in the heart of the historic city, has been repurposed as a modern conference centre. Congress and event centre ‘Oud Sint-Jan’ (Old Saint-John’s) is the perfect venue for seminars, product presentations, workshops, congresses, exhibits and other events.