Welcome address

Dear colleagues and friends,

Switzerland, well-known for its peaceful way of life embracing multiple cultures, is eager to welcome EAHIL delegates for the first time in 2019. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the EAHIL Workshop taking place June 17th – 20th 2019 in a city located in the Middle of Europe – Basel!

The motto of the Workshop, “Learn, Share, Act, Bridge Borders”, is all about harnessing the power of collective learning and action, and the momentum our professional lives gains when we act on shared wisdom and shared evidence.

Basel, a city of bridges at the intersection of three countries, invites us to close information gaps, link technologies and methods, and build connections in health librarianship.

As a historic cultural centre bordering Germany and France and at the head of the Rhine Valley, Basel has always been a crossroads for commerce, innovation, and cultural exchange. With the oldest University in Switzerland (established 1460), the city has a long-standing tradition of scholarship, humanism and scientific research.

In the 16th century, Basel became the foremost printing centre in the world. Erasmus, Paracelsus and Vesalius came to share their knowledge with the academic community and had their major works published by skilled local printers. Today, Basel is a cosmopolitan metropolis hosting worldwide leading biotechnology and life sciences clusters, innovative business centres and a thriving cultural scene.

The members of the Local Organising Committee and the International Programme Committee are keen to make the professional and social exchanges an enjoyable and inspirational experience. You will be challenged, so come prepared to roll up your sleeves and share as much as you learn, to act and achieve. But we promise there will be time to relax on the sunny banks of the Rhine, and in the pretty streets of the well-preserved Old Town.

We trust you will find the 2019 Workshop stimulating and rewarding, and we are looking forward to welcoming you to Basel.

Isabelle de Kaenel, Head Librarian Medical Library, Lausanne University, LOC co-chair
Christoph Wehrmüller, Medical Library, Basel University Library, LOC co-chair


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