Dear Attendees,

Looking forward to kicking off the KDIGO Controversies Conference on Improving CKD Quality of Care: Trends and Perspectives this afternoon! We anticipate an exciting and productive meeting, and ask that you take a moment to read through the information below and the materials provided in the Resources section.


Breakout Group Dropbox Folders (Accessible to group members only)


Meeting Venue & Agenda

The KDIGO Improving CKD Quality of Care Conference will take place at the Westin Grand Berlin Hotel from Thursday, June 23 to Sunday, June 26, 2022.  As per the agenda in the Resources section, the meeting will begin with a series of plenary presentations from 13:00 hrs CEST on Thursday, June 23 followed by a Welcome Reception from 18:00 hrs CEST.  The conference will continue at 09:00 hrs CEST on Friday, June 24, and conclude at approximately 12:00 hrs CEST on Sunday, June 26.  Note that the start time of the meeting shifts to 08:00 hrs on Saturday and Sunday.  A group dinner is also planned for Saturday evening, June 25, and spouses, and guests are welcome to attend both the opening reception and group dinner.


Sponsor Participation

Sponsor participants are responsible for all conference-related expenses including airfare, transportation, and accommodation.  Sponsors may attend all conference proceedings except for the small Breakout Group Sessions.  Sponsors are invited to attend the Welcome Reception and group dinner.


Airport Transfers

Airport transfers are not pre-arranged by KDIGO.  Taxis are readily available at the Berlin Airport, and offer a convenient option for transportation to and from the Westin Grand Berlin Hotel.  Please click here for more taxi information as well as other airport transfer options.  Uber is also available.


COVID Testing

Most countries have now dropped their testing requirements.  If your country still requires a pre-departure COVID test, we kindly request that you visit a nearby pharmacy or testing site so that you can obtain your results in time for departure from Berlin.  KDIGO will reimburse attendees for testing costs.  For the latest information on how coronavirus is affecting travel to Germany, please click here.



The KDIGO Travel Protocol & Reimbursement Form is included in the Resources section to help facilitate your planning and booking for this trip.  As noted, KDIGO will reimburse attendees for standard economy class plane tickets.  Should your standard economy airfare exceed USD $2000.00, please contact KDIGO for approval.  Kindly also note that KDIGO is a Belgium-based foundation, and Belgian tax authorities are quite strict in that attendees must provide paper receipts for all expenses.  As such, please be sure to keep all taxi and meal receipts during your trip.  KDIGO will cover accommodation costs directly, however hotel incidentals such as minibar or laundry will need to be paid for personally.  Sponsor participants are responsible for all conference-related expenses and will not be reimbursed by KDIGO.


International Travel Requirements Map

A useful International Travel Requirements Map provided by Allianz can be accessed here.


We look forward to seeing you all in Berlin!



Kai-Uwe Eckardt & Holly Mattix-Kramer
Conference Co-Chairs

Michel Jadoul & Wolfgang Winkelmayer
KDIGO Co-Chairs




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