Edinburgh secures major health conference for 2020

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Scotland’s capital will host the sixth International One Health Congress in 2020 following a successful competitive bid process against other European cities.

The biennial event, which will deliver £3.3m into the local economy, is described as 'a momentous win for Convention Edinburgh, Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and the city’s medical and veterinary community' that reinforces 'Edinburgh’s position as one of the world’s leading hubs for medical and health expertise'.

More than 2,000 participants will attend the four-day event, which will be held from 15-18 June 2020 at the EICC, presenting the opportunity to showcase Scotland’s sector expertise and resource to a worldwide audience.

Scotland’s strong higher education sector continues to deliver world-class research, which is helping to deliver solutions to global challenges within livestock industries and both veterinary and human medicine.

Commenting on the win, head of conventions for Marketing Edinburgh, Amanda Ferguson said: “It is an honour for Edinburgh to be confirmed as host destination for this prestigious event.  The capital is renowned for its expertise in the health, environmental and life sciences sectors, as illustrated in our Make it Edinburgh campaign, and we welcome the opportunity to welcome experts from across the world to enable potentially life-changing collaboration.

“The positive impact of the congress will stretch beyond the event itself, fostering ongoing relationships, research and innovation, and creating a legacy effect which we’re proud to have helped facilitate.”

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One Health is an international movement that aims to attain optimal health and well-being for people, domestic animals, wildlife and the environment, by bringing together various disciplines to make a difference to society and the lives of people.  One Health aims to enhance understanding of and preparedness for current and future outbreaks of infectious diseases in humans and animals, such as Ebola, including the ecological and environmental factors that impact on these diseases. This year's 5th International One Health Congress was held in Saskatoon, Canada.

Marshall Dallas, CEO of the EICC, added: “We went head-to-head with a number of other major European cities to win the conference for Edinburgh, with the reputation of Scotland's capital as a centre for excellence in life sciences, and our city’s collaborative approach, helping to secure the bid.  The EICC has a strong track record in attracting some of the largest conferences in the field of health to Edinburgh and we look forward to hosting this significant event in June 2020.”

James Lancaster
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