Greetings by Harry Mergel – Lord Mayor of Heilbronn
For the 68th Annual Meeting of the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS e. V.), I warmly welcome the participants from all over the world here in Heilbronn and on the Bildungscampus.
Hosting this conference in our city is a great honor for us. Heilbronn is on its way to becoming a city of knowledge and, with the Innovation Park KI Baden-Württemberg, is developing into a powerhouse that can give the state important impulses. Innovative research at the interface of medicine and computer science, as the topic of this conference, makes an important contribution to maintaining the performance of our healthcare system at a high level in the future.
The great importance of health research and the digitization of our healthcare system have become the focus of public debate due to the corona pandemic. Experience has made it clear that these issues concern us all. That is why I am also glad that this conference is not planned merely as a closed shop for the numerous national and international experts. The organizers from Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences understand the conference motto “Science. Close to people” not only in that science focuses as intensively as possible on people. Through various formats ranging from citizens’ dialogues to workshops, a broad public is also to be inspired by digital health research.
I wish the participants of the 68th Annual Meeting of the GMDS exciting and interesting days in our city with many new impulses. I hope that, despite a certainly tight conference program, you will find the time to get to know Heilbronn a little better. It’s worth it! But I wish the organizers a smooth and successful course of the conference.