Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
In 2012, the Czech Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine put forward a bid for Prague as the venue for the 17th WFSA World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in the year 2020. I am proud to announce that during WCA2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Venue Committee had chosen Prague, Czech Republic, as the site for WCA2020. Their decision was publicly announced during the Closing Ceremony. The joy and exultation of our delegation after the announcement is evident in the pictures below and shall remain for years to come.
The choice of Prague, Czech Republic, as the site for the 17th WFSA World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in 2020 was a good one. Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, a charming city situated in the very heart of Europe. It has a rich history, magnificent architecture (it is known as the city of a “hundred spires”) and a unique culture influenced by various styles that have appeared over the centuries. The city has hosted or has been a “beloved” place for famous personalities like scientists Johannes Kepler and Albert Einstein, composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, philosopher René Descartes, writer Franz Kafka and many others. Prague was also the birthplace of several Nobel laureates. In 1959, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Jaroslav Heyrovsky for his discovery and development of polarographic methods. Also, in 1947, the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine was awarded to Carl and Gerta Cori, who were both born in Prague.
Prague is the seat of Charles University, the oldest university in Central and Eastern Europe. Founded in 1348 the university has become the centre of education and science for the whole region, where the discipline of anaesthesiology also has a long tradition. It should be noted that the first general anaesthesia in Prague was administered as early as February 7, 1847 and the First Department of Anaesthesia was set up in the Central Military Hospital in 1948.
The city has extensive experience in hosting congresses. It has a large exhibition centre, around 70,000 hotel beds and easy flight connections to all main airports worldwide. Also, several highways and train lines conveniently connect Prague to its neighboring countries.
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and a member of the European Union. It is where the “Velvet Revolution” started in 1989 and it also became a symbol of the fall of the former totalitarian system as well as the transformation of Central and Eastern European countries into a free-market and democracy. It remains the symbol of one of the greatest geopolitical changes of the 20th century.
I have the privilege to cordially invite you to the 17th WFSA World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in Prague in 2020, not only for an exchange of scientific information, education and meeting friends, but also to experience the hospitality our country has to offer. It is my firm belief that your trip to Prague will be the experience of a lifetime.
We are looking forward to meeting you in Prague during September 5th–9th, 2020.
Prof. Karel Cvachovec
President of the Czech Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine