This year Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) will welcome a diverse calendar of national and international conferences to the Granite City, a region rich in science, academia, commerce and history.
Highlights of this year’s conference calendar include two health science conferences which will visit AECC in March: the annual national Alzheimer’s Research UK conference which is brought to Aberdeen by Professor Bettina Platt and her team at the University of Aberdeen; and The UK Molecular Epidemiology Group Conference Spring Meeting, chaired by Professor Susan Duthie of the Robert Gordon University.
Following on from this The European Conference on Information Retrieval brings an international audience to the city in April, led by the Robert Gordon University (RGU); before The Society of Radiological Protection’s Annual Conference takes place in May.
The OCEANS conference returns to AECC, for the second time, in June. Organised by the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) and the Marine Technology Society (MTS), Oceans was last held in Aberdeen in 2007. Professor John Watson of the University of Aberdeen, local co-chair for the event, has been key in securing this conference for the city, he commented:
“We look forward to welcoming IEEE OCEANS to Aberdeen, the fact that the city has once again been chosen to hold this event highlights the importance and size of the oceanic industry to the region, and its growing experience in the renewable energy market. The high standard showcased in 2007 has set the stage for an exceptional event and delegates can expect an interesting and informative conference programme, technical framework and social events calendar at the 60th OCEANS Conference.”
The International Conference on Natural Products Biotechnology descends on Aberdeen in September, before the first joint conference between The International Conference on Mechanisms of Action of Nutraceuticals (ICMAN) and the International Union of Pharmacology (IUPHAR) Natural Products Section will bring their biennial meetings to Aberdeen in September; which is set to attract 500 global delegates to the city.
AECC work closely with VisitAberdeenshire to bring these events to the region, assisted by subvention funding from VisitScotland.
Aberdeen is an exciting place to be at the moment, with major developments taking place including the new state-of-the-art venue which will open its doors in 2019. Boasting an impressive 47,000m2 of internal event space as well as on-site hotels, including a four star Hilton, the new venue is located next to Aberdeen International Airport and offers easy accessibility for visitors. There are already events confirmed for the new venue, including The Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Conference which will take place in 2020.
AECC’s Associations Sales Manager, Steven Daun, commented: “We are excited to welcome such a broad range of conferences to the venue in 2017; it is testament to the success of the city’s team approach through the Aberdeen Ambassador Network, which assist events in coming to the region.”