President's letter

Dear colleagues,

It is an honor, for me and for all the members of the committees, to be able to receive you in person at this 38th Congress of Hospital Engineering and 9th IFHE-EU Congress, to welcome you, and to thank you for having come to Asturias to take a little "Breathe". I would like to thank you as well for the extraordinary participation of communicators, hospitals, companies and professionals .... You have exceeded all expectations, setting new records.

The scientific content has been specially designed by the committee, and will include new developments and innovations of all kinds in the engineering, architecture, technology and organization’s fields. Round tables with topics such as 3D Printing, Big Data, innovation, humanization, management and equipment will present the latest developments while others on ventilation, medical gases, electromedical equipment and new architectural projects will show all the adjustments that COVID has included in our work.

Moreover, we will have the opportunity, in the Engineering in Action Awards: Response to the pandemic, to honor the teams of professionals who have brought out the best of themselves to implement extraordinary and fast solutions and infrastructures so that our healthcare colleagues could face the Pandemic. Let’s also give a big hand, in the Engineering in Action Awards: Climate Emergency, to the teams that have managed to reduce energy consumption and decarbonize a little more our healthcare infrastructures.

We have finally arrived at our destination, the road has been difficult and tortuous, a pandemic and a number of health protection measures have taken us apart us from the initial plans. But finally we can see each other. It is a pleasure to receive so many engineering and architecture professionals, company directors, managers and all the companies. Welcome to Gijón!!!

Antonio Cobo Alvarez
President of the Organizing Committee
38th Seminar of Hospital Engineering, National Congress
9th IFHE-EU Congress

City - Gijón

Prehistoric and Roman, revolutionary, urban, mining, metallurgical, avant-garde, sailor, cosmopolitan, festive and hospitable.

Gijón, in Asturian Xixón, is a Spanish city, with the historical category of town, 4th capital of the Asturian Council. The city is located on the shores of the Cantabrian Sea on the coast of the Principality of Asturias.

Gijón is also a parish of the council, whose only singular population entity is the homonymous town, and is known for its excellence as the capital of the Costa Verde. The Camino de Santiago runs through the city on its coastal route, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

This city is located in the central-northern part of ​​Asturias, 28 km from Oviedo and 26 km from Avilés, taking part of a large metropolitan area that includes 20 councils in the center of the region, structured with a dense network of roads, highways and railways and with a population of 835 053 inhabitants in 2011, making it the 7th largest city in Spain. It is located in the central part of the Cantabrian coastal, in the southern part of the Atlantic Arc.


Gijón Conference and Exhibition Center

The Gijón Conference and Exhibition Center is a completely different concept, which is the best description for it.

This venue features beautiful gardens, daylight of meeting spaces, adaptability, commitment to sustainability (certified with ISO 14,000), the best location: very close to San Lorenzo´s Bay. It is also surrounded by a great number of hotels. Another characteristic of this places is its versatility: it can host from 50 to 7,000 people.

The Gijón Conference Center is located in the “Luis Adaro” Fairgrounds. It has pavilions of different sizes (up to 5,400 m2) with their own architectural personality, with 160,000 m2 of landscaped areas.

The venue offers to organizers large meetings rooms, it is much more than only an exhibition space, a congress campus, an autonomous city, it is a place where you can really follow and enjoy the change of the seasons reflected in its landscape.



Contact information and technical secretariat


Gijón Conference and Exhibition Center

Paseo Dr. Fleming, 481
33201 Gijón,


Technical Secretariat
(+34) 958 209 361


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