Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) has landed the International Conference for Natural Product Biotechnology (ICNPB) in 2017. It will be the first time Aberdeen has hosted the conference since it launched in 2009. The 2017 edition will take place at the AECC, 25-26 September.
ICNPB is a significant conference to the biotechnology industry and attracted 300 delegates in 2014.
The director of ICNPB 2014, Jim Brown, had announced the conference would be coming to Aberdeen at a meeting of the industry’s leaders in Oban recently.
“Scotland is uniquely placed to host this conference,” Brown said. “There’s a joined-up community of individuals and business from right across the value chain, with the vision to ensure that we maintain our leading position in the sector.”
Brown went on to praise Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), and their partners in Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International as strong supporters of the biotechnology sector, commissioning the first Scottish conference back in 2009, and helping establish the structure of the sector ever since.
The International Conferences on Mechanisms of Action of Nutraceuticals (ICMAN) will also take place straight after ICNPB in 2017. It will bring together leading specialists and researchers inito chronic conditions and health and wellness issues in which nutraceuticals can play a part. The conference is a natural fit with ICNPB as there is common ground between the disciplines.
Steven Daun, AECC’s sales manager for the associations market, said: “It is great that ICNPB has selected Aberdeen as the host destination for the 2017 conference. Having the ICNPB will support the programme for delegates attending ICMAN and is a fantastic opportunity for the institutions to showcase their research to an international audience and for the delegates to visit this scenic region of Scotland.”
Daun has also won the title of Regional Young Ambassador at the recent Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards (ACSTA).
Caption (L-R): General manager at Ardoe House Hotel & Spa, Peter Sangster, presenting Steve Daun with his award.