Manchester wins bid to stage international illumination congress

The International Commission on Illumination has chosen Manchester as the destination for its 2015 congress this summer.

University Place, University of Manchester (© Mike Peel)
University Place, University of Manchester (© Mike Peel)

The event, from 28 June to 4 July, will welcome more than 500 international scientists to the city, bringing an estimated economic benefit of £1.1m.

It will take place within The University of Manchester's dedicated conference venue, University Place.

The International Commission on Illumination - also known as the CIE from its French title, the Commission Internationale de l´Eclairage - is devoted to all matters relating to the science and art of light and lighting, colour and vision, photobiology and image technology.

Held every four years, the quadrennial conference has taken place at destinations around the globe – most recently in Sun City, South Africa in 2011, Beijing in 2007 and San Diego in 2003.

This year's event coincides with the United Nations’ International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) which aims to raise awareness about how light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science – be it in medicine, communication, cultural or economic aspects of the global society.

The original bid was submitted at the conference in Sun City, South Africa in 2011 and was supported by Marketing Manchester and The University of Manchester’s conference office.

Professor Ann Webb, associate dean at The University of Manchester, current president of CIE and Manchester Conference Ambassador, said: "Manchester’s bid was a case-study in collaboration. With assistance from Marketing Manchester and The University of Manchester Conferences & Venues, CIE-UK produced a compelling and professional bid which positioned Manchester as the ideal city to host the conference.

"Our bid gained overwhelming support, and I am very proud to announce that the next Session of CIE will be in my home city of Manchester. We look forward to welcoming anyone with an interest in light and lighting, from backgrounds in art or science, to come together and discuss their interests with like-minded people from around the globe."

Scientific meetings look set to play a significant role in Manchester over the next two years, and the city currently holds the title of ‘European City of Science’ in preparation for 2016’s EuroScience Open Forum – the largest general science symposium in Europe.

Nick Brooks-Sykes, director of tourism at Marketing Manchester, added: "This is a great example of the power of establishing long-term partnerships in order to secure valuable international conferences for Manchester.

"This summer’s event will be the culmination of over seven years work in supporting CIE-UK and we look forward to welcoming scientists from around the world during the UN’s International Year of Light. This is a further high profile recognition and endorsement for Manchester’s appeal as the UK’s natural home for conferences with a science focus."

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