The 29th International Epilepsy Congress was held in the ancient city of Rome, from 28th August to 1st September 2011.
Continuing on from the celebrations in Budapest in 2009 marking the ILAE Centenary, the 29th IEC honoured and celebrated the 50th anniversary and Jubilee Year of the foundation of the IBE. To mark this historic event, the Scientific Advisory & Organising Committee constructed a programme of great promise. Topics explored and integrated the scientific and social aspects of the issues faced by physicians, carers, persons with epilepsy and by all others involved in the field of epilepsy.
In addition other Jubilee activities took place during the 29th IEC in Rome:
IBE Members Poster Display
Following on the positive reaction to the IBE Poster Displays in previous congresses, IBE repeated the exercise this year during the 29th International Epilepsy Congress in Rome. This initiative promoted the work and achievements of IBE Members. To make this years Poster Display extra special, IBE received contribution from over 100 IBE members, which created an impressive display of all IBE members activities, initiatives and plans for the future.
The International Bureau for Epilepsy was founded 50 years ago in the city of Rome. To mark this celebration during the 29th International Epilepsy Congress in Rome, IBE will launched the IBE History booklet, compiled by Hanneke De Boer and with design and layout by Susanne Lund and Ann Little.
IBE Milestone walkway
During the congress, participants had the opportunity to visit the Milestone Walkway – an inspiring exposition highlighting the purpose and goals of the International Bureau for Epilepsy during the past 50 years.
As part of its Golden Jubilee celebrations, IBE launched a special photography competition entitled Epilepsy Without Words. This competition received a huge response and almost 300 people worldwide submitted photos.
A special photo gallery, displaying all entries received, is now open on the IBE website and the competition winners were announced during the 29th International Epilepsy Congress in Rome in late August 2011. The 50 best photos as selected by the competition jury panel were also displayed at the congress.