Welcome to the third edition of The Big Sick conference series. Thanks to a fantastic line-up of speakers and guests the first two meetings were hugely successful and memories for a lifetime. Now we’re ready to have another go, we are going back to Zermatt for TBS20.

TBS20 is going to be a small, friendly and informal conference about critical care and emergency medicine, specifically about the first hours of managing our sickest patients. We invite the biggest names in our fields of medicine to provide us with world-class state of the art teaching.

TBS20 is also a hugely social event. In Zermatt, our speakers and guests interact seamlessly not only during the lecture session but also during the evenings and on the slopes. Key to achieving this kind of learning, networking and discussions is to keep TBS small. Seats are going to be limited. 





Getting to Zermatt is fairly, but not entirely, straightforward. Those of you travelling from abroad are likely to come in through Geneva, Zurich or Milan airports. From there you simply take the train, via Visp, to get to Zermatt. We recommend that you book the train tickets on-line in advance as it is cheaper.

The legendary four-star Hotel Alex in Zermatt will be our venue and the beating heart of the conference. The Alex is  only a few minutes walk from the Zermatt railway station. All lecture sessions will held in their main conference facility. With the exception of the occasional off-site session, most workshops, meetings as well as social events will happen here.

As the Alex is the epicentre of anything happening at TBS20 you may want to book a room at the Hotel Alex or the really nearby Hotel Schweizerhof.  As you make your reservation, please remember to ask for the TBS20 conference rate. Alternatively, Hotel Bahnhof, also very close to the Alex, offers affordable rooms and hostel style lodging.

For further options check airbnb,, or similar sites.


Resort Hotel Alex, Bodmenstrasse 12, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

Contact: +41 27 966 70 70 or

Hotel Schweizerhof, Bahnhofstrasse 5, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

Contact: Tel. +41 (0)27 966 00 00 or

Hotel Bahnhof, Bahnhofpl. 54, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

Contact: Tel. +41 (0)27 967 2406 or




Like previous years we are going to base ourselves on themed session in the mornings and afternoons/evenings. Please stand by for updates.








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Peter Bentzer

Peter Bentzer is a senior consultant at the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at Helsingborg Hospital, Sweden. He has previously worked clinically in South Africa, Canada and Norway. He is a professor in Anesthesia and Intensive Care at Lund University, Sweden and his research interests include various aspects of fluid resuscitation in the critically ill. He is involved in teaching and examination of specialists in anesthesia and intensive care both at a national and European level.” 

Bernd Böttiger

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Ross Fisher is a Paediatric Surgeon at Sheffield Children's Hospital. As chairman of the UK national paediatric trauma database he also knows more about the epidemiology and management of paediatric trauma than you might think. His alter ego @ffolliet runs a website on presentation skills and together they deliver workshops and presentations intended to challenge established concepts of education and presentation and aim to improve knowledge translation and education within medicine. He learnt to ski, on toothbrushes, some time ago.


Matthieu holds full board certification in anesthesiology and critical care in both France and the UK. He was previously a research fellow at the European Space Agency and holds additional qualifications in mountain, diving and hyperbaric medicine. He worked with the NASA Human Research Program and developed simplified anesthesia protocols for future space exploration missions. He currently pursues a PhD in machine learning applied to intensive care at Imperial College London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For his work, he received several awards including the first prize of Research and Innovation of the British Royal Society of Medicine. He is an affiliate of Harvard University where he teaches reinforcement learning in healthcare.


Niklas Nielsen is a staff specialist in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Helsingborg Hospital and associate professor at the Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Sweden. His research interest is on various aspects of post-cardiac arrest care with focus on targeted temperature management, biomarkers for prediction, trial methodology, trial conduct and follow-up. He was PI for the recent TTM-trial 33°C versus 36°C and is currently leading the TTM2-trial He is involved in the Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine programs at Lund University.


Rob Mac Sweeney is an intensivist working at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He founded and runs Critical Care Reviews, a free, not-for-profit critical care educational project spanning a website, journal watch facility, newsletter, international meeting, annual book and podcast. He also co-founded a platinium open access journal, Critical Care Horizons. Rob is a passionate believer that scientific advances, especially through publically funded research, should be available to all and works to promote open access to such work through Critical Care Reviews and Critical Care Horizons. (SoMe: | @critcarereviews |

Mark Wilson

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If you already have an invitation, please refer to your conference invitation e-email for details regarding registration and payment. If you have no invitation and would like to attend TBS20, please send us an email at with a very brief presentation of your professional background. The registration fee is set at 750EUR.