Four hundred scientists will arrive in Aberdeen soon for the 17th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms (CHRO). The conference will be held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), 15-19 September, the first time it has been in Europe for six years.
The CHRO Conference 2013 will showcase groundbreaking developments on pathogens and follows in the tradition of a highly successful conference run at the AECC in Aberdeen in 2007 – ‘Food Micro’. One of the Chairs of that conference, Professor Norval Strachan, decided to bid for the 2013 CHRO event on the experience of bringing ‘Food Micro’ to the city.
The initial bid was started in 2009 as CHRO is a biennial event. The initial expression of interest was presented at the 2009 Conference in Japan. The team (Professor Norval Strachan, Dr Ken Forbes, the AECC and the now disbanded Aberdeen Convention Bureau) made the final bid in Vancouver at the 2011 CHRO event – and beat tough competition from France to secure the event for Aberdeen.
A strong case was made based on the food offerings from the North-East of Scotland, coupled with the long history of scientific research carried out by the Rowett Institute and the University of Aberdeen.
“We are delighted to host the conference in Aberdeen,” said Strachan. “The CHRO Conference 2013 will be the leading international conference, where research meets medicine, industry and policy around the topics of this important group of organisms.”
AECC Managing Director Brian Horsburgh, said: “We are pleased that the CHRO committee chose Aberdeen and AECC as their location for the 2013 Conference. This is one of a number of important areas of research for Aberdeen and we plan to continue to attract future life science conferences to the region.”
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