Nanotechnology conference win for Birmingham

Birmingham and the International Convention Centre (ICC) have won a lucrative bid to host a leading international conference on nanotechnology.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Nanotechnology Conference (IEEE NANO 2012) will be held at the ICC from 20-23 August 2012, bringing 500 delegates to Birmingham to exchange information on their latest research.

Nobel Prize Laureate Professor Konstantin Novoselov will speak at the conference.

Professor Kyle Jiang, Professor of Nanotechnology and Research Co-ordinator at the University of Birmingham’s School of Mechanical Engineering and Catherine Newhall-Caiger, Business Development Director at the ICC, put a joint bid for the event together with support from Marketing Birmingham. The bid was undertaken as part of the Birmingham Ambassadors programme, an initiative which aims to bring the city’s leading academics together with the private sector to showcase Birmingham’s expertise.

Newhall-Caiger said: “As a venue and a city we are highly experienced when it comes to supporting organisations who wish to bid for international conferences and winning this conference serves to highlight how a team approach can bring real benefits to associations seeking to host high-profile conferences.”

Nanotechnology is a key theme of the Science City Research Alliance (SCRA), a Birmingham Science City initiative which unites the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick in research projects across three core themes. Professor Jiang will chair the 2012 conference which is also supported by The Institute of Physics.

Professor Jiang said: “We are very pleased to be hosting this important conference in Birmingham and at the ICC in particular. Nanotechnology enables us to understand our world in more detail and provides us with more opportunities to improve the living conditions of mankind.”

The conference and its exhibition are also expected to provide new ideas and technology to the region.

Ian Taylor, Commercial Director at Marketing Birmingham, which operates Birmingham’s business tourism programme Meet Birmingham, said: “Birmingham’s reputation as a global events city has been further enhanced by the opportunity to stage such a prestigious international conference this summer, which will see leaders in nanotechnology travel here from all over the world.

“With the conference expected to attract 500 delegates to the ICC, the win demonstrates the importance of our Birmingham Ambassadors programme and itsrole in bringing events to the city.”

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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

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