Edinburgh is set to
net almost £1.5 million from a zebrafish conference which will swim into the
city in June 2011.
A total shoal of over 8,000 delegates is
expected to participate in 36 conferences in Edinburgh in the next two years, worth up to
£9.7 million to the local economy.
Zebrafish, which are found in
India, have become increasingly
popular with research scientists in the biomedical industry because of their
special characteristics. They are used in laboratories across the globe to model
human genetic disease and to screen for drugs to treat these diseases. Up to 800
international scientists are expected to travel to the Edinburgh International
Conference Centre to attend the four-day International Zebrafish
The event is one of 36 new conferences won
for the city with the assistance of the Edinburgh Convention Bureau and
confirmed between 15 July and 17 August.
“We are delighted that once again business tourism
continues to increase its value to the local economy in these difficult times.
The worth of the sector is not only measured in financial benefits but also in
profiling Edinburgh and Scotland as a research and
development centre of excellence,” says Edinburgh Convention Bureau’s Sue