London & Partners, the official convention bureau for the capital, has announced that the European Association of Urology (EAU) will return to the city in 2017, after almost 30 years, to host its annual congress.
The five-day event will take place at Excel London’s ICC and organisers expect the event to draw 12,000 medical specialists to the capital, bringing in an estimated £41.7m of economic benefit to the city.
An EAU exhibition will also showcase both established products and cutting-edge medical technology.
London has been steadily attracting more and more medical conferences and last year played host to the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) congress, the European Association of Periodontology congress (EuroPerio) (which attracted 25% more delegates than the association’s previous event), and the European Society of Cardiology congress, which previous records of attendance.
Becky Graveney, head of associations at London & Partners, said: “London has proved time and time again that it knows how to deliver a great event and, with the city being one of the world’s leading centres for Life Sciences, it is no surprise that an increasing number of high profile medical associations choose London to host their congresses. We are looking forward to welcoming the European Association of Urology for what is set to be a leading scientific conference.”
Professor Christopher Chapple, EAU secretary general and honorary professor of urology at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, added: “London is a great city to host our next Annual Congress, EAU17.”
London’s reputation as a Life Sciences centre of expertise was boosted by the launch of MedCity in 2014, a collaboration between the Mayor of London and the capital’s leading research and healthcare centres to increase life sciences investment, commercialisation and entrepreneurship in the London-Cambridge-Oxford golden triangle.
Other medical events scheduled to take place in London this year include the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) congress in June and the European Respiratory Society congress in September.