With its free, quality public health service and pioneering life science companies and academic institutions, Denmark’s focus on health is known around the world. The triple helix of collaboration between government, private sector and academia has created a particularly fertile life sciences ecosystem known today as Copenhagen Life Science. Such an innovative partnership ensures the development of new healthcare solutions, exemplary public health, and domestic growth and jobs. But his ambitions go beyond Denmark’s borders to ensure better health around the world. Copenhagen Life Science believes in the great value of hosting global life science congresses in Copenhagen, which are levers and platforms for strong knowledge dissemination, presentation of solutions and exchange of research results. Coming together during these live events cements partnerships and enables the creation of new networks that lead to greater innovation and long-term, positive impact – ultimately enabling better health for everyone worldwide.
Copenhagen Life Science believes in the great value of hosting global life science congresses.
The case for Copenhagen as the capital of life sciences is compelling. Not least because of the historic way in which Danish academic institutions and the public and private sectors support each other. The Danish government has formalized this relationship under the Copenhagen Life Science banner, investing 82 million Danish kroner ($11.7 million) in 2022 to boost the capital’s life science sector and the many projects that are being carried out in its fall within their sphere of responsibility, to strengthen and promote them. The high level of trust, transparency and collaboration between the public, industry and academia drives the development of new treatments and health technologies and makes Copenhagen an attractive destination for international life science companies.
The high level of trust, transparency and cooperation between the public, industry and science greases the wheels.
When it comes to developing, testing, scaling and exporting new healthcare solutions, Denmark has an enviable track record. Thanks to a strong life sciences industry employing more than 48,000 people, Denmark is number one in biotechnology R&D and number of clinical trials per capita in Europe. Here you will find nine life science universities with nearly 24,000 students producing 5,742 PhDs each year. There are also 28 hospitals, 11 of which are university hospitals. It is also where more than 580 life science companies are headquartered, including 300 biotech companies and 138 medtech companies. All of this means that some of the world’s leading researchers, clinicians and academics also call Copenhagen home. In an environment that revolves around innovation, collaboration and transparency, new ideas can be easily tested and introduced to the global market.
Digging deeper, it becomes clear that international companies, professionals and public institutions alike can benefit from immersing themselves in Copenhagen. The city’s structure and facility ensure that every life science congress has the potential to make a positive impact before, during and after the physical event. Both the rich life science scene and the city’s quality of life make Copenhagen the capital of life and science. In fact, Copenhagen topped media company Monocle’s list of the world’s best cities for quality of life in 2021. This was the fourth time the Danish capital has received this award since the survey began in 2007.
The structure and facilities of the city ensure that every life science congress has the potential to make a positive impact.
When you arrive in Copenhagen, you can be in the middle of the city within 13 minutes thanks to the expansion of the metro’s City Ring. Thanks to an efficient public transport system, you are never more than 20 minutes away from any congress venue. The city is smart, clean, safe and sustainable, and most Copenhageners get around by bike. Large parts of Copenhagen are pedestrianised, and you are never far from natural spaces – be it a city beach with clean water where you can swim or an intercity park where you can relax under the trees.
Safety is the top priority
In 2021, Copenhagen was named the safest city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in their Safe Cities Index (SCI). The SCI lists 60 cities worldwide on five continents. It measures the complexity of urban safety with 76 indicators organized into five pillars: personal, health, infrastructure, digital and environmental safety. Copenhagen is known for its open-minded people and strong acceptance of diversity. As one of the fairest and most equitable cities in the world, visitors can expect to feel safe and secure wherever they are, at any time of the day or night.
Congresses with effect
The Copenhagen Convention Bureau’s award-winning innovation project, Copenhagen Legacy Lab, has been recognized worldwide for its work ensuring a long-term, positive and sustainable impact of international conventions. It supports congress organizers and stakeholders in developing measures and activities that can bring benefits not only to congress participants but also to local and global society at large. A recent case supported by Copenhagen Legacy Lab was the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) at their 54th ESPGHAN Annual Meeting. The congress included more than 4,000 delegates from around 100 countries. Copenhagen Legacy Lab activities included a family education day, a talent workshop and the establishment of a research fund. Due to the success of the family education day, ESPGHAN will integrate the concept into future congresses.
With a thriving model for delivering tomorrow’s healthcare solutions, Copenhagen is poised for more life science innovation. Add the crown of safest and most livable city, and Copenhagen appears to be the hub for a multitude of life science conventions, bringing healthcare solutions into the future and contributing to health equity around the world.
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