This congress showcases the scientific merits of the Nordic countries within the field of respiratory diseases. Although the overall output (in terms of actual numbers of scientific publications) from the Nordic countries is seemingly low, consistent with the relatively small numbers of inhabitants, the quality of research is regarded as outstanding. All 5 Nordic countries rank among the 7 best countries worldwide when it comes to research.
Prof. Thorarinn Gislason (University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland) highlighted the importance of cross-country collaboration. Working together means to be part of the society one lives in, taking into account the characteristics and differences whilst seeking mutual ground. Prof. Amund Gulsvik (University of Bergen, Norway) added to this by stating that preferably an area of research should be sought which is closely related to the specific natural advantages in a country, its research environment, and authorities. This may give access to local research tools and knowledge. Prof. Ronald Dahl (Aarhus University, Denmark) emphasised the importance of finding a dedicated team with a clear focus and aim.
The Nordic Lung Congress – with Copenhagen as a home base for 2022 – thus serves as a platform encouraging collaboration, interaction on various topics, initiation of new research projects, as well as networking across all areas of respiratory disease.
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