New participation fee

 12369046_1815064662054068_7562779177437749876_nIn order to make the Congress more accessible to all, we have reduced the fees for active participants from 50 € to 30 € and for passive participants from 40 € to 20 €.
Last week we decided to offer cheaper fees for Bulgarian students.
As an outcome, the differences in prices provoked a sense of discrimination, but that was clearly not our goal. We are, therefore, asking you to excuse us.
We have decided to unify the fees for Bulgarians and foreigners and are now announcing preferential fees for members of the Association of Students Explorers (ASE) and the Student council of the Medical University of Sofia.

The Universiade

The Medical Universiade 2016 - Click on the slide for more information

Pioneers. You have heard this word and know its meaning but haven’t seen real pioneers who have overgrowed their enthusiasms in order to make a huge change and impact in the regular system. That is a short description of a new competition for medical students. As a symbol of unity and tradition, the Medical Universiade creates a competitive spirit in order to give rise to future specialists. It combines theoretical and practical tasks demanding knowledge, team work and a quick mind.

Expect more information very soon!


We believe that the competitive tenet is a positive impulse for greater achievements. We decided to honour those ones who show to the audience and to our jury the most profound and significant research works. We will distinguish the most prominent participants in the Medical Universiade and the Organising Committee will award the best poster and oral presentation works among the attendees.



Bulgaria is the oldest country in Europe that hasn’t changed its name since it was first

established. This happened in 681 AD. Before the native Bulgarians settled down near the

Danube river, the land was inhabited  by many early civilizations such as the Trachians, the

ancient Romans and the ancient Greeks, as the country’s many monuments attest.

There are nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria. Two of them are natural : Pirin

National Park and Srebarna Nature reserve; seven are cultural sites: Rila Monastery, Boyana

Church, Madara Rider, Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, Thracian tomb of Kazanlak, ancient

city of Nessebar and ancient tomb of Sveshtari.

In addition, there are two masterpieces of the intangible cultural heritage, under the

protection of UNESCO – the ritual of Nestinarstvo and Bistritsa babi.

Bulgaria’s varied landscape provides the opportunity for different kinds of tourism and

entertainment. There are over 40 mountains in Bulgaria which has enabled the development

of many winter resorts that are preferred both by Bulgarians and by foreign tourists. Bansko,

as one of the biggest skiing resorts, is famous not only for its slopes, but also for its Town

Centre, where Renaissance architecture and traditional culture and cuisine have been a

tourist attraction for years.

Mountain regions are visited not only in winter. During summer one can take on the

challenge to conquer Cherni Vrah (2,290 m), the summit of the Vitosha mountain, or even

the Musala peak. Situated in the Rila Mountain, Musala (2,925 m) is the highest peak in

Bulgaria and on the Balkan Peninsula. For those not inclined to walk the distance, there is

also an open lift that takes you to the route around the Seven Rila Lakes – a beautiful site of

the Bulgarian mountain landscape.

The Black Sea seaside also offers quite a lot. There are resorts for different kinds of summer

experiences. From off the beaten track camps where one can feel nature to big party

centers, such as Sunny Beach and Golden Sands. Being one of the countries with the highest

number of natural mineral springs in Continental Europe – over 600, Bulgaria offers also

many SPA resorts.

Three cities have been capitals of the Bulgarian state before Sofia became one – Pliska, Veliki

Preslav and Veliko Turnovo. Sofia was founded 7000 years ago which makes it the second

oldest city in Europe. It was settled by the Thracian tribe Serdi, and from there its first name,

Serdika. Later, when the region became part of the Bulgarian empire, the city was called

Sredets. This was until 14th century, when it was named Sofia, most probably because of the

church “St. Sofia”, that was, at the time at the very end of the city. The official holiday of the

capital is celebrated on the 17th September, when it’s the day of the goddess Sofia and her

three daughters – Faith, Hope and Love.

There are numerous tourist attractions located in our capital city, which are worth seeing.

The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

One of the most impressive buildings is The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.  The gold-

domed cathedral was built in the early 20th century in memory of the 200,000 Russian,

Ukrainian, Belorussian and Bulgarian soldiers, who died in the Russo-Turkish War. It is one of

the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world. The cathedral’s gold-plated dome is 45

m high, with the bell tower reaching 50.52 m.

Church of St George

The Church of St George is a late Roman rotunda dated from 4th century situated in the

courtyard of the Sheraton Sofia Hotel. It was constructed with red bricks and is considered

the oldest building in Sofia. It is known for its Medieval frescoes in the central dome dating

from 12-14th centuries.

Cathedral of St Joseph

The Cathedral of St Joseph is a Roman Catholic cathedral. The cathedral, rebuilt at its

previous location after it was destroyed by the Allied bombing raids during World War II, was

inaugurated on 21 May 2006 in the presence of Angelo Cardinal Sodano, Dean of the College

of Cardinals and Cardinal Secretary of State of the Roman Catholic Church. The foundation

stone of the new cathedral was laid personally by Pope John Paul II.

National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum occupies the largest and oldest former Ottoman

mosque in the city built in 1474. It has a large collection of archaeological artifacts from all

over the Balkans including some of the golden Thracian treasures. The museum is among

Bulgaria’s oldest and was inaugurated in 1905.

National Art Gallery

It is located on Battenberg Square in the capital city of Sofia, occupying most of the historic

and imposing edifice of the former royal palace of Bulgaria, having been established in 1934

and moved to the palace in 1946, after the abolition of the monarchy.

National Museum of Natural History

The museum’s collection includes over 400 stuffed mammals, over 1,200 species of birds,

hundreds of thousands of insects and other invertebrata, as well as samples of about one

quarter of the world’s mineral species. Today’s National Museum of Natural History was

founded in 1889 as the Natural History Museum of Knyaz Ferdinand of Bulgaria.

Sofia University

The St. Clement of Ohrid University of Sofia or Sofia University is the oldest higher education

institution in Bulgaria, founded on 1 October 1888. The university’s edifice was constructed

between 1924 and 1934 with the financial support of the brothers Evlogi Georgiev and

Hristo Georgiev, whose sculptures are now featured on its façade.

Ivan Vazov National Theatre

The Ivan Vazov National Theatre is Bulgaria’s national theatre, as well as the oldest and most

authoritative theatre in the country and one of the important landmarks of Sofia.

National Palace of Culture

The National Palace of Culture cultural and congressional centre — the largest

multifunctional complex in Southeastern Europe, inaugurated in 1981 and situated in a lush

green park surroundings.

Vitosha park and mountain

Vitosha mountain, one of the symbols of Sofia, just a short drive or lift trip away, open year

round. Ski and snowboard are popular in the winter, and hiking in the summer.


Ivaylo Bogomilov

Ivaylo Bogomilov, 6th year Medical student in Medical University of Sofia General secretary

General secretary

He has participated in a lot of medical congress as he had several awards from them.
His scientific interests are in the field of epidemiological distribution and the effect on the population of various socially significant diseases, their treatment schemes, their prevention and promotion. Genesis and pathophysiology of virus and disease that they can provoke are also in his area of scientific interest.
As active part in NGO sector, Ivaylo has a great experience in organizing and managing a different projects and exchanges in youth field. He has been an organizer in various forums and congresses and has a big background in managing and logistic.
Member of the Student Council in Medical University in Sofia, member of ASMB and president of European Students’ Forum – Sofia. A provider of non-formal learning and non-formal methods of learning;
Ivaylo is certified trainer in non-formal education and his field of interests are leadership , conflicts and projects management.
Ivaylo hobbies are reading, play sport and writing.
His secret hobby is eating sweets grin emoticon “As a responsible in the logistics part, I promise you that except science and educational part, you will have a great social program, full of unforgettable moment in Sofia and even more unforgettable parties. I will try to solve every single problem, which is related with the logistics in the moment it happened and even if you get lost in the campus or in Sofia, do not worry it is also part of the plan grin emoticon “

Valentin Georgiev

Valentin Georgiev , 3rd year Pharmacy student at Medical University of Sofia

12acIT Coordinator

Chairman of the commission on Information and culture activities in Student Council of Medical University of Sofia.
Аctivist and part of the European Junior Team 2016-2017.
Participant in the congress organized by the European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association in Malta, Valletta – 28 October to 1 November 2016.
Scientific interest in Chemistry,Physiology, Pharmacology,Pharmaceutical chemistry.
In his free time he like listening Beatles songs and this time he goes follow a walk or runs among the wonderful nature of Bulgaria.
He loves novels of John Steinbeck and his favorite novel is East of Eden.
He loves playing guitar with his friends and furthermore he participate in Volleyball team of the Medical University.
“As a IT Coordinator in IBCS I will play role of G-protein between participants and organizations of IBCS. In other words I will carry out the relationship between the participants and the general meetings in our face. I will be your manager informative and through the website of IBCS you will learn everything news for us.”

Dimitar Bakalov

Dimitar Bakalov, 5th year medical student. Secretary Of Scientific Affairs

Secretary Of Scientific Affairs

Attended many medical congresses, 1st place at ICMS Sofia 2013. Scientific jnterests include neoangiogenesis, microcirculation and vessel permeability, lung tumors and parasites. Part of the Organizing Committee of the International Congress of Medical Sciences – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
Experienced in organizing student exchanges and projects. Member of AMSB, former Local Officer of Medical Education (two mandates), member of IFMSA.
Well‐versed in IT support, creating merchandise and graphic design.
Likes to read, plays table tennis and volleyball.
“My job is to gather the best experts to be our jury and to make the sessions pleasant to the participan. If you have questions about the abstract submissions you can contact me at secretary_science.IBCS@ibc‐”

Vanyo Vezirov

Vanyo Vezirov, 3rd year medical student. Logistics and finance Officer

Logistics and finance Officer

As chief officer he will regulate the activities connected with finances and logistics. He has participated in numerous medical congresses and one of the founders of the Medical Universiade 2014.
His research interests are in the fields of neuroscience and tissue engineering. Several years he was involved in organizing an International Congress.
He is a Vice president of the Student Council at the Medical University of Sofia, scientific secretary at ASE, a member of a number of organizations.
In his spare time he likes to read, play basketball, excited by the Mars, but his passion are aquariums and aquarium fish. Most proud of his ability to play Happy birthday on harmonics.
“As the chief officer of finances and logistics I will monitor the work there and promise that all participants will enjoy wonderful presentations by key note speakers at the global level and a Medical Universiade filled with interesting questions and a lot of science.”

Elena Stefanova

Elena Stefanova (Helen), 5th year medical student.Science and PR Officer

Science and PR Officer

Chairperson of the Control Commission with the Association of Stdents Explores. Scientific interest in Gastroenterology, Immunology, Microbiology.
She participated for two years in a project on the subject of Cartilage Implantation managed by one of her trainers. She was a volunteer in the Gastroenterology ward. Thoroughly fascinated by the idea of overall progress in the field of education. She is an ardent seeker of a manner to provide libraries and reading rooms as places inspiring academic development, facilitating the learning process and providing conditions for both competition and mutual help among students. Initially, she participated in an informal gathering of proactive students called “Work Group” and subsequently she became one of the founders of the ASE where ideas have further developed – efforts are made to provide free practical classes for the medical students, the dental students and the pharma students. If this initiative is successful, she would like to provide similar conditions for other majors as well.
She is passionate about dance and writing. She cannot imagine her day without music so you can never see her without her headset when she is outside. She loves cooking for other people so much that once she cooked dinner for the guests of an entire hostel.
 “In my capacity as Science Officer and PR I will do my best to provide memorable and useful lecturers and lectures. I am actively working towards providing the most diverse range of practical knowledge at the congress. I am trying to follow and assist with the hard work of the Science Secretary and the PR Secretary.”

Kristina Benova

Kristina Benova, 3rd year Medical student Secretary of public relations

Secretary of public relations

She had a big experience in promoting and organizing events.
Her scientific interests are in the field of cardiology, parasitology and tumorigenesis of the cells and she has been in several congresses in such topics. She is a member of Student Council in Medical University of Sofia.

Her hobbies are singing, cocking and exploring the world. Her secret hobby is talking (because she is really chatty person) “As a PR secretary, I will do everything to make this congress big and well known. During the congress you will have the chance to learn a lot, to make a lot of international contacts and of course a lot of new friends. Became part of the science world – join IBC-Sofia “