New AECC confirms first conference

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) has announced its first conference confirmed to take place at the new venue, due to open in 2019.

The Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Conference will take place in 2020 at the new AECC, which is based at Bucksburn, Aberdeen. It will be the first time the conference has been held in the UK.

The AECC team is actively promoting the venue at key industry events in Las Vegas and Los Angeles over the coming months and says bid enquiries have come in for dates up to 2023.

The 16th PCST conference is expected to attract 600 science communication scholars and practitioners and will include workshops and keynote speeches from leaders in the field.

The event was attracted to Aberdeen through the Team Aberdeen partnership working between the venue and the University of Aberdeen. A competitive bidding process for the 2020 conference took place this year’s PCST Conference in Istanbul, where Dr Ken Skeldon and Dr Heather Doran from the university’s Public Engagement with Research Unit made the Aberdeen presentation.

This conference has been awarded subvention funding from VisitAberdeenshire, match funded by VisitScotland’s Conference bid Fund.

Aberdeen City Council Leader Jenny Laing said: “It is great news that the new AECC has received its first booking just a few weeks after we held the sod-cutting ceremony for it.

“The new AECC is a vital part of ensuring Aberdeen can compete on a global basis with other major cities and also for its future prosperity as it will attract bigger names in entertainment, as well as more international events and conferences.”

President of PCST, Brian Trench, added: “Scotland will in 2020 become the 16th country to host a PCST conference, and we confidently expect the Aberdeen event to be a big success.”

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