ECO is the official annual congress of EASO

Welcome to the ECO2012 Website

Date: 9-12 May 2012
Location: Lyon, France
Venue: Cité Internationale, Centre De Congrès
50, quai Charles de Gaulle
69463 Lyon Cedex 06
Programme: ECO2012 is now accredited by EACCME. 

Download the Final Full ProgrammeECO2011 Programme information available here.
Timeline: 22 April 2012: Standard Pre-Registration Deadline
9-12 May 2012: ECO2012

Dear Colleagues

The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) and the Association Francaise d’Etudes et de Recherches sur l’Obesité (AFERO) are delighted to invite to you attend the 19th European Congress on Obesity (ECO2012), which will take place in Lyon, France from 9-12 May 2012.  We are delighted that EASO has chosen Lyon as the ECO host city in 2012 and outline some of the reasons why you should attend ECO2012.

The ECO2012 Scientific Programme

Participating in ECO2012 will enhance your knowledge and give you the opportunity to learn from leading European and global experts in this and related fields. The ECO2012 scientific programme features invited presentations in the form of Plenary Lectures, Introduction to SPECCY, Review Sessions and Expert Workshops. Abstract Submission will open in September 2011 and the International Scientific Committee (ISC) will develop a series of oral and poster sessions under five key scientific tracks:

Track 1: Environment and Prevention
Track 2: Epidemiology and Intergenerational Aspects
Track 3: Integrated Biology and Inter Organ Crosstalk
Track 4: Genes, Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms
Track 5: Clinical Practice and Multi Disciplinary Management

To underline the importance of abstract presentations at ECO2012, the ISC will incorporate the top ranked and most relevant abstracts into Review Sessions and theECO2012 Organising Committee will host a Posters Networking Reception as part of the official congress Social Programme.  The ECO2012 scientific programme will also be augmented by a series of topic specific pre and post congress meetings.

Please note that Abstract Submission will open in September 2011. The deadline for receipt of abstracts will be 11th December 2011.

Social Programme and Networking

One of the main benefits of attending an ECO is the opportunity to network with colleagues from around the world.  The ECO2012 Organising Committee has developed an exciting social programme which offers an excellent opportunity to meet old and new friends and to experience Lyon at its vibrant best.

With a Welcome Reception, Gala Dinner, Posters Reception and EASO Young Investigators United party, the ECO2012  Social Programme will offer something for everyone.

Lyon, a Gastronomic Delight

In the kingdom of good taste, Lyon’s cuisine reigns above all others. This centuries-old tradition is an intrinsic part of the Lyon way of life. If there is one title that can’t be taken away from Lyon, it is definitely that of gastronomic capital of the world.   You may not get a better chance to visit this beautiful city!

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Lyon’s major asset resides in its distinctive architectural hallmarks and the contrasts in its setting, between two hills (Fourvière and Croix-Rousse) and two rivers (the Rhône and the Saône). With outstanding art museums, fantastic shopping and a thriving nightlife, Lyon has become a cultural and dynamic city with plenty to offer.

The entire city is small enough to tour easily over the course of a few days. Vieux Lyon, the old city and home to both Fourviere and the weekly public markets, is in the heart of the city and peppered with eateries ranging from bouchons – small, traditional bistros – to gourmet restaurants known as Les Grandes Tables. Not far is Place Bellecour, a bustling area of commerce.

The congress will take place at La Cité Internationale, an architectural marvel designed by architect Renzo Piano, who also lent his talents to the New York Times building on 42nd Street in Manhattan and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. La Cité Internationale is distinctly modern in sharp contrast to its traditional French surroundings, but doesn’t sacrifice a strong focus on fine dining. The open-air complex includes hotels, convention space, apartments, shops, museums, and restaurants.

Its centerpiece is Lyon’s Contemporary Museum of Art, and its backdrop is Parc Tete D’or (Golden Head Park), a 250-acre public park that includes a botanical garden, a zoo, a lake, and dozens of other attractions.

Lyon is a delightful city and we look forward to welcoming there for ECO2012!

With kind regards

Professor Martine Laville
Chair, 19th European Congress on Obesity
Professor Jean-Michel Oppert
President, European Association for the Study of Obesity