Soil scientists to meet in Glasgow as city boasts ‘full calendar of events’

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More than 2,000 soil scientists will meet in Glasgow this summer as the Scottish city gets back to doing what it does best - hosting international association meetings.

Over the last 12 months, the city’s convention bureau secured 71 new conferences, which are expected to bring 36,000 delegates in total to the city, adding £53m to city coffers.

These add to the more than 100 meetings taking place during the 2022/2023 financial year, which should deliver an additional £87m in ‘delegate spend’ or business tourism.

The quadrennial World Congress of Soil Science, run by the International Union of Soil Scientists, is taking place at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) from 31 July – 5 August.

Sarah Garry, executive officer of the British Society of Soil Science, said: “We started working with the Glasgow Convention Bureau and the SEC on our invitation to host the world congress in 2008, so we are delighted that after all the hard work and planning, over 2,000 delegates from the international soil science community will meet at the SEC from 31 July 2022. We hope that congress attendees will use the congress as a stimulus to develop innovative solutions within academia and industry and support the public to recognise the importance which soil has in securing our future.”

Glasgow Convention Bureau, which is part of Glasgow Life, works on more than 100 bids for major conferences every year alongside key partners like the SEC and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, as well the city’s academic community, tourism and hospitality businesses, and transport operators.

Aileen Crawford, head of Tourism and Conventions at Glasgow Life, said: “Team Glasgow has worked tirelessly over the past 12 months, supporting clients who were forced to move or adapt their conferences while also winning more than £80m of new conference business for future years. 

“Crucially, the long-awaited return of physical meetings will enable delegates to collaborate, exchange expertise and drive innovation in person across an array of specialist subjects, from climate change solutions to the future of healthcare. It’s wonderful to be able to welcome these events back and support our city’s post-pandemic renewal.”

Kathleen Warden, director of Conference Sales, SEC, added: “In 2022 we have a full calendar of conferences. Organisers and delegates are eager to get back to meeting face to face, to share knowledge and create an impact, and it’s a delight to be welcoming delegates back to the city. Most importantly, we are striving to deliver events more sustainably than ever before.”

James Lancaster
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AMI editor James Lancaster is a familiar face in the meetings industry and international association community. Since joining AMI in 2010, he has gained a reputation for asking difficult questions and getting lost in convention centres. Proofer, podcaster, and panellist - in his spare time, James likes to walk, read, listen to music, and drink beer.

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