Town and gown appreciation for academics’ efforts

Academics from Cambridge University were joined by the Mayor of Cambridge at a recent event to celebrate the promotion of Cambridge as a global centre of excellence for intellectual capital, leading-edge research and as a location for international conferences.

Organised by Conference Cambridge and held at Emmanuel College, the evening was an informal ‘thank you’ to Cambridge Ambassadors who have brought events and business to the city.

Endorsing the value of Conference Cambridge’s ‘Ambassador Programme’, Professor Jeremy Sanders, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Institutional Affairs at the University of Cambridge, highlighted the wealth of opportunities for knowledge-sharing and the importance of conferences in contributing, both educationally and financially, to core academic activities.

He said: “Conferences engender a spirit of communication and collaboration between participants and organisations. The Cambridge Colleges foster an environment for events with themes that bridge disciplines and international borders.”

Mayor Councillor Paul Saunders reiterated the benefits of attracting conferences to Cambridge, not only in giving delegates the chance to enjoy the unique Cambridge Experience but also for the economic benefit each conference brings.

Conference Cambridge is hosting this year’s Great Ambassador Networking Group conference (GANG) which will see Ambassador Programme managers from destinations across the UK & Ireland come together to share best practice and ideas. For the first time, the Cambridge conference will also be open to international destinations. The GANG network was instrumental in helping Conference Cambridge to develop its Ambassador Programme, which was launched in 2012. This year’s GANG will be held at Murray Edwards College on 27 March 2014.

Photo: L-R: Mayor Councillor Paul Saunders; Jennifer Brook, Bursar of Churchill College and Managing Bursar of Conference Cambridge; Professor Jeremy Sanders, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Institutional Affairs at the University of Cambridge; and Judith Sloane, Deputy Manager of Conference Cambridge.

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