We felt that there was a need for establishing a set of criteria that would help conference organisers to foresee the elements and requirements that are necessary to take into account when planning an ICDE conference. From our side, the guidelines will ensure that ICDE conferences hold the same quality standards not matter when or where they are held. These guidelines consider aspects regarding infrastructure, organisation, marketing, information, conference program, website, budgets, sponsors and general requirements. They are available to interested institutions at the Permanent Secretariat in Oslo.
3 August 2005