19th European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Lyon, France: 9-12 May 2012 Registration

ECO 2012 offers access to its media centre and all conference presentations to bona fide journalists in possession of a recognised press card. If you do not have a press card, but have been commissioned to cover the conference, please provide a commissioning letter on headed paper from the publication you are working for, together with a sample copy of the publication and an example or link to work with your byline marked on it. Registration is free for journalists with the correct credentials.

Representatives of public relations companies, advertising agencies, marketing companies, pharmaceutical companies (or their publications) are not allowed to register as journalists or enter the press room or press conferences.

Third party material may not be left in the press room; a table for such material will be placed outside the press room. Any press releases related to presentations should be labelled with abstract number, time and date of presentation.

Press conferences and other media events, other than those sponsored/sanctioned by ECO, are not permitted on site at the congress centre.


A number of press releases will be issued before and during ECO, embargoed to 0001H (1 minute past midnight) Lyon time on each of the four days (Weds through to Sat). Journalists must observe the embargo which is clearly marked on each release.

Other media releases may be issued during the conference at ECO’s discretion; each will have an embargo clearly marked.

Please note: Only a small number of the total presentations are featured in ECO’s media releases.

For all other presentations and posters, the embargo is 0001H Lyon time on the day of the presentation. For example, for a presentation taking place at 1400hrs on Friday 11 May, the embargo will lift for media at 0001H Lyon time that morning, Fri 11 May.

Press Room Location/ Opening Hours

The press room for ECO 2012 is Bellcour 1. Opening hours are:

  • Wed 9th May 0830H-1830H
  • Thurs 10th May 0830H-1830H
  • Fri 11th May 0830H-1830H
  • Sat 12th May: 0830H-1400H

Press conferences

There will be three press conferences during the congress: Weds 9th May at 1400hrs, Thurs 10th May at 1200hrs, and Fri 11th May at 1200hrs. Each of these will contain information embargoed to 0001H Lyon time the following day, as detailed in the press releases.

Press conferences take place in Salon Tête D’Or 2


Journalists are free to interview researchers in the press room.


All media for ECO is being handled by Tony Kirby PR Ltd. For any queries on the above:

Tony can be contacted in the ECO press room: +33 (0) 4 72 82 26 80

Or by email:

Or by mobile phone: +44 (0) 7834 385827