Ian Grier & Michael Veder, Joint Technical Chairs, preview the forthcoming Annual Congress in Istanbul, Turkey Our venue this year is the Istanbul Hilton, located in the heart of the European side of the city with splendid views of the Bosphorous. The hotel is ideally situated for exploring this unique and fascinating city. It is a city with a long history dating from Roman times, successively named Byzantium, Constantinople and now Istanbul. It is currently the business and cultural centre of one of the world’s most dynamic countries. No doubt delegates will take every opportunity to explore its rich heritage, fascinating churches, museums and mosques as well as more modern diversions in the shape of cafés, restaurants and shopping.