The Forum, one of Europe’s largest investments of 2012 in the events market, is designed to rejuvinate the South-West as a conference destination.
The £48m capital investment programme, funded by the University of Exeter, bought together technology, sustainability measures and quality catering, resulting in a facility with accommodation for up to 1,200 delegates.
The Forum includes a 400 capacity auditorium, 12 seminar rooms - with capacity of 25 rooms using a flexible walling system - and two technologically equipped Exploration Laboratories. The Forum also boasts large networking areas, with the Street area accommodating up to 40 exhibition stands and a contemporary landscaped outdoor piazza.
Deborah Meaden, who holds an honorary degree from the University of Exeter Business School, said, "The Forum is an important addition to the University of Exeter. Not just in terms of what it offers students but the wider opportunities it affords by drawing high yielding business events to the local area. This new facility underlines the University’s drive in being the best in the world for education and knowledge."
Sarah Snow, assistant director Campus Services (sales & events), University of Exeter, added: "The University of Exeter is recognised as one of the great beacons of learning and we are delighted that we can bring this to the corporate market with the development of the Forum. We have built a facility that is at the forefront of technology, facilitating exploratory learning for delegates."
The Forum was opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 2 May 2012.