Aberdeen benefits from smart subvention funding

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) has been playing host to the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR), a five-day event involving delegates from across Europe.

Brought to the city by the Robert Gordon University (RGU) in conjunction with the Aberdeen Ambassador Network, the conference returned to Aberdeen for the first time since 1997. Subvention funding from VisitAberdeenshire and match-funding by VisitScotland’s Conference Bid Fund helped clinch the business with Europe’s premier forum for the presentation of new research in the field of Information Retrieval.

The conference also provided a network for young researchers to debate their unpublished and innovative research. There were also keynote sessions from academic and industry professionals, along with workshops, tutorials and industry days.

Julie Dixon, conference organiser from CPD Services at the University of Aberdeen said: “Bringing the ECIR event to Aberdeen has given us a great opportunity to work with RGU and showcase the city to an international audience, with great local support including a civic reception hosted by the Lord Provost at the city’s Town House.

“The feedback from delegates has been excellent; particularly in relation to AECC, Aberdeen City, hotels and facilities. It’s always a pleasure working with the Aberdeen Ambassador Network to attract conferences to the city, looking for ways to enhance and extend the delegate’s experience and give a true, hospitable Scottish welcome.”

Next month delegates will again head to Aberdeen for the Society of Radiological Protection (SRP) three-day conference, 16– 18 May. This UK event is another to benefit from subvention funding from VisitAberdeenshire, match-funded by VisitScotland.

“We are delighted that AECC will be hosting our 2017 conference,” said SRP president, professor Peter Cole of the University of Liverpool. “Over 220 delegates are expected. There will be an associated exhibition by at least 30 suppliers of equipment and services to the profession.”

Steven Daun, associations sales manager for AECC commented: “Having two significant international associations choose AECC to host their annual conferences, with both being awarded subvention funding, is great for the Aberdeen region. We have a diverse calendar of conferences taking place at the venue this year showcasing the research work which takes place within the city. We have enjoyed working with the organisers and hope to welcome them back to the city in future years.”

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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