Global biotech congress makes first visit to Scotland

The 16th European Congress on Biotechnology (ECB16) is expected to generate £1.3m for the Edinburgh economy as it opened its four-day 2014 edition at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) 13 July.
 
The congress has over 800 academic and industrial biotechnologists in attendance and a comprehensive scientific programme.
 
ECB16 benefited from VisitScotland’s Conference Bid Fund. Match-funded by cities, the Bid Fund is geared towards attracting high-yielding conferences, linked to Scotland’s areas of expertise in industry, commerce, science and medicine.
 
Marketing Edinburgh Chief Executive John Donnelly, said: “Bringing ECB16 to Scotland was the result of a terrific collaboration between Convention Edinburgh, the EICC and our members. The entire process commenced over two years ago, when we approached Edinburgh Napier University’s Emeritus Professor and Edinburgh Ambassador, Charlie Bryce, to potentially lead the conference bid.
 
“From there it was a lot of hard work from our Ambassadors, the Business Tourism team, host venue the EICC, VisitScotland and conference agency TFI Group – not only to initially win the bid but to bring those plans to fruition. It’s a great example of how working together effectively can achieve amazing results and successfully generate millions for Edinburgh’s economy.”
 
Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s Tourism Minister, said the VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund was instrumental in helping to attract numerous prestigious, high-yield, high-spend international conferences to the country, and making Scotland more competitive within the international conference market.
 
Simon Maier, Creative Director, TFI Group, said:  “ECB16 is organised by the EFB in conjunction with us; working together in close partnership, we have used our shared expertise to produce a brilliant, vibrant and engaging congress which is certain to leave its mark in Edinburgh’s scientific history. TFI looks forward to organising more events in this beautiful city, where we already have a strong presence.”
 
Over 109 conferences and events are due to take place in Edinburgh between 2014 and 2021. They could generate over £117m for the local economy and include international conventions such as the European Aquaculture Society in 2016 and the Cleft Lip/Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies conference in 2021.
 
Edinburgh is the number one ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) conference destination in the UK outside of London and rated 21 in the top 50 European City ranking.
 
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