Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I have the honour and the pleasure to heartily invite you to the 11th International Symposium on Objective Measures in Auditory Implants. The conference will be held from the morning on Wednesday 9th September to Saturday 12th September 2020 at noon. The venue will be the Queen Elisabeth Hall located in the heart of Antwerp adjacent to the Antwerp Central Station. Please SAVE THE DATES!

Antwerp is the city of diamonds, beers, chocolates and exceptional hospitality. It is also the birthplace of the Belgian “Laura” cochlear implant being at that time the first system offering telemetric measures of the electrode impedances. Organization of the OMAI 2020 in Antwerp will be the homage paid to the pioneers of auditory implants in Belgium. The topics of OMAI 2020 will comprise not only the state-of-the-art technology in audiological and electrophysiological objective measures but there will also be place devoted to imaging technologies and vestibular implants.

We shall start every day with a keynote lecture and during 3 days we shall follow 50 plenary oral and 60 short poster presentations. The congress is open to everybody interested in objective measures, from the most prominent scientists from all over the world to young researchers and students. We shall do our best to create a platform combining science and technology with networking and friendship.

On behalf of the Scientific and Organizing Committees and the Past OMAI Presidents we look forward to welcoming you all in Antwerp!

Kind regards and best wishes,

  • Andrzej Zarowski
    President
    OMAI 2020
  • Marc Leblans
    Co-chair
    OMAI 2020

Important dates

6th January 2020

Start of the call for abstracts

30th April 2020

Deadline for abstract submission

1st June 2020

Deadline for early bird registration

9 - 12th September 2020

OMAI 2020 Symposium

Preliminary program

September 9, 2020

September 10, 2020

September 11, 2020

September 12, 2020

Organizing Committee

  • President

    Andrzej Zarowski
  • Co-chair

    Marc Leblens
  • European Institute for Otolaryngology in Antwerp

    Robby Vanspauwen
    Joost van Dinther
    Youri Maryn

Honorary Chairmen

  • Erwin Offeciers
    Stefaan Peeters

Past Presidents OMAI

  • 1999 - Nottingham

    Steve Mason & Gerard O’Donoghue
  • 2001 - Lyon

    Lionel Collet & Eric Truy
  • 2003 - Ann Arbor

    Paul Kileny & Teresa Zwolan
  • 2005 - Hannover

    Thomas Lenarz & Rolf-Dieter Battmer
  • 2007 - Varese

    Sandro Burdo & Sergio Razza
  • 2010 - St. Louis

    Jill Firszt & Richard Chole
  • 2012 - Amsterdam

    Emmanuel Mylanus, Andy Beynon, Johan Frijns & Jeroen Briaire
  • 2014 - Toronto

    Karen Gordon & Blake Papsin
  • 2016 - Hungary

    József Géza Kiss & László Rovó
  • 2018 - Tel-Aviv

    Yael Henkin & Chava Muchnik

About Belgium

Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country with population of 11.4 million inhabitants. The country’s name is derived from the Latin word 'Belgium', used by Julius Caesar in his Gallic War in the period around 55BC. From the end of the Middle Ages until the 17th century, the area of Belgium was a prosperous and cosmopolitan center of commerce and culture. Between the 16th and early 19th centuries Belgium served as the battleground between many European powers, earning the moniker the "Battlefield of Europe". The country in its current state emerged in 1830 following secession from the Netherlands. Belgium is an excellent destination for all types of travellers with interests ranging from history and architecture to nature and local cuisine. By the way, the football team of Belgium is ranked the 1st in the world.

The City of Antwerp

The City of Antwerp or with its local Dutch name: ”Antwerpen” is the capital of Antwerp Province with an estimated population of 520.000 people. Situated on the river Scheldt (De Schelde) in the northern part of Belgium, 40 km from Brussels and 15 km from the boarder with the Netherlands, Antwerp is the second largest ports in Europe and is also very well known for its diamond industry and trade.

The old city centre is steeped in history. You will find it in ancient building-fronts on narrow streets or in the imposing Grand-Place. The Plantin-Moretus Museum is the only museum in the world to be classified as a Unesco World Heritage site. In the shadow of the Cathedral of Our Lady, the city teems with life in intimate pubs and restaurants. The banks of the Scheldt are a great place for a breath of fresh air.

Today Antwerp is a major trade and cultural centre that more than 170 nationalities call home. It is also well known as the Diamond capital of the world for its large diamond district. Antwerp is also a rising fashion city and has produced designers such as the Antwerp six, with a cult status in the fashion world, due to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, one of the most important fashion academies in the world.

The climate in Antwerp (and Belgium) is a temperate maritime climate, which makes for pleasant summers and cool winters. Extreme weather is rare. April and May can be pleasantly warm, the perfect weather for a drink on one of the many terraces in the city. Always remember though that it can still be cold and heavy showers are always a possibility. Most visitors think the city is at its best in June, when all the greenery in the streets has flowered, the sun is out and conditions are perfect for a pleasant stroll. Temperatures can be decidedly tropical during the months of July and August. Evenings in the city are especially lovely during this time.

The official language in Antwerp is Dutch. Many locals and especially people who work in the tourism industry speak a smattering of English, French and sometimes German.

Highlights of Antwerp video:

Conference Venue: Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp, F.M.C.C.A.

The 11th International Symposium on Objective Measures in Auditory Implants, the OMAI 2020 Conference, will be organised in the International Congress Centre of Antwerp – FMCCA. This Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp, also known as the Elisabeth Center Antwerp is the new concert and conference venue in the heart of Antwerp and neighbouring one of the oldest and best kept 19th century zoological gardens of Europe.

This brand new, one-of-a-kind, concert and conference hall is part of a fully developed and state-of-the-art conference centre and can be combined with the existing rooms of Antwerp ZOO and with the zoo itself. The Elisabeth Center Antwerp stretches out over 25,000 m², with 30 breakout rooms and a capacity of 2,500 guests. With its unique setting in the heart of the city of Antwerp, adjacent to the Central Station, the Elisabeth Center offers conference and concert organisers an attractive location.

Getting to Antwerp by plane to Brussels Airport (45 km from Antwerp City Centre)

Train: “Brussels Airport Express” (34 min.)
Antwerpen Centraal (Central Station)
Railway station (NMBS) at level -1
Fare: € 12,40

Bus: “Airport Express (+/- 45 min.)
Antwerpen (G. Le Grellelaan – Crowne Plaza hotel and Koningin Astridplein – Central Station)
Bus station at level 0
Fare: € 10

Taxi to Antwerp City Centre (+/- 40 min.)
Fare: +/- € 75

Getting to Antwerp by plane to Antwerp Airport (7 km from Antwerp City Centre)

Bus (De Lijn): 51, 52, 53 to Antwerp Berchem (15 min.)
+ transfer to bus 21, 32 or tram 9, 11 to Antwerp City Centre (Rooseveltplaats)
Bus station next to terminal
Fare: € 3

Taxi to Antwerp City Centre (+/- 15 min.)
Fare: +/- € 15

You can fly direct to Antwerp from the following destinations:
With CityJet: London
With Tuifly: Alicante | Barcelona | Ibiza | Malaga | Mallorca | Murcia | Nador | Split

Getting to Antwerp by plane to Brussels South Charleroi Airport (115 km from Antwerp City Centre)

Train (+/- 120 min.)
Antwerpen Centraal (Central Station)
Bus station to Charleroi train station next to terminal.
Fare: +/- € 17

Taxi to Antwerp City Centre (+/- 75 min.)
Fare: +/- € 170

Getting to Antwerp by plane to Eindhoven Airport (87 km from Antwerp City Centre)

Bus DB Bahn (+/- 75 min)
Antwerpen Centraal (Central Station)
Bus station next to terminal
Fare: from € 9

Taxi to Antwerp City Centre (+/- 60 min.)
Fare: +/- € 110

Getting to Antwerp by Train

You can easily get to Antwerp by train. National and international trains such as Thalys and Eurostar (as of 2016) stop in Antwerp-Central Station. There are fifteen trains to and from Antwerp every hour.

If you arrive in Central Station, then stop and take the time to look around you. Many publications have rated it as one of the most beautiful stations in the world. There are various tram and bus connections into the city centre, from Antwerp-Central Station. Naturally, you can also get to your destination by taxi or on foot.

Getting to Antwerp by Car

Are you planning on coming to Antwerp by car? Please note that the city centre of Antwerp is now a low emission zone. Register your vehicle before coming to Antwerp and check whether you can enter the zone.

A good number of car parks are available in the immediate vicinity of Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp. Electronic signposts announce the location of car parks and free spaces (purple zone). The nearest car park is Q-Park.

More information about nearby car parks:

Belgium Visa Application Requirements

Do I need a visum or not?

The Belgian Federal Government has a special website where you can find all important information and how to proceed to obtain a visum. Visa Information

Depending on the purpose of your travel to Belgium, there are different types of visas that will apply to the occasion. Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study or work and reside there permanently, you will have to apply for a different Belgium Schengen Visa, accordingly.

Invitation Letters?

Participants coming from countries in need of a visum can apply for an invitation letter from our congress president through simple request. To receive this invitation letter, please contact our office at info@semico.be

You will have to enclose in your e-mail the following personal information:
Last name
First name
Home address & country
Date of birth
Place and country of birth
Identity card number
Passport number

HOWEVER, we are unable to issue any invitation letter unless we have received your on-line registration and payment of the registration fee due.

General required documents for a Belgian Schengen Visa Application:

UK residents

please read: How to Apply for a Belgium Visa in the UK?

Hotel accommodation

The city of Antwerp offers its visitors more than 170 hotels.
The OMAI2020 team offers you through its partner, the Antwerp Convention Bureau a number of hotels on walking distance from the OMAI2020 Congress Venue. Please follow the link below to book your room.

We have selected the following hotels for you:

Hotel Prince
Theater Hotel
Ibis Hotel
Arass Hotel & Business Flats
Hotel O Kathedral
Franq
Banks
Les Nuits Hotel
Hotel Elzenveld
Hotel Le Tissu

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