Dear Colleagues and Friends,
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) are excited and honoured to host you in Glasgow, Scotland, for FIP’s 78th international congress, the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, from 2 to 6 September 2018.
The 2018 FIP congress in Glasgow invites pharmacy practitioners and pharmaceutical scientists from around the world to come together to consider ways of extending the role of pharmacists so that they play a full part in ensuring that patients, and health systems, achieve full benefit from the medicines people take.
Glasgow is a multicultural city where 2,000 years of industrial history compete for attention with some of the world’s leading service industries and retailers, and academic institutions. Originally a small salmon-fishing village at a crossing point on the River Clyde, Glasgow has been shaped over two millennia by battles, international trade and heavy industry. Compact enough for visitors to explore the diverse neighbourhoods and districts easily, the city of Glasgow truly has something for everyone to enjoy.
Glasgow was once named the European City of Culture and, since then, has continued to show why this was a well-deserved accolade. In the city, you will find world-class museums, galleries and award-winning visitor attractions, many of which are free to visit.
The city has some stunning architecture. Take a walk around and see the medieval Glasgow Cathedral and the Gothic-style University of Glasgow (thought to be the inspiration behind Hogwart’s in the Harry Potter books!). Glasgow’s wealthy past means that fine Victorian architecture is visible, but ultramodern buildings can be found too.
Glasgow has an impressive gastronomic scene; some of the best seafood, game and beef are available in its restaurants, but non-meat eaters are well catered for too. Glasgow has been named the UK’s most vegan-friendly city. Whether you go for the meat or vegetarian version, don’t leave without trying haggis, Scotland’s national dish.
Glasgow is at the heart of some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery so why not take one or more tours to make the most of your visit? Loch Lomond and Loch Ness are examples; or explore one of the five whisky-producing regions. You won’t be disappointed!
Plenty of reasons to join us for this 78th FIP world congress, so we look forward to welcoming each and every one of you!
President, International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
President, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)