Record Attendance At O&G Medical Conferences
In 2018, Singapore hosted two significant global Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) conferences. Both events were well received by the doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who attended, and attracted the highest attendance figures in the congresses’ history.
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) World Congress 2018
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre was packed with attendees to the RCOG World Congress 2018 from 21 to 24 March 2018.
A leading medical conference featuring world renowned clinicians and researchers, it recorded 3,160 attendees from 82 countries for the four-day event that discussed and debated the latest developments in the O&G field.
Founded in 1929, with over 16,000 members globally, RCOG aims to improve the standard of care delivered to women and to advance the science and practice of O&G.
Singapore was the first country (outside the UK) where the RCOG held its first international scientific meeting in 1991, graced by Singapore’s then Prime Minister, the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. It was at that meeting that the Singapore Lecture, given at every subsequent international RCOG World Congress, was incarnated.1
Apart from the main conference programme, delegates also visited the lush and beautiful Gardens by the Bay where they had their Congress Party on 23 March 2018.
Speaking on behalf of the RCOG 2018 Committee, Lynn Whitley, Director of Business Development at RCOG says, “Singapore is an immensely attractive destination for our Fellows and Members, and the RCOG World Congress 2018 was a huge success. We are pleased to have achieved a high delegate turnout from a record-breaking number of countries.”
28th World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Organised by the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG), the 28th World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology was held from 20 to 24 October 2018 at Sands Expo® and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands.
Founded in 1991, ISUOG is the leading international society of professionals in ultrasound for O&G, and comprises 13,000 members in 127 countries. ISUOG’s World Congress is the main annual scientific meeting for clinicians who use or research ultrasound in this field.
The 2018 event achieved a double record in its history – a turnout of more than 2,400 people and the highest overall satisfaction scores from attendees (6.1 out of 7).
Beyond the meeting halls, delegates had the chance to savour local hawker fare and unwind at an unconventional venue for their Congress Party – Chinatown Food Street. The popular local food haunt is known for its specialty dishes from various Chinese dialect groups in Singapore, all at one location.
A private event at the Food Street was rare, and required the buy-in of the merchants in the area, thus making the success of the Congress Party even sweeter.
Wallace Ang, Manager of Select Group Pte Ltd, which manages the venue, shares, “By leveraging the nostalgic backdrop of Chinatown Food Street, we were able to offer an authentic street-dining experience for the attendees in one of the most iconic heritage zones in Singapore.”
And according to Sarah Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, ISUOG, “The event surpassed our expectations in every way. The record-breaking attendance helped ISUOG to achieve a broader legacy in Singapore, an event destination aligned with ISUOG’s values of excellence, integrity, inclusiveness, and passion . Our social event at Chinatown Food Street was also acknowledged for its support of – and engagement with – the local community. Nearly all the delegates said they will recommend our event to their colleagues.”
1 Source: RCOG World Congress 2018 website