BTN Europe presents an overview of business travel and MICE predictions for this year
ExCeL London - 24-25 February 2021
The Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC) has beaten international competition to win two major biology conferences to be held in 2011 and 2012. The events are expected to bring more than 2,500 researchers and other scientists to Glasgow, firmly placing the city on the map with the growing life sciences community. The SECC and Glasgow beat cities including Seville and Copenhagen to host over 1,200 conservation biologists for their third congress in 2012, with previous events having taken place in Eger (Hungary) and Prague. The Society of Experimental Biology have decided to return to Glasgow for the third time in five years. With this international conference being held in the UK every other year, the SECC was selected against strong competition from cities across the country. Ben Goedegebuure, Director of Sales, SECC commented; "Attracting these events against such strong competition is a fantastic achievement for our Team Glasgow and for us as a venue. "We're especially happy to host the Society of Experimental Biology for the third time running; this demonstrates that our service and the support offered to clients outstrip that of any other UK destination. "Our close ties with the city's universities and its scientific community as well as the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) have been instrumental in attracting these specialist events." GCMB Chief Executive Scott Taylor added: "Glasgow's acclaimed reputation in life sciences research - coupled with its international meetings credentials - are paying huge dividends for the city, as borne out by this latest conference win. "Securing conventions of this stature are a result of GCMB, SECC, hotels and academic partners working together to achieve conference success." The SECC's strong environmental credentials and commitment to hosting sustainable events as standard were another deciding factor that closed the deal for both conferences. The venue recently secured a Gold award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme and was recognised by leading conservation charity Trees for Life for its sponsorship of the reforestation of the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands.