On behalf of the 10th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM) Organizing Committee, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to Barcelona, Spain. Once again, the ESPHM is a joint collaboration among three parties including the European College of Porcine Health Management (ECPHM), the European Association of Porcine Health Management (EAPHM) and, for the ESPHM 2018, the Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA) at Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA) as Local Organizing Committee (LOC).
The ESPHM in Barcelona will be the 10th edition of the symposium, representing the complete consolidation of a meeting that started in Copenhagen (Denmark) in 2009 with 220 delegates. Since then, the congress has evolved at all levels, with more than 1,540 delegates in the last edition in Prague (Czech Republic) in 2017. This is an evident proof of the increasing interest that the scientific contents of the ESPHM offers, not only for European veterinarians but also to the international community. Although settled in Europe, the ESPHM aspires to be a source of updated knowledge and know-how in its field for the whole world.
None of the above has been and will be feasible without the contribution of speakers, delegates and chairpersons as well as the funding of partners and supporters. Our deep thanks to all of them; they will be the core of the ESPHM 2018! Moreover, our deep appreciation to the board members of the ECPHM and EAPHM, since they represent the soul and the spirit of the ESPHM.
Spain is a magnificent and beautiful country and tourist/vacation possibilities are almost endless. Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city in which you will feel at home. You can choose from culture to environment and nature, from sea to mountains, from exhibitions to partying… you will surely meet up with your match. Discover, taste, experience and enjoy!
Hope to see you in Barcelona in 2018!
Chair of the 10th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management Organizing Committee