Record year of conference wins provides springboard for SEC

The newly rebranded Scottish Event Campus (SEC) is reporting a big line up of association conference business on the back of a record year of wins in 2016.

Organisations selecting the SEC to host their forthcoming conferences include the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), The Electrochemical Society (ECS) and the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG).

The National Cancer Research Institute will hold its annual conference at the SEC in both 2018 and 2019, both are expected to draw 2,000 delegates.

Nicole Leida, head of conference and events at the NCRI, said: “The NCRI is a partnership of cancer research funders in the UK and hosting the conference in Glasgow is the next step on our journey to visiting some of the UK’s many hubs of research excellence.”

The SEC says it is expanding both the range and size of events that it attracts to Glasgow, from large-scale, campus-wide events to smaller meetings.

The Electrochemical Society’s Conference on Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage and the European Society of Human Genetics Conference will return to the campus in 2019 and 2021 respectively.

Director of conference sales at the SEC, Kathleen Warden, said: “It will be fantastic to welcome back both ECS and ESHG to the SEC. The return of both organisations is testament to the fact that the SEC, Glasgow is recognised as one of the top locations in Europe for staging conferences. Repeat business is a sure sign of success in any industry and with competition now global, we are thrilled that both have chosen to return to the city.”

Head of conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, Aileen Crawford, added: “Our strong partnership with the SEC is the essence of our success in attracting the conference and meetings market to Glasgow. We have all been fortunate enough to enjoy a great number of record-breaking years and accolades in the recent past and 2017 looks set to be yet another great year for the city.”

Neil Brownlee, head of business events at Visit Scotland also welcomed the wins, which, he said, highlighted the collaborative approach to bringing conferences to the city. “We look forward to working with both parties in the future,” he added.

In addition to major UK and international association conferences, significant corporate wins last year included global skincare specialists, Arbonne, and fast food giant, KFC.

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