This year Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) is reporting a diverse calendar of national and international conferences booked in, with two health science conferences heading the list in March. The annual national Alzheimer’s Research UK conference comes to Aberdeen, brought by Professor Bettina Platt and her team at the University of Aberdeen; and The UK Molecular Epidemiology Group Conference Spring Meeting, chaired by Professor Susan Duthie of the Robert Gordon University.
The European Conference on Information Retrieval follows in April, led by the Robert Gordon University (RGU); before The Society of Radiological Protection’s Annual Conference takes place in May.
The OCEANS conference returns to AECC, for the second time, in June. Organised by the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) and the Marine Technology Society (MTS), OCEANS was last held in Aberdeen in 2007. Professor John Watson of the University of Aberdeen, local co-chair for the event, was key in securing this conference for the city and commented: “We look forward to welcoming IEEE OCEANS to Aberdeen. The fact that the city has once again been chosen to hold this event highlights the importance and size of the oceanic industry to the region, and its growing experience in the renewable energy market.
“The high standard showcased in 2007 has set the stage for an exceptional event and delegates can expect an interesting and informative conference programme, technical framework and social events calendar at the 60th OCEANS Conference.”
The autumn line up in Aberdeen includes the International Conference on Natural Products Biotechnology, and the first joint conference between The International Conference on Mechanisms of Action of Nutraceuticals (ICMAN) and the International Union of Pharmacology (IUPHAR) Natural Products Section, which bring their biennial meetings to Aberdeen in September. These are set to attract 500 global delegates to the city.
Subvention funding from VisitScotland helped to secure many of the conferences on the calendar.
The AECC’s new conference venue is also set to open its doors in 2019. Boasting 47,000sqm of internal event, space as well as on-site hotels, including a four-star Hilton. Events already confirmed for the new venue include The Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Conference in 2020.
AECC’s Associations sales manager, Steven Daun, said: “We are excited to welcome such a broad range of conferences to the venue in 2017; it is testament to the success of the city’s team approach through the Aberdeen Ambassador Network, which assist events in coming to the region.”