Thousands of delegates from all over the world will arrive in London this weekend for the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017.
It is the first time that London will host AAIC, which is the world’s largest gathering of the Alzheimer’s and dementia research community. More than 5,000 leading Alzheimer’s disease and dementia scientists are expected to join the five-day congress, which will begin on Sunday 16th July at ExCeL London. The event is expected to generate over £22m economic benefit for the city.
On Tuesday 18 July, the Coca-Cola London Eye will switch on its 6,000 LED lights to purple, the colour of the Alzheimer’s Association, to celebrate the Conference taking place in the city and raise awareness of the disease.
Darren Mendola, senior director, Conference Services at the Alzheimer’s Association, said: “London’s world class attractions, public transportation and accessibility and the ExCeL
Suzanne Singleton, head of associations at London & Partners, the city’s official promotional agency and convention bureau, added: It’s great to see that, working closely with our ambassadors and ExCeL London, we were able to attract yet another high-profile, large-scale medical congress. As well as being the best connected city in the world and offering a range of accommodation options for congress organisers, London is a leading medical research hub and it is key for us to continue to showcase this to international event planners.”
James Rees, executive director, ExCeL London, said: “In partnership with London, it is our aspiration to host the very best events in the world, with AAIC representing the leading event in its field. This event demonstrates the fantastic partnership between ExCeL, as the host venue, and the city, coming together to deliver a truly world-class event.”
AAIC is the latest in a series of high-profile medical congresses that chose London as a host city. Earlier this year, the city and ExCeL London welcomed the European Association of Urology for their annual congress that broke previous records of registrations, with over 12,600 delegates.