ICEM2019 was one of the very successful conferences of IFEM. Korean Emergency Medicine Society showed incredible organizational leadership and successfully organized such a big event for the world of emergency medicine.
Although there is a lot to talk about South Korean hospitality, foods and the Seoul city, we’d like to give some exciting numbers and highlights from the conference. There were 2725 attendees from 72 countries at the conference. 116 (4%) of the attendees were from middle and low-income countries. It is quite a high number if we compare to other ICEMs. Korean society did an outstanding job by offering discounted or free registration option for these countries. However, it is still 4%, and if we want to improve emergency medicine around the globe, we need to increase this number too. Australia was the country which had the highest attendees after South Korea, 173 and 1555, respectively. According to the conference scientific secretary, the longest registered attendee name was “Annuar Muhammad Zuljimal Bin Osman” from Malaysia. The first registrant was from USA, Eugene Kim. Highest group registration was Korean Fire Agency with 193 attendees. The youngest kid in the conference was 14 months old. Total scientific minutes were 12,030 in 29 topics. Siti Nasrina Yahaya presented 12 presentations at the conference, which is the highest number. Application of the conference downloaded 2,198 times. In 4 days, over 50 news released in media. There were 134 organizing committee members and 120 staff. The next conference ICEM2020 will be in Buenos Aires, Argentina (http://www.icem2020.net).