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About the Venue

Start planning now for the fifth Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress (MEMC V) coorganised by the European Society for Emergency Medicine (EuSEM) and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM). It will be in El Palacio de Congresos de Valencia ( in Valencia, Spain, and already promises to surpass the first four congresses.

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and sits on the Mediterranean Sea. The city has undergone some major overhauls and is one of the premier vacationing spots of Europe. You have probably seen many of the recent upgrades along the harbor during coverage of the 2007 32nd America’s Cup competition, and Valencia has also been chosen as the site for the 33rd America’s Cup competition.

The city is laid out in such a way that public transportation, foot or bicycles are the logical means of getting from one place to another. In fact, there’s a dedicated bicycle path directly in front of the Congress Centre, and you’ll be able to rent bicycles and motor scooters onsite.

Bisecting the city is what used to be the River Turia. After a disastrous flood in 1957, the river was rerouted south of the city, and the old riverbed converted to a giant public space. The park, called the “Garden of the Turia” features numerous ponds, paths fountains, flowers, cafés, artworks, climbing walls, an athletics track, a Zen garden and more. The many bridges overhead carry traffic across the park. You can traverse much of the city on foot or bicycle without ever using a road. See for more on this amazing park.

At the far end of the park is Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, or the City of Arts and Sciences, a collection of several buildings including El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (an opera house and performing arts center with a gravity-defying roof), L’Hemisfèric (an Imax theatre, planetarium and laserium), El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe (four-story science museum) and L’Oceanogràfic (the largest aquarium in Europe).

There are more than 1500 hotel rooms within easy walking distance of the conference centre, with costs ranging from the budget 2-star Ibis Hotel at € 59 per night to the 5-star Hilton Valencia and Sorolla Palace directly across the lawn from the Congress, starting at € 200 per night.

Before leaving the airport, and in an effort to make the Congress as “green” as possible, all attendees will receive a pass good for any of the trams, subways and buses in the city. With an accompanying set of instructions, you will be able to navigate to your hotel without having to resort to a taxi or private automobile. See for details.

The weather, of course, will be perfect in mid September. Mild temperatures, bright Mediterranean sunshine and low humidity are the norm. (

If you’re a food fan, all you have to know is that Valencia was the birthplace of paella, that magnificent rice-saffron-seafood dish which tastes like nothing else on earth. The city is surrounded by orange groves, and many of the streets are lined with orange trees burdened with fruit.



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