During the joint congress of the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozialmedizin und Prävention" and the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Medizinische Soziologie" over 400 medical professionals were invited to the university town of Marburg in mid-September 2013. The congress was hosted by the "Institut für Medizinische Soziologie und Sozialmedizin" of Philipp’s University Marburg in the university’s lecture hall.
It was here that we made the acquainance of Dr. Thomas Lampert, Head of Health Monitoring at Robert Koch Institut Berlin. Dr. Lampert indulged us with a brief interview and outlined his impressions of Marburg. He is an admitted "repeat offender": As he grew up in Frankfurt, he knew Marburg as a young child and often visited friends in nearby Marburg during his student days.
When asked what he particularly liked about the university town, he spoke enthusiastically about the beautiful old town and the castle of the Landgrave, located above the town, as well as the way there, which he described simply as "not an easy climb". In addition, he also thinks Marburg is "designed very attractively" and "well suited for congresses in this size bracket, as it is easy to maintain orientation and the distances are short, which is a particular advantage over large cities".
Of course, we also wanted to know what memories he would be taking home with him. His experiences were “overwhelmingly positive", he said and he wants to return to the town with his family in the near future, as the town is "very child friendly" and he was always warmly received.
Finally, we asked him to sum up Marburg in three words:
"Designed very attractively", "very diverse cultural highlights" and "student culture, which makes the town interesting". In addition he also thinks the town is "exciting for science, because this is where old meets new and Marburg university has a good reputation."
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