Manchester ESOF programme director wins IAPCO Award

Programme director for the EuroScience Open Forum in Manchester (ESOF 2016) Vicky Rosin was honoured with the IAPCO Driving Excellence Client Award in  Dubai last week.

Agency Conference Partners collected the International Association for Professional Congress Organisers’ award on behalf of its ESOF 2016 client at the IAPCO Annual Meeting The Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, 16 February.

Rosin is former deputy chief executive at Manchester Council, and received the accolade, IAPCO said, for “a partnership which accomplished an efficient, innovative and prosperous event”.

ESOF 2016 was held at Manchester Central between 24-27 July and was Europe’s largest interdisciplinary science meeting, bringing together 3,542 leading researchers, thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators to Manchester from more than 80 countries.

Speakers ranged from Sir Andre Geim and Sir Konstantin Novoselov, who were awarded the Nobel Prize for their ground-breaking work on graphene, to Professor Brian Cox.

Conference Partner’s UK general manager Sarah Fitzpatrick said: “The IAPCO Driving Excellence Client Award celebrates the demonstration of successful relationships and mutual respect between the client and the conference organiser, so it is a genuine honour for Conference Partners to present this accolade to our ESOF 2016 client Vicky Rosin.

“We believe ESOF 2016 surpassed all preceding events due to the successful collaboration between the city stakeholders, industry, academia and suppliers which was spearheaded by Vicky in partnership with Conference Partners. Due to this collaboration, the collective talent delivered the most successful conference in the history of the EuroScience Open Forums.”

The award announcement was made in front of an IAPCO audience of 120 international conference organisers from 30 countries.

Conference Partners is an internationally accredited PCO with offices in Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh and Manchester, and operating globally. The agency has a portfolio of 950 national and international conferences.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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