The 27th International Input-Output Association Conference (IIOA) draw to a close at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre (pictured) last week in Glasgow. The meeting – which took place in the UK for the first time – attracted a record number of delegates from nearly 50 countries.
The IIOA conference is focused on the advancement of knowledge in the field of data compilation and economic statistics and its use across a wide variety of sectors. A key theme of this year’s meeting is sustainability and minimising the environmental impact of conferences on their host destination.
Glasgow has aspirations to become one of Europe’s most sustainable business tourism cities and is currently the only UK city to be included in the Global Destination Sustainability Index.
Gordon Hodge, Head of Conferencing and Events at the University of Strathclyde added: “Our sustainability team has worked hard to identify ways that we can support clients like the IIOA to minimise the environmental impact of their meetings. Even simple gestures like encouraging delegates to bring their own water bottles to fill up for free; smart menu choices which include more vegetarian or vegan options; or making the most of our city-centre location and connectivity with public transport, can make a difference.”