Dear friends and colleagues

On behalf of the 12th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM) Organizing Committee, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to Bern, SWITZERLAND. Once again, the ESPHM is a joint collaboration among three parties including the European College of Porcine Health Management (ECPHM), the European Association of Porcine Health Management (EAPHM) and, for the ESPHM 2020, the Vetsuisse Faculty from the University of Bern. The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) includes also representatives from the Vetsuisse Faculty in Zurich, the Swiss Association of Swine Veterinarians and the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO).

The ESPHM in Bern will be the 12th edition of the symposium, representing the complete consolidation of a meeting that started in Copenhagen (Denmark) in 2009 with 220 delegates. Since then, the congress has evolved at all levels, with more than 1,900 delegates in the most recent edition in Barcelona, Spain, in 2018. This is an evident proof of the increasing interest that the scientific contents of the ESPHM offers, not only for European veterinarians but also to the international community. Although settled in Europe, the ESPHM aspires to be a source of updated knowledge and knowhow in its field for the whole world.

None of the above has been and will be feasible without the contribution of speakers, delegates and chairpersons as well as the funding of partners, sponsors and supporters. Our deep thanks to all of them; they will be the core of the ESPHM 2020! Moreover, our deep appreciation to the board members of the ECPHM and EAPHM, since they represent the soul and the spirit of the ESPHM.

Switzerland is in the heart of Europe and Bern is in the middle of Switzerland. No other city is closer to the language border between French and German-speaking Switzerland. Bern is easy to reach through train, plane and car; it is connected to international rail lines and European motorway networks. Bern is relaxed, a place where people have time. And the short distances in the city are partly the reason. Many sites and facilities are within walking distance. And even if you have to take the bus or a tram, you can usually reach your destination in ten minutes. Thanks to Bern’s central location, most of Switzerland’s attractions are reachable as day or half-day excursions, such as the Bernese Oberland, Emmental or Wallis. You will certainly enjoy!

Hope to see you in Bern in 2020!

Heiko Nathues
Chair of the 12th European Symposium of Porcine
Health Management Organizing Committee