The pediatric advanced training course in Obergurgl is organized by the Austrian Society for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in cooperation with the German Society for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the Professional Association of German Pediatricians and the Swiss Society for Pediatrics. The focus is on specialist lectures from various disciplines of medicine and pediatrics. It always opens with a keynote lecture given by renowned personalities from varied areas of science and research.
One of the highlights in the series of prominent speakers was Bertrand Piccard on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the training course. The adventurer and scientist had just completed the SOLAR Impulse Mission II, the first circumnavigation of the globe in a solar glider. Doing so, he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Auguste Piccard, who was the first person to ascend into the stratosphere with his balloon in an oxygen-supplied capsule on 27 May 1931. On his return to Earth, he had to make an emergency landing. As chance would have it, this happened on Gurgl’s Glacier. A memorial in front of Gurgl Carat commemorates this spectacular event.
The Obergurgl International Symposium is closely linked to the Pediatric Advanced Training Course. It was launched 48 years ago and will take place this year from 19 to 21 January 2023 in the Obergurgl University Center.