Destination Guide: Scotland

Venue Overview: AECC - Aberdeen

Why is Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) a good choice for association events?

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) hosts more than 300 events, and 300,000 visitors, a year.

The AECC is located next to the Royal Aberdeen Golf Course and overlooks the spectacular North Sea and the Aberdeen Science and Technology Park, home to oil, gas and renewable energy R&D facilities.

With in-house services including catering, event management and marketing, the AECC will help make your conference a success.

Access

The AECC occupies a prominent position, with superb access to Aberdeen and to some of Scotland's finest scenery and heritage. Aberdeen enjoys excellent road, rail and air links. The AECC is located on the main road into Aberdeen from the north, and the city centre is within easy reach.

The AECC is 7.4 miles from Aberdeen International Airport, which has the greatest connectivity of the UK's regional airports.

The AECC has also teamed up with Scotrail to offer delegates a 20 per cent discount on rail travel, including the sleeper service to London.

Meeting space

The AECC has Plenary Room capacity for up to 2,000 delegates, plus 7,500m2 of purpose-built exhibition space, two 700-capacity multipurpose suites, a 440-capacity auditorium, a conference room for 240 and 20 break-out rooms suitable for 10-150 people.

In addition, many of the centre's meeting rooms feature natural daylight and great views. The centre's Northern Light Tower offers the highest viewing point in the city and is a great location for drinks receptions.

The largest event hosted here is the biennial Offshore Europe, the largest oil and gas production event in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Technical facilities

The AECC has an in-house AV/IT team, providing a quality and cost-effective choice to fulfil any requirements. Based on-site, the team has in-depth knowledge of the venue and the latest technologies, giving clients peace of mind. The AECC also welcomes external contractors.

All meeting rooms include an LCD projector, screen and flip-chart, and the larger suites have PA systems.

Technologies offered include: live video streaming of events; incorporation of real-time Q&A sessions with an online audience; multi-room coverage; live voting; DVDs/CDs, podcasts and e-posters.

Catering

All catering is prepared in-house and on-site, using the best local produce including Scottish salmon and Aberdeen Angus beef.

Menus are developed with each client and can be tailored to suit taste, budgets and themes. This guarantees the highest quality and means the catering team can respond quickly to any last-minute changes.

Few other UK conference and exhibition centres offer this flexibility. The centre is also the first in Scotland to have received a Healthy Living Award.

Nearby accommodation

There are two hotels adjacent to the centre (offering 258 bedrooms), plus a further 5,500 bedrooms in the city. The venue works closely with a large range of accommodation providers to achieve competitive rates, averaging from £125 for a bed-and-breakfast to £145 for 4-star hotels.

Major hotel chains in the city include: Malmaison, Thistle Hotels, Hilton, Marriott, Park Inn, Mercure, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Millennium and Jury's Inn.

Association events

Past

World Conference on Marine Biodiversity 2011: 1,000 delegates

World Heavy Oil Congress 2012: 600 delegates

European Optical Society 2012:

500 delegates

Present

Digital Engagement: All Hands Conference & Exhibition: 300 delegates (October 2012)

Society of Petroleum Engineers Conference & Exhibition: 300 delegates (November 2012)

Future

The 17th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms 2013

GUT Microbiology 2014

Deep Offshore Technology 2014

Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons Annual Conference and Exhibition 2014

Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists 2015

STATISTICS
9: UK ICCA ranking (equal with Leeds)
2,000: The largest number of delegates that can be accommodated for
theatre-style conferences
1,500: The largest number that can be accommodated for a cocktail
reception or dinner dance

DIRECTORY
AECC
Steven Daun, sales executive - associations
+00 (0) 1224 330413
sdaun@aecc.co.uk
aecc.co.uk
@aecc_aberdeen

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