View of Venice, Italy

Welcome

Message from the host country

 On behalf of the organising committee of the Italian Brewers and Maltsters Association - Associazione degli Industriali della Birra e del Malto - I warmly invite you to Venice and Italy for the 31st EBC Congress 6-10 May 2007.

Venice hardly needs an introduction. It is one of the few cities in the world that can truly be described as unique. It survives against all odds, built on a series of low mud banks amid the tidal waters of the Adriatic and regularly subject to floods. Once a powerful commercial and naval force in the Mediterranean, Venice has found a new role. More than 12 million visitors a year succumb to the magic of this improbable city whose streets are full of water and where the past has more meaning than the present.

I hope you will have the opportunity to experience and enjoy some of this during the congress.

In planning your visit, may I suggest that you plan to stay over on the evening of Wednesday 9 May to allow you to attend the Farewell Beach Party. Also, please take advantage of the technical opportunities provided by the Technical Visits on Thursday 10 May.

I also invite you to plan to extend your stay through the weekend and take advantage of your visit to experience some of our lovely country and its natural beauty.

Roberto Cavalli

Chairman Organising Committee

Message from the EBC President

On behalf of the European Brewery Convention (EBC) I take great pleasure in joining our Italian hosts in inviting and welcoming you all to the 31st EBC Congress in Venice.

We are particularly happy to have been able to assemble such a distinguished group of speakers for the opening session on Monday morning. They will be addressing not only future perspectives for the brewing industry, but also reviewing significant successes in our industry which are wholly due to scientific research and collaborative technological developments. The contribution of technical education to today's efficient and high quality beer production processes will also be presented.

Based on the wishes of delegates from recent congresses, a great deal has been done to improve the congress programme to meet the changing needs and expectations of the global brewing world. In response to requests for more discussion and debate, the scientific programme committee has arranged two debate sessions, one dealing with 'Enzymes', the other with 'Wort Boiling'. Each session will be concluded by a panel discussion in which an active debate between the presenters and the audience will be facilitated. Both are scheduled for the afternoon of Tuesday 8 May.

Following the success of the two previous congresses, we will again be organising a table top exhibition. The aim of this is to provide additional opportunities for networking, specifically with our suppliers, allowing delegates to mingle and liaise with key associates and to meet with representatives of research institutes and brewing schools - and enable suppliers to access a broad range of customers from all over the world.

We are determined to ensure that our 31st EBC Congress will be a memorable event for you

  • for the learning experiences afforded by the sharing of technical knowledge and expertise through the presentations, posters, exhibition and technical visits
  • for the opportunities to gain insight into a broad range of issues and opportunities for our industry
  • for unparalleled exposure to global colleagues through networking and friendship building
  • for immense enjoyment and camaraderie, through the social programme, and also through the myriad of informal events that always happen at EBC!

Looking forward to seeing you in Venice in May,

Hilary Jones

President EBC