Manchester has won the bid to host the 11th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH) through its connection with Manchester conference ambassador* Dr Arpana Verma.
The conference is expected to attract over 1,000 scientists, practitioners and senior policy makers to Manchester Central, 4-7 March 2014. ICUH 2014 is estimated to be worth approximately £1.8m to the local economy.
Visit Manchester, Manchester Central and the University of Manchester’s conference office worked in partnership with Dr Verma to secure the event.
Dr Verma is a senior lecturer at The University of Manchester, and Director of the Manchester Urban Collaboration on Health. Dr Verma will also be President of the International Society on Urban Health during 2014 and is leading on the organisation of the conference. She is a respected conference ambassador and previously organised the inaugural Festival of Public Health UK last summer and the 11th International Hepatitis C Conference in the city in 2009.
Paul Simpson, Managing Director of Visit Manchester, said: “We’re thrilled that Manchester has been chosen to deliver ICUH 2014. The city is internationally recognised as a groundbreaking city for science and medicine and is the natural host for a conference of this nature.
“This win proves just how valuable our conference ambassadors are and is also a prime example of how the city’s conference industry and academic community works together in collaboration to make Manchester the home of great conferences.”
Dr Arpana Verma said: “We are looking forward to welcoming our guests from all over the world to celebrate the century of the city.
*Manchester’s Conference Ambassador Programme supports individuals who influence their own professional associations and groups to meet in Manchester.
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