What can Cambridge offer associations?

Q&A with Kelly Vickers, Manager of Conference Cambridge, on past association events and the newly-launched ambassador scheme

Dining at King's College, Cambridge
Dining at King's College, Cambridge

What association events have you hosted?

Conference Cambridge has recently announced a series of successful bids to hold events in Cambridge over the next few years, collectively worth £1.2 million, bringing 2,800 delegates to the city and subsequently a further £5 million to the local economy.

The events include:

  • 16th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics organised by the British Society for Strain Measurement 2014 – 400 delegates for five days;
  • British Association for Psychopharmacology 2014 – 300 delegates for five days;
  • European Finance Association 2013 – 750 delegates for four days;
  • Cambridge University Society for Parasitology 2014 – 350 delegates for four days;
  • European Association for Body Psychotherapists 2012 – 400 delegates for seven days and a major international hi-tech company bringing 600 delegates for three days later in 2012.

All of the events will involve several venues to accommodate the official conference programme and social events. Being able to accommodate these larger events by using multiple venues in a co-ordinated programme means that Cambridge can compete – and succeed – in the national and international event marketplace.

You launched an an ambassador scheme in June. How is it going?

The Cambridge Ambassador Programme was launched at Girton College in June. We’ve had a lot of interest in the programme, but nothing we can talk about yet! Potential ambassadors come from several different sectors, but predominantly medical and scientific.

Have you attracted any association events through the scheme yet? How will it help associations?

It’s very early days – so no, not yet. However, Conference Cambridge’s Ambassador Programme will help associations by firstly providing free practical help and support to highlight Cambridge as a destination, including presentation resources such as images and film footage to optimise delegate attendance.

Secondly, by offering comprehensive assistance with formal proposals, including details of venues, accommodation, travel and ideas for social programmes, as well as letters of support from ministers and local agencies. We also provide fully escorted site visits and hospitality. 

Thirdly, we can help by giving recommendations on sourcing the right professional conference organiser (PCO) to deal with everything from securing sponsorship and event logistics to managing the submission of papers and publication.

Lastly, we can also create opportunities for collaboration between your organisation, Cambridge-based businesses and the Cambridge phenomena.

Do you offer any form of subvention?

Sadly not!

 

For an event planner’s guide to association events in Cambridge, click here.

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