Encuentros 2015’s parallel sessions will take place in new conference rooms of the Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC).
Erasmus MC is the largest university medical center in the Netherlands. Its five research schools—specialized on Cardiovascular Medicine, Neuroscience, Genetics, Molecular Medicine, and Epidemiology and Public Health—include some of the most prominent medical researchers in the world.
The Erasmus MC is also outstanding in its commitment to sustainable solutions that also increase the welfare of the patients. The new hospital building, for example, is equipped with halogen free cabling, water-free urinals, a fully automated robotic bed washing system to reduce CO2-footprint, special systems for climate control, and green roofs to provide healing spaces for patients, as well as to collect rain water. The construction work will be finalized in 2017, but part of the building is already in use.
By the time the new building is ready—ahead of any other university hospital in the Netherlands—Erasmus MC will have implemented the Pharmafilter based on a sophisticated technology to handle waste and to reduce the risk of infections. Pharmafilter is based on sophisticated network of shredders, sewage and fermenter systems, and water treatment plants. Its goals are to biologically degrade the waste, (partly) converting it into reusable biogas and to remove all harmful substances from the wastewater.