The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2015, held at Excel London 29-August-2 September, broke all the association’s previous records for attendance with 32,773 delegates.
The Congress celebrated five full days of science, including 28 clinical hot line presentations, 18 clinical trial updates, 20 registry studies, five new guidelines and 4,533 abstracts.
Isabel Bardinet, CEO of ESC, said: “London and Excel have completely delivered on our expectations. Never in the history of the ESC Congress have we had such a well-attended event. London has been a fantastic host city and Excel, based on feedback by participants, has delivered the best layout the congress has ever had. A congress can’t work unless the city, the venue and the organiser work in partnership and I’m delighted that the partnership between ESC, London & Partners and Excel has been so strong – it’s even difficult to tell the teams apart, as they’ve worked together as one, to deliver a great event.”
Excel London executive director, James Rees, added: “The decision to build and open London’s first International Convention Centre in 2010 was made with the specific desire to host events of this magnitude and the huge numbers they need to accommodate. The way ESC used the venue was truly spectacular. In what is our busiest ever year for conferences, staging the ESC Congress has helped to further cement our reputation as a home of world leading events.”
Head of Associations at London & Partners Becky Graveney noted the city had truly embraced the event, with the London Heart Trail from Tower Bridge to London Eye promoting the importance of heart health and well-being to visitors and Londoners alike.
“The culmination of course was the record- breaking delegate numbers and the £100m in economic benefit the event brought to London. The cardiology congress is the meetings world equivalent of the Olympics, and ESC was a gold-medal winning event for everyone involved.”