World Procurement Congress to London, Dementia Research Conference to Aberdeen

The InterContinental London – The O2 on the Greenwich Peninsula, has won a three-year contract to host the Procurement Leaders’ World Procurement Congress and Awards.

The 453-room hotel and 4,500sqm conference centre will host the 2016 event on 17-18 May. The event had previously been held in London’s West End.

Venue placement agency pro-ven worked with organiser Procurement Leaders to source the venue for 700+ delegates, who will arrive from more than 20 countries.

For two days, the World Procurement Congress will take over the hotel’s entire conference centre, including all 3,100sqm of pillar-free space within the Arora Ballroom to showcase brands including Google, SAP, Coupa and Huawei, and all 19 additional meeting rooms for presentations, networking and breakouts. The hotel will also play host to the World Procurement Awards on the night of 18 May; a dinner and awards ceremony for 1,000 guests.

Hotel GM Hasham Soliman said he was delighted with the three-year deal. “We have a brand new, incredible product with all the space, versatility and connections required to attract high-profile large events such as this one away from the centre of London and this contract perfectly underlines our ability to do just that.”

Chris Edwards, Procurement Leaders’ head of operations added: “Having held discussions with the team at pro-ven and the InterContinental London – The O2 during its pre-opening phase, we are now really looking forward to holding the event in what is already fast becoming the capital’s most exciting new venue. The sheer scale of the events space, along with its unique position on the river, provides us with a phenomenal new all-round events proposition for the congress to ensure it can continue to grow year on year.”

Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK), meanwhile, will bring its 2017 annual conference to North-east Scotland following a successful, sold out 2016 conference in Manchester.

The three-day conference will be held at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC), 13-15 March 2017, and will welcome dementia researchers from across the UK and beyond.

Professor Bettina Platt, local conference chair for the ARUK conference and chair of Translational Neuroscience at Aberdeen University, will be working closely with local organisations including Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust (AFCCT) who have a dementia friendly wellbeing initiative across the city of Aberdeen, University of Aberdeen Public Engagement with Research Unit and NHS Grampian who hold an annual dementia care conference to deliver the public engagement element of the conference.

ARUK received additional support from the VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund which helps attract more business tourism to Scotland and increases Scotland’s competitiveness within the international conventions market.

She said: “This is the first time the annual ARUK conference is coming to Aberdeen. We are hoping that this event will inspire not only scientists but also the general public to engage with a topic that affects all of us. We are certainly looking forward to presenting exciting new research and providing a platform for challenging discussions and networking.”.

The annual ‘PhD Day’, which kicks-off the three day conference, is designed to give students an opportunity to meet and present their work to peers in a relaxed environment, along with a careers session to help navigate their academic career.

Jane Elsom, research projects manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said, “The first Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference had 12 delegates and it’s fantastic to see the event go from strength to strength, now attracting nearly 500 researchers a year. Dementia is our greatest medical challenge and scientific collaboration is critical in the hunt for desperately needed treatments. Our annual conference provides the perfect opportunity for researchers from across the world to meet, share and debate new ideas, and forge new partnerships to accelerate dementia research. We look forward to coming to Aberdeen in 2017 and working with researchers across Scotland to develop a stimulating conference programme.”

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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