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Sometimes we just need to spoil ourselves and travel somewhere ON the beaten track. So for our milestone 100th conference, we have selected Switzerland in the springtime. Beautiful, luxurious, cultured–it’s a more “conventional” Unconventional Convention.

We love the outdoors and the spectacular scenery in which Switzerland abounds: soaring glacier-encrusted peaks, deep verdant valleys and glittering lakes. Make sure you bring a wide-angle lens or use your phone’s panoramic setting to capture the best of this wild and immensely photogenic country.

For the main conference we will be based in Bern, and have selected a grand historic hotel, the Bellevue Palace, as a really special treat for our centenary celebrations. An ancient city of contrasts, Bern fuses centuries-old architecture with edgy art, pulsing bars and modern restaurants. We’ll meander through medieval villages that evoke by-gone times and enjoy quintessential Swiss experiences like cheese and chocolate making. But we’ll also have a few surprises along the way, as you would expect from Unconventional Conventions.

To complement our time in Bern, we’ve chosen Lake Geneva as the focus of the pre-conference tour. We have a soft spot for this absurdly beautiful place, and it’s a wonderful springboard to so many sights – the chic city of Geneva, the bucolic Jura Valley, historic vineyards (wine sampling is compulsory!), a medieval castle and, at the other end of the spectrum, the Hadron Collider.

We believe a trip to Switzerland must involve trains, mountains and a teensy bit of hiking, and you will find all this and more on our post-conference tour. Be awed by mountain vistas from your first-class seat on the famous Glacier Express, hike at your own pace along alpine trails at the Matterhorn and St Moritz (or just hangout the villages) and finish your Swiss adventure sampling olives on the shores of beautiful Lake Lugano.

We are very excited to invite you to join us for this special 100th Unconventional Convention. There won’t be another quite like it.

Academic Program.

Medical Conference

The conference program is currently being finalised. 

Unconventional Conventions is an Accredited Education Provider. Each of our continuing professional development programs is individually designed to address topics of current interest and is relevant to our professionals and their practices. The Academic Advisory Committee, comprising of medical professionals from across Australia will work with recognised and respected specialists to prepare a selection of presentations, workshops, case studies and panels discussions which will be specially prepared for our conferences.

Main Conference.

Dates

Switzerland – the very mention of this land-locked European beauty evokes images of snow-capped mountains, rolling green meadows and quaint medieval villages. We’ll explore all that and more during a weeklong itinerary that has more wow-factor that Roger Federer’s trophy cabinet. Roam along cobblestone streets in the centuries-old city of Bern, learn about the Swiss art of cheesemaking in the Emmental region and sup with artistic royalty in Fribourg. Journey to the highest railway station in Europe aboard the Jungfrau Railway and stare in wonder at jagged mountain peaks, glaciers and snow-blanketed valleys that will (literally) take your breath away.

Pre Conference Tour.

Dates

Wine, cheese, chocolate and fondue. Our pre-conference tour based in the splendid lakeside city of Geneva has it all. Culinary indulgences aside, there are also medieval squares and historical riches to explore. Discover the charms of the Jura Valley and Lausanne, home of the modern Olympics, wander through a 13th-century castle and cruise Lake Geneva–all while staying in the lap of luxury on the Swiss Riviera.

Post Conference Tour.

Dates

For mountain lovers who don’t mind a scenic railway or three, our post-conference tour exploring a trio of Swiss alpine hamlets is for you. First, we travel to Zermatt to glimpse the mighty Matterhorn and ride the cogwheel train to Gornergrat, next ride in style on the Glacier Express to St Moritz. Lastly, we take the highest railway in the Alps en route to the lakeside town of Lugano. During the journey, hike through bucolic countryside studded with mountain peaks, explore quaint cobblestone streets, and wander through ancient olive groves.

Dr Gary Kilov (1:42)
Dr Asha Nair (1:31)
Dr Ralph Audehm (1:11)
Dr Diana Hart & Dr Roger Scurr (1:39)