World's largest cardiovascular congress to return to London after 60 years

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has announced today (3 October) that London will host the ESC Congress in 2015 - the first time since 1952.

The event, which usually attracts around 30,000 delegates, will take place at the ExceL London from 29 August to 2 september 2015 and is expected to generate £150 million for the local economy.
 
Talking exclusively to Association Event Planner, Ben Hainsworth, the ESC's director of congresses and meetings division, explained why the ESC is returning to the city after more than 60 years. He said: "I am tempted to say that it was primarily venue capacity but perhaps it was because until recently there was no coordinated drive from London to secure the event.
 
"Record attendance in Paris in 2011 showed that events like ours can actually benefit from being hosted in global mega-cities, somewhat contrary to accepted wisdom that small regional capitals are the only solution. The announcement of London 2015 is a reconfirmation of our global reach. It is the right time, right place: our profiles and ambitions have never been so complimentary. We were attracted by London's new venue and the informed, determined and comprehensive bid from the various partners."
 
The ESC Congress is the world's largest CardioVascular meeting, Europe's largest medical meeting and the world's third largest medical congress.

Tthe event attracted a record 35,000 delegates in Paris in 2011.

Other cities shortlisted were Munich, Stockholm, Barcelona and Vienna.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "It is fantastic news that this eminent international society has chosen our great city. London has an impressive track record in hosting international conventions with excellent facilities and so much for delegates to see and do during their stay.

"Not only this, but these events bring investment and support jobs. Having shown our city off to the world this summer, I am sure we will see many more great instituions like the ESC making London the congress city of choice."

Professor Kim Fox, Past President of the ESC and Head of the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London, added: "This congress is not a one off. If it is successful, which I’m sure it will be, it will happen again in London."

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
London calling: A look at what's new and forthcoming in the capital

London calling: A look at what's new and forthcoming in the capital

Hotels, venues and activities that should be on your radar for future London-based events.

Double acquisition for Gray Dawes Group

Double acquisition for Gray Dawes Group

Acquisitions include INC. Travel Group's corporate and marine businesses and the purchase of VIP Leisure Travel Ltd.

Love is in the air for one in seven event attendees, report claims

Love is in the air for one in seven event attendees, report claims

Research by Cvent and Edelman Intelligence finds 14% have met a significant other at a B2B event.

The advantages of being a second tier city

The advantages of being a second tier city

There are benefits to not being the capital, says Bas Schot, head of congresses and events at the Hague Convention Bureau.

What to do if a disgruntled event attendee threatens legal action

What to do if a disgruntled event attendee threatens legal action

Keystone Law's James O'Flinn discusses your options and how to prevent this happening in the first place.

Speakers announced for C&IT Northern Forum

Speakers announced for C&IT Northern Forum

New event takes place between 25-26 April at ACC Liverpool, with inspiring sessions from industry leaders.

Why personalisation is the key to measuring an event's success

Why personalisation is the key to measuring an event's success

Mike Leeson, general manager Europe at ETM, explains why ROE may be a better measurement than ROI.

Oman to welcome IGRC in 2020

Oman to welcome IGRC in 2020

Sultanate to host the International Gas Union's 16th International Gas Research Conference at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Events company faces legal action from makers of video game Fortnite

Events company faces legal action from makers of video game Fortnite

Epic Games issues claim against Exciting Events after widely criticised event in Norwich.

Diary of a delegate: Beautiful Bergen

Diary of a delegate: Beautiful Bergen

A three-day account of the C&IT A-List FAM trip, in partnership with Visit Norway.

LATEST JOBS