‘Academic and scientific collaboration’ lure associations to Glasgow

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Three european associations have chosen the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), in Glasgow, for their flagship meetings after strong engagement from local experts during the bidding process.

Together the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC), the European Society for Radiotherapy Oncology (ESTRO) and the European Magnetic Resonance Meeting (EUROMAR) are expected to attract more than 10,000 delegates to the Scottish city in 2023.

Simon Blows, event logistics and development manager at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, organisers of ECOC, said: “As a global hub for photonics research with institutions such as the nanofabrication centre at the University of Glasgow, the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics and the Institute of Photonics at Strathclyde University, Glasgow is well equipped to host ECOC. 2023’s event is expected to feature many local innovations and technical advances.”

Professor Anthony Chalmers, chair of Clinical Oncology at the University of Glasgow, said: “ESTRO’s goal is to demonstrate progress in the optimal use of radiation oncology. The congress is a catalyst for us to deliver the local engagement project which aims to increase the use of radiotherapy for cancer patients across the West of Scotland. Winning the bid is a result of teamwork between the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, the University of Glasgow and the Beatson Cancer Charity.”

Meanwhile director of conference sales at the SEC, Kathleen Warden, said: “Conferences are a catalyst for social and economic progress, and the fact that they are happening in our city, puts Glasgow, Scotland and the UK at the heart of positive change.”

Aileen Crawford, head of conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, said: “It is great to see Team Glasgow working together on behalf of our prestigious European associations. The Glasgow offering continues to connect and resonate with European decision makers, looking for a committed host location to help deliver a successful meeting.”

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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