Oslo, Norway, June 18-21, 2010 

Dear Colleagues and Friends, 

It is a great pleasure for us to invite you to attend the 20th Scientific Meeting of the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) which will take place in Oslo, Norway, June 18-21, 2010.
The scientific program will continue the tradition of the many previous ESH meetings. That means that a major proportion of the program will be based on original research with oral and poster presentations which will be selected from the large number of abstracts submitted by the participants, based on the in depth assessment by reviewers of the abstracts.
The 2010 ESH meeting will also contain a broad range of clinical and experimental research papers presented in numerous State-of-the-Art lectures, Plenary Sessions, Debates, How-To and other Teachings Sessions, Breakfast Workshops, Integrated Sessions for ESH Working Groups and Satellite Symposia. The European Society of Hypertension has in various aspects developed educational activities in cooperation with the European Society of Cardiology, one of these being recognitions and accreditations for medical specialities. Thus, in Oslo widespread EBAC accreditation for continuous medical education will be requested , and to follow a trend for the previous meetings, also regarding an increasing number of the educational sessions.
The ESH meeting attracts investigators, researchers, clinicians and other from all European countries but also many people with interest in hypertension from the Americas, Japan and Asia, the Middle-East and the Rest of the World. The scientific agenda contains the most updated research, controversies and consensuses in the field of clinical and experimental hypertension. Over the years the ESH meeting has thus been steadily growing and several thousands people are expected, in previous years about 6-8.000 at each annual meeting with a steady rise of attendees over the years. In 2010 as in many previous years the ESH Scientific meeting this time in Oslo is expected to be the largest hypertension meeting in the world. Hypertension creates an interest over a broad range of medical specialities from family medicine and general practise to the specialist fields of cardiology, nephrology and endocrinology and further to physiology and pharmacology. Hypertension is closely related to various cardiovascular, endocrine and renal diseases both as a cause and a consequence. Hypertension is central in the so called metabolic syndrome, in diabetes and in obesity, but also in stress medicine, in physiology and in epidemiology. There is an armament of drugs available for treatment of hypertension and new ones are reaching the market, increasingly in combination. Besides, there is a rapid development of modern equipment and technical set-up for up-to-data ambulatory diagnostic work and non-invasive research on various aspects of the pathophysiology of hypertension, it's hemodynamic profile, related conditions including obesity, diabetes and the metabolic syndrome as indicated above, and experimental research.
The ESH meeting in Oslo will be held in the new and large Oslo Convention Centre located only 10 minutes by express train from the very modern main airport in Oslo - Oslo Gardermoen Airport - which provides direct flights to most major cities in Europe. From the Convention Centre count only another 10 minutes by train to downtown Oslo and all the Congress hotels and multiple additional meeting facilities for scientific related activities. Congress organisers are Congress-Conference and the AIM Group with experience in this field building up over many years. The ESH Council and Programme Committee will be responsible for the scientific agenda and Oslo University Hospital is the anchor of the organization hosting the local organizing committee.
You are all cordially invited to Oslo and the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) meeting in June 2010! 

Yours Sincerely,

Prof. Sverre E. Kjeldsen Prof. Stéphane Laurent Prof. Krzysztof Narkiewicz