Invitation to IPVS 2004
It is a great pleasure for me to invite you to Germany to visit the 18th IPVS Congress. I am looking forward to meeting both old and new IPVS friends in the Congress Centre of the City of Hamburg from June 28th to July 1st, 2004.

I recommend you to visit Hamburg already two or three days prior to the beginning of the congress and to attend our “enthusiast’s tours”. Our congress organizing committee has prepared sightseeing tours to interesting highlights of Hamburg’s surroundings for you and your accompanying person(s), where you will already meet other congress participants. Recover from the jet lag after your long journey and start the IPVS Congress in the evening of Sunday, June 27th in a relaxed way attending our traditional get-together evening at a medieval market, where we step back into the year 1404.

Thus, you will be well prepared for the 3 ½-day scientific program with its lectures, posters and discussions as well as with its newly created and so far unique practitioner’s line, a series of lectures as basis for a panel discussion especially targeted at the practicing swine veterinarian. Much too fast these days will pass by before we will meet on Wednesday, June 30th at the Hamburg harbor for our farewell banquet enjoying Hamburg’s hospitality once more before saying “good bye”.

“Science meets Practice - Healthy Pigs for Wholesome Pork ” is our congress motto. We want to fill this our motto with life by creating a lively and fruitful symbiosis between scientific knowledge and its application in the swine veterinarian’s daily practice.

Explore our homepage and learn about our current ideas for the congress, inform yourself about events in Hamburg and, if not already done, leave your contact information including your e-mail address to get more information on how to register for the IPVS Congress 2004 in Hamburg in due time.

I look forward to seeing you all in June 2004 in Hamburg.

Henning Bossow
IPVS President