Scotland’s Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), in partnership with the James Hutton Institute, has announced that the European Society for Rural Sociology (ESRS) has chosen Aberdeen as the host City for its 2015 congress.
The congress will take place at AECC 18-21 August 2015 and the Institute, which is organising the event, expects to attract 400 delegates.
Destination marketers say the region’s blend of a traditional rural hinterland, juxtaposed with the epicentre of the European energy industry, will provide a contrast for delegates to experience rural innovation, particularly in relation to renewable energy, local food, cultural ecosystem service provision and multifunctional land management.
Founded in 1957, the ESRS is the leading European association for researchers and policy-makers involved in the study of rural issues. The James Hutton Institute’s work in these areas is undertaken by its Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Group, the largest group of rural social and economic scientists in the UK.
The congress was secured by Dr Lee-Ann Sutherland at the Institute in Aberdeen and was awarded subvention funding from Visit Scotland’s National Bid Fund.
Professor Iain Gordon, Chief Executive of the James Hutton Institute said: “The Institute is proud to host the European Society for Rural Sociology 2015 Congress in Aberdeen. As well as the stimulation of the conference itself, the North-East of Scotland offers delegates, and their partners, a vast range of experiences from walks to whisky, hospitality to Highland Games.”
Brian Horsburgh (pictured), Managing Director of AECC said: “Securing the ESRS Conference for August next year is great news, and re-emphasises our belief that a team approach works best when working to bring overseas conferences to the region.”
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