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September 28, 2010

Edinburgh reaps benefits of its Ambassador Programme with three new association wins

The International Congress of the Biology of Fish, Organised by the American Fisheries Society Physiology Section, has announced that it will be holding its biannual congress at the Edinburgh Conference Centre at Heriot-Watt University in July 2014.

The event brings together up to 400 international scientists to discuss the latest research relating to every aspect of a fish’s development from environment to growth, disease and migration, and the congress will deliver an estimated £774,000 to the local economy.

The American Fisheries Society is the oldest and largest of its kind in the world whose mission is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.

Two other major conferences have also confirmed Edinburgh as their host destination.

The International Conference on Machine Learning will be held over four days in June 2012 at Edinburgh University’s venue Edinburgh First.  It is expected that 600 delegates will attend giving the event a value of £1.2 million.

Also scheduled to be held in Edinburgh in July 2012 in an international conference on Nitric Oxide, which despite being a simple molecule, is a fundamental player in the fields of neuroscience, physiology, and immunology, and was proclaimed” Molecule of the Year“1992.

Run over four days at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre it will attract 500 delegates and be worth almost £1 million to the economy. 

These three conferences are among 23 new events confirmed for the city between 24 July and 3 September this year with the assistance of the Edinburgh Convention Bureau (ECB).

In total these newly confirmed events are expected to attract 4,000 delegates and inject £5.6 million into the Edinburgh and Lothians economy.

Sue Stuart, chief executive of the Edinburgh Convention Bureau, said: “These 23 new events bring the total value of the conference we have helped win for the city since April to £33.2 million. With those conferences already confirmed and others in the pipeline I am confident we will achieve our target of £75.7million worth of the economic value for the meetings we assist in winning for Edinburgh this year.”

She continued: “We have invested a great deal of time and effort into developing our Ambassadors Programme, which identifies professional people in academia and commerce and works with them to attract the meeting of international association to Edinburgh. We are beginning to see that work, which has targeted younger professional people, begin to bear fruit.”

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