The University of Manchester has clinched an international conference on the science of light this summer. The event could bring an estimated economic benefit of £1.1m to the city.
The 28th Session of the International Commission on Illumination (also known as the CIE from its French title – the Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage) – should see 500 scientists from around the world meet in the University’s flagship conference venue, University Place, 28 June – 4 July 2015.
CIE is devoted to worldwide cooperation and the exchange of information on all matters relating to the science and art of light and lighting, colour and vision, photobiology and image technology.
Held every four years, the quadrennial conference took place most recently in Sun City, South Africa in 2011, Beijing in 2007 and San Diego in 2003.
The conference will take place during the United Nations’ International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). It was secured via a competitive bid process which took place over a number of years.
The National Committee, CIE-UK, supported by Marketing Manchester and The University of Manchester’s conference office, submitted its bid at the conference in Sun City, South Africa in 2011.
Professor Ann Webb, associate dean at The University of Manchester, current president of CIE and Manchester Conference Ambassador, described the bid as “a case-study in collaboration”.
Nick Brooks-Sykes (pictured), director of tourism at Marketing Manchester, said: “This is a great example of the power of establishing long-term partnerships in order to secure valuable international conferences for Manchester. This summer’s event will be the culmination of over seven years’ work in supporting CIE-UK and we look forward to welcoming scientists from around the world during the UN’s International Year of Light. This is a further high profile recognition and endorsement for Manchester’s appeal as the UK’s natural home for conferences with a science focus.”
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