ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and Exhibition Centre Liverpool, this year celebrates a decade since it opened its doors. The venue has hosted more than 1,050 conferences and many international events since 2008 including BBC Worldwide Showcase, which returned for the seventh time in February; the European Association for International Education; Eurospine and the Union World Conference on Lung Health.
International Conferences Make their Way to Liverpool
Through its dynamic economy and attractiveness for companies, Nantes Métropole has established itself as the leading economic centre in France’s Great West. The health sector is one of the priority areas for Nantes’ economic growth and, in this context, La Cité Nantes Congress Centre (pictured) has been instrumental in getting the destination on the map, hosting numerous major medical congresses, like the FIAPAC Conference in September 2018.
Over the last decades, Nantes and its surrounding region have witnessed anexponential growth in both the number of companies created and in laboratories and researchers. Thanks to an ambitious scheme designed to make the destination a leading one in terms of R&D, many research organisations, such as INSERM, CNRS, INRA or IFREMER, and innovative businesses have made Nantes their home, and transformed it into an undisputable player in the health field.
As a tool for economic development, La Cité Nantes Congress Centre contributes to the national and international outreach of the sectors of excellence in the region. It has developed close ties with regional competitive clusters and unveiled a strategy to host events related to what it is good at, namely life sciences, to mention only but one. This excellence has led La Cité win the bid for the next congress of the International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception Associates (FIAPAC).
Professor Philippe David, Conference Chair and Gynecology and Obstetrics surgeon at the Clinique Jules Verne, explains : “In September, over two days, the care provision of abortion and contraceptionwill be re-explored and discussed, a little more than 40 years after the adoption of the Veil law. The aim of the conference is to facilitate and trigger professional reflections, with an ethic view of woman health, and the control of reproductive life and sexuality. Nantes is the ideal place to do that, as it boasts a very dynamic and engaged community in the field, as well deeply involved citizens and local authorities.”
When asked about La Cité itself, Professor David says the venue has shown its ability to host majorconferences in the past, and the know-how of its teams is no secret. “La Cité Congress Centre is located in the heart of Nantes, opposite the high-speed train station, only two hours from Paris, and at walking distance from most hotels. So accessibility is good, even for the participants who will come from far. But what matters to me the most is the people working there. There has been a close relationship that has developed between myself and La Cité over the years; we initiatied and won the bid for the FIAPAC Conference together. I know we can trust them, and they surely can deliver.” he says. “Altogether, Nantes is a very attractive place.”
It comes hardly as a surprise, then, that La Cité recently won the hosting of another major health-related event. The Congress of the International Society For The Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids will take place in 2022, with an expected attendance of 700 participants.
Rennes might not be on every association’s mind, but this is certainly due to change thanks to a few interesting infrastructure developments the capital of Britanny in France is currently undergoing. Building on these projects, Rennes has also emerged as a hub in a number of sectors, ranging from digital technology, health, agri-food, the environment and automated production, with a number of ground-breaking achievements attracting the attention of associations.
Only an hour and half from Paris by high-speed train, Rennes, the capital of Brittany, is situated at the heart of a dual carriageway network linking Brittany to the French capital and Normandy and to the areas south of the Loire divide. A vibrant yet quite relaxed city, Rennes is also the place to enjoy some Breton culture and medieval heritage. Pleasant parks and gardens, as well as a delightful old town with restored streets and squares, colourful traditional timber-framed houses, outstanding buildings by famous architects and one of the biggest outdoor markets in France, complete the picture.
On the academic side, with engineering schools (INSA Rennes, Bretagne Telecom, Centrale Supelec…), the European Graduate School of Art in Brittany, Sciences Po, a business school and two universities, Rennes attracts young people from around the world – there are about 66,000 students in the city. A hub of excellence with four of Brittany’s certified business clusters – the internationally renowned Images et Réseaux and Mer Bretagne clusters, as well as Valorial (foods for the future) and ID4car (the name is self-explanatory!) – Rennes boasts an interesting ecosystem that fuels high-level research and innovation.
Perhaps lesser known is the city’s excellence in cybersecurity, a field which might well embody Britanny’s leadership, and a government priority. Its vocation is to draw together the expertise from across the region, from an education, research and technology point of view, in all fields of technical expertise such as cryptology, micro-electronics, equipment, industrial systems, soft and hardware. The cluster works in close relation with the French Defence department, and training establishments like Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan are able to support it directly, while 75 leading businesses such as Thales or Orange work in the field as well. There are also SMEs delivering technological solutions covering the whole cyber security value chain, and 13 academic research teams working in cyber security, including seven working in cyberdefence, like IRISA, a joint research centre for informatics, or Lab-STICC, an IT lab, to name only but two.
Rennes has also been in the news lately with the brand-new Couvent des Jacobins Convention Centre (pictured). Boasting two auditoria for up to 1,000 people, 4,000 sqm of exhibition space and 25 meeting rooms, it is housed in a former convent, making it really one-of-a-kind. With 4,000 hotel rooms, 2,100 of which are in the city centre, a stone’s throw from the Couvent, Rennes might well be your next event destination.
To mark the 30th anniversary of the Drug Information Association (DIA) Europe meeting, the Congress Centre Basel (CCB) hwelcomed some 2000 participants from all over Europe from 17 to 19 April. Held at a different location every year, the meeting brought together experts in the development of healthcare products, allowing them to pool their findings and take forward measures for the development of healthcare products and lifecycle management.
With the motto “Join Us at the Crossroads of Healthcare”, the conference used all the available rooms at the CCB and creative stage elements for the wide range of different event formats, such as an exhibition with ePosters depicted on the CCB screens. Magdalena Daccord, Head of operations EMEA, says: “In future, DIA Europe will only be rotating between different locations, and one of these will be Basel”.
ESMO, the European professional organisation for medical oncology, has announced that the ESMO 2019 Annual Congress will take place in partnership with the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR) from 27 September to 1 October 2019, at the Fira Barcelona, Spain.
Following two congresses in Madrid in 2014 and 2017, ESMO will gather in Barcelona more than 22,000 clinicians, researchers, patient advocates, journalists and the pharmaceutical industry from all over the world to attend the congress’s programme, which will be developed by a committee composed of more than 300 international experts, in order to learn about the latest advances in oncology and translate science into better cancer patient care.
“Two of Spain´s undeniable strengths are the quality of its research system and international cooperation in oncology. I am therefore thrilled that ESMO has, for the first time, selected Barcelona, Spain, as the global stage for the exchange and debate of translational cancer science of excellence, first announcements of potentially practice changing data, and multidisciplinary must-have conversations set to spur transformative therapies against cancer,” says Prof Josep Tabernero, ESMO President Elect, Head of the Medical Oncology Department, Vall d´Hebron University Hospital, and Director of the Vall d´Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO).
The only UK Government-hosted event for the cybersecurity sector, CYBERUK 2018, took place earlier this month at Manchester Central and attracted around 1,500 delegates to the city, including key players in government, academia, and industry.
The event coincided with the announcement of the creation of a new GCHQ intelligence facility in Manchester, due to open in 2019, to support GCHQ’s work to identify and disrupt threats to the UK. The Manchester site will extend the network of sites in the UK operated by the UK Government’s intelligence, security and cyber agency.
Hundreds of high calibre jobs are expected to be created by the new offices, adding Manchester to the list of cities helping the country to counter online and real-world threat.
The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) has confirmed that NewcastleGateshead will be the host destination for its 5thUK Congress on Obesity (UKCO) on 6 – 7 September. The event, which will take place at Newcastle University’s Armstrong Building, will be attended by over 200 of the UK’s leading obesity researchers, clinicians, health care professionals and academics from around the country to hear the latest research on the prevention and treatment of obesity through the life course, from preconception to pension.
The busy program will include a line-up of renowned national and international speakers as well as local expert speakers from Newcastle University. Conference symposiums will also cover the topics of reproduction and intergeneration, obesity and age-related disease, molecular aspects of obesity, bariatric surgery and food insecurity and obesity.
In addition to the main conference programme, delegates will be invited to attend a free pre-conference symposium on 5 September on the topic of ‘translation of obesity research into practice’. There will also be a free workshop for early career researchers to develop their career in obesity. Furthermore, an event on 4 September will provide an opportunity for members of the public to listen to experts, ask questions and discuss the topic of obesity.
The CCH – Congress Centre Hamburg– has been undergoing comprehensive modernisation and remodelling since January 2017. From 2020 onward, the Centre will be able to offer association delegates a total available exhibition space of 12.000 square meters, another 12.000 square meters of foyer space, and 12.000 seats in up to 50 halls and rooms.
Heike Mahmoud, Chief Operating Officer CCH, says: “At IMEX in Frankfurtour customers can enjoy an exciting new technology: For the first time we will present a 3D viewing application based on the Real- time engine that is used with virtual reality (VR) goggles. The resulting visual experience is comparable to a real walk through the new CCH and by far exceeds static 360 degree views.”
In this way, conference participants can freely roam the rooms and entire buildings, walk down hallways, view their environment at any angle, and even interact with objects. Associations will also have at their disposal an iPad app and an individual space layout configurator to the Showroom centred around the virtual CCH hologram.