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August 9, 2010
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Obesity association names location for flagship event in 2013




The annual European Congress on Obesity (ECO), which studies and looks for solutions to the rise in numbers of obese members of society, has chosen Liverpool in north west England as the location for its 2013 conference following a series of bids by a number of European cities.

Liverpool will follow Istanbul in Turkey (2011) and Lyon in France (2012) as hosts for the conference, which is predicted to bring around 3,000 delegates to the four-day event, with an estimated economic benefit to the city of £5 million.

Liverpool was up against Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Moscow and Munich in its bid to secure the congress, which is aimed at providing a platform for discussion on the latest scientific developments in the field. Delegates in attendance will include clinicians, scientists, allied health professionals working in the field of obesity research and education, opinion leaders and advocacy groups.

“Having initially found out about the event back in May 2009 through the North West Conference Research Unit (NWCRU), we worked closely with our own Forum Legati conference ambassadors and ACC Liverpool to make our bid as strong as possible,” explained Liverpool Convention Bureau manager, Carol O’Reilly.

“We also featured Liverpool’s Year of Health and Wellbeing – an initiative to promote healthier lifestyles – as well as the range of attractions in the city region. But the real strength of our submission came from our expert scientific community and, in particular, Professor John Wilding, who is regarded as an expert in the field and gave organisers a compelling reason to bring ECO 2013 to the city.”

Dr Susan Jebb, chairman of the Association for the Study of Obesity, which organises the event, said she was delighted Liverpool had been chosen as the 2013 host. “The event will be a wonderful opportunity for the city to showcase its cultural heritage and vibrancy in welcoming the delegates from across Europe.

The event will be held at ACC Liverpool.


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