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World's largest cardiology conference returns to London

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has confirmed that its ESC Congress, the world’s biggest gathering of heart specialists, will return to London in 2024.  

The event will take place at ExCeL London from 31 August to 3 September 2024, in what is a huge vote of confidence in the city. 

When the Congress last came to London in 2015, it attracted 32,700 delegates from 140 countries. The 2021 ESC Congress had been slated to run in London but is now a digital-only event in August.

Isabel Bardinet, ESC’s CEO, said the decision was a “strong statement” that supports ESC members and health professionals.

“It’s also a thank you to the public who enthusiastically participated in the public events of the last ESC Congress, proving that we can together reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease,” she said. “London has proven itself a dynamic and reliable partner in this fight for health, and we feel sure that it will do so again.” 

ESC is among a number of medical associations to have chosen London and ExCeL for events between 2021 and 2025 including the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH). The European AIDS Conference (EACS) is also due to come to London this October, with the event going ahead in a hybrid format and a reduced number of live delegates in the city.  

Suzanne Singleton, head of associations at London Convention Bureau welcomed the news. She said: “It’s great news that ESC has chosen to return to London in 2024, especially after a very challenging year for London’s event sector. The city is a dynamic destination for meetings and events and the strong medical presence in the capital provides a wealth of opportunity for medical event planners. From our world-leading medical research centres, four of the world’s top 20 universities for life sciences in London, Cambridge and Oxford and over 350 medtech companies, event planners benefit from access to leading medical professionals, thought leaders and sponsors.” 

James Rees, executive director, ExCeL London, said that he was delighted that the ESC has taken the decision to choose ExCeL London for the 2024 congress in the city. “Having supported the ESC team to deliver a record-breaking event in 2015, we are looking forward to beginning the detailed planning for 2024 and incorporating continued investment and innovation in ExCeL’s physical and digital infrastructure to meet the future needs of this world-leading congress,” he said.