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International Society of Hypertension

NEWS RELEASE: Glasgow to host the 2020 ESH-ISH Joint Scientific Meeting

Posted on 20/08/2014

Professor Rhian Touyz, International Society of Hypertension, said: "As the newly nominated President of the ISH, I was delighted when we won the bid to host the ESH ISH Joint Scientific Conference in Glasgow. It is an acknowledgement of the world leading research into hypertension taking place at The University of Glasgow and we look forward to welcoming delegates from more than 70 countries to Glasgow in 2020."

NEWS RELEASE

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Glasgow beats Munich and Stockholm to secure prestigious ESH/ISH Joint Scientific Congress in 2020

Glasgow has beaten off competition from Munich and Stockholm to bring one of the world’s most prestigious conferences to the city.

More than 4,000 delegates from across the globe will travel to Glasgow in 2020 for the European Society of Hypertension and the International Society of Hypertension (ESH/ISH) Joint Scientific Congress, which will take place at the Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC).

The Congress will inject more than £6 million into the local economy, securing some 16,000 hotel room nights in Glasgow and providing a welcome boost to the city’s restaurants, shops, bars and other businesses.

The city’s bid was delivered in partnership by the British Hypertension Society, the University of Glasgow, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) and the SECC.

With high incidences of heart disease in Glasgow and the West of Scotland, the city has developed a hands-on approach to research; shining a spotlight on a prevalent health issue whilst displaying a commitment to close partnership working with peers in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Glasgow is widely recognised as a centre for excellence in hypertension making it the perfect host city for the ESH/ISH Joint Scientific Congress 2020; with a long, distinguished record in cardiovascular research, blood pressure and hypertension.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the ESH/ISH Joint Scientific Congress to Glasgow in 2020.

“This announcement comes on the back of a decade of hard work and close partnership working as we continue to grow our enviable portfolio of conference wins in the life sciences sector.

“Glasgow has a long history of healthcare innovation; pioneering revolutionary medical technologies to world-wide audiences and we’re looking forward to a bright future of ground-breaking life sciences research tackling public health issues head-on.

“Conferencing business forms an integral part of the city’s economic strategy. Securing the ESH/ISH Joint Scientific Congress 2020, at a time when global competition in the market is incredibly fierce, is fantastic news for Glasgow and underpins exactly why we are not just Scotland’s conference capital, but one of the world’s premier business tourism cities.”

The good news for the city comes on the back of Glasgow’s winning bid to host the World Congress of Soil Science in 2022, which will welcome 3,000 delegates and deliver a massive £5.4million boost to the local economy.

The ESH/ISH Joint Scientific Congress 2020 will add to Glasgow’s impressive list of life science conferences which have taken place in the city to-date including the European Renal Association Congress (2006), European Congress of Endocrinology (2006) and the European Immunology Conference (2012).

Dr Anna Dominiczak, European Society of Hypertension, said: “Glasgow has a great tradition of cutting-edge hypertension research and a lot of patients in the city benefit from antihypertensive treatment.

“Our aim for the future is to diagnose those who need treatment early, something that we’re trying to continue to implement in GP surgeries all over Glasgow.

“It’s fantastic that we’ve succeeded in bringing the joint ESH/ISH Meeting to Glasgow. It will be good for the city and will strengthen Glasgow’s position as a major international centre of excellence in hypertension.”

Professor Rhian Touyz, International Society of Hypertension, said: "As the newly nominated President of the ISH, I was delighted when we won the bid to host the ESH ISH Joint Scientific Conference in Glasgow. It is an acknowledgement of the world leading research into hypertension taking place at The University of Glasgow and we look forward to welcoming delegates from more than 70 countries to Glasgow in 2020."

Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing said: “Securing the European Society of Hypertension and the International Society of Hypertension Joint Scientific Congress is a big win for Glasgow and for Scotland.

“The VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund has been instrumental in helping to secure prestigious, high-yield, high-spend international conferences such as this, ensuring that Scotland is competitive within the international conference market.”

Kathleen Warden, Director of Conference Sales at the SECC, said: “It was an enormous privilege to work with Professor Dominiczak and Professor Touyz, world leaders in the field of hypertension, in the bid to win this prestigious conference.

“We’re looking forward to making the entire delegation feel welcome here at the SECC for what will be another excellent event. Once again, the long-established partnership approach to securing conferences for the city has been fruitful.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS

  • Glasgow City Marketing Bureau was named the      UK’s Best Convention Bureau for an incredible eighth year in a row      in March 2014 in a poll for the influential industry magazine Meetings      & Incentive Travel. The awards are considered highly prestigious      because they are voted for by more than 3,000 meetings industry      professionals.

 

  • In the last financial year, Glasgow hosted 453 conferences, equating to £118 million in local economic benefit. Delegates now account for one in five hotel beds sold in Glasgow, underscoring the importance of conventions to the local economy.

 

  • The city’s bid for the ESH/ISH Joint Congress 2020 was supported by VisitScotland’s £2 million Conference Bid Fund. Launched in 2012, the fund is aimed at helping cities across the country put together the best possible bids and attract high-yield conventions linked to Scotland’s areas of expertise in industry, technology, commerce, science and medicine. To date, some 46 conferences have been secured from Bid Fund investments through to 2021, delivering a predicted spend by attendees of £106 million.

 

  • The SECC is situated in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland’s cultural and commercial capital, and is one of the UK’s largest integrated venues,  purpose-built to provide exhibition, conference and concert space. Capable of delivering events to well over 10,000 delegates, the SECC has space with flexibility; from the iconic Clyde Auditorium to the Loch Suite of meeting rooms, all joined to 22, 355m2 of exhibition space. The newest addition to the campus, The SSE Hydro, has a capacity of 13,000 and recently ranked fourth place in the Pollstar 'Top 100 Worldwide Arenas'. For more information about the SECC, visit www.secc.co.uk.

 For more information, contact:

Claire Evans

Corporate Communications Manager
+44 (0)141 566 0873 / +44 (0)7703 731 873
claire.evans@glasgowcitymarketingbureau.com

 

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