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Privacy Policy

Data Protection Policy

This policy governs and informs about the manner in which the Foundation for the Institute of Research in Biomedicine (IRB), a Swiss-based not-for-profit foundation, processes personal data collected from participants of the 2° International Workshop on Ankylosing Spondylitis, Tales of Molecules and Patients, and other contact persons, in order to provide our services in the best possible way. This statement explains how and why we are processing personal data.

Which personal data we collect

Depending on the type of services you use from us, we collect the following personal data:

  1. Name, profession, specialty/main focus;
  2. Institute/organization/company of employment and professional address, phone number, e-mail address;
  3. Passport details: if you request an invitation letter to apply for a visa to enter Switzerland;
  4. Pictures, curriculum vitae, disclosure of conflict of interest: if you are asked and you agree;
  5. Technical meta data (IP address, browser version, operating system): if you use our website.

The collected data is only used for the respective purpose.

Private address is optional. No health or other kind of more sensitive information are collected.

Why we process personal data

Workshop Registration

The data and registration management system is hosted by Università della Svizzera italiana (

To process your registration we store information at the above mentioned points 1, 2, and 3.

We do not process your credit card information. This is handled by Worldline Financial Services (Europe) SA. For further information on their privacy policy, you can refer to their website (

What are your rights and how you can exercise them?

Registration for the workshop implies that the participants agree to be contacted by the workshop secretariat at any time for pertinent communications such as registration, scientific program updates and future editions.

Cancellation of your personal data

The cancellation of your personal data may occur at any time upon your request, sent by e-mail to

Photographs and videos

The Institute for Research in Biomedicine and the Fondazione Ceschina reserve the right to photograph and videotape the congress and participants and to use such photographs and videos in any internal and external communication referring to the workshop (website, press releases, newsletter or other publications). By registering, consent to such uses is assumed.


Institute for Research in Biomedicine Foundation
Via Francesco Chiesa 5, 6500 Bellinzona, Switzerland


Ceschina Foundation
C/O Altiqa SA
Via Nassa 21, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland