Glasgow wins 2019 ESPGHAN conference

Glasgow and the SECC have won a bid to host The European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) conference for 4,200 delegates in 2019.

SECC Glasgow
SECC Glasgow

Glasgow was competing against submissions from five other cities including Vienna, Istanbul and Lisbon, but won a ‘landslide victory’ by a member vote during the ESPGHAN meeting in Amsterdam last week.

The bid team was led by Dr Richard Russell and Dr Richard Hansen from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill) in Glasgow, with support from Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, the SECC Glasgow and VisitScotland.

Hansen said: "This was a tremendous team effort and is wonderful news for the city. On top of a well-researched and scientifically robust bid, we also gave them a wonderful taste of Scotland; bagpipes, whisky-tasting, a great city brand and a set of kilted warriors with a passion for what they do. We won the member vote by a comfortable margin of 53 votes, underlining how the delegation bought into Glasgow."

Kathleen Warden, director of conference sales at the SECC, added: "This was a genuine team effort from Glasgow that saw our ambassadors, stakeholders and bid team aligned behind a strong scientific bid. The bid team worked tirelessly to engage with delegates and to show them how much they would mean to the city."

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