Nottingham aims for pharma

Nottingham is carving out a reputation as a pharmaceutical meetings destination and its BioCity has created a concentration of expertise and innovation within a condensed area.

There is meeting space available to hire at the former headquarters of Boots Healthcare, with rooms available for up to 800 people in their Art Deco, Grade 1 listed building.

There is also substantial meeting space available at the Bioscience Incubator, the site where ibuprofen was discovered.

The Education and Conference Centre at the Queen’s Medical Centre offers both healthcare training and meetings space for medical meetings for up to 100 delegates.

The ‘green’ Orchard Hotel and East Midlands Conference Centre is, meanwhile, located in landscaped parkland and is close to both the University of Nottingham and the Queens Medical Centre.

International delegates coming to Nottingham can fly into both East Midlands and Birmingham airport. One recent international conference won by Nottingham Conferences, based at The University of Nottingham, was the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB) and the Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB) Conference.

ECMTB has been held since 1991, and was previously hosted in Gothenburg, Kraków, Dresden and Milan. Nottingham’s Centre for Mathematical Medicine and Biology was keen to bring the event to the city and a proposal was put to the ESMTB and SMB boards, which agreed that The Centre for Mathematical Medicine and Biology of The University of Nottingham would host the 2016 joint meeting of the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology and the Society for Mathematical Biology, 11–15 July 2016.

Eight hundred researchers from around the world came to learn about cutting-edge research at the interface between mathematics and the life sciences.

There are 500+ meeting spaces set across three campuses and over 4,000 bedrooms at the University Park, which boasts:

  • A location set in 330 acres with many green spaces (gardens, parkland and a lake)
  • A choice of meeting spaces and facilities
  • A choice of two on-campus accommodation options
  1. Value option, including Halls of Residence
  2. The eco-friendly, award winning, 220 bedroom De Vere Venues Orchard hotel.
  • Transport links
  1. East Midlands airport 15 miles
  2. Nottingham Train Station 3 miles
  3. Tram service to the city centre c. 10 minutes journey

A number of excursions were organised in conjunction with Experience Nottinghamshire and included the Robin Hood Town Tour, Nottingham Castle, Green’s Mill & Science Centre, Galleries of Justice Museum and the National Video Games Arcade.

The Conference dinner was held at Kelham Hall in Newark.

Nottingham Conference Centre, in the centre of the city is also a new venue attracting meetings, many from the scientific and medical sector and, if it is sporting tradition you want for your event backdrop, there is a choice of Trent Bridge cricket ground, and also two football stadiums with events space.

Over in neighbouring Leicestershire, recent bids have gone in for events in sectors including steampunk, politics, public health, midwifery and social travel.

Leicester welcomed 1,500 delegates from the UK and 21 separate countries for the International Association for Media and Communication (IAMCR) Conference at the end of July 2016.

The conference brought an estimated economic value of £250k to the local economy.

The bid to host the conference was secured by the University of Leicester in partnership with Leicester Shire Promotions.

Leicester’s visitor economy was boosted with three national conferences in the city during April and May 2016. Over 1,000 delegates from across the UK and Europe attended conferences by the Chartered Institute for Archaeology, Cycle City Active City and the Tourism Management Institute Hot Topic

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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