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Testimonials & Memories from our Ambassadors

Attracting academic conferences to Glasgow is vital to enhance both the global reputation of the University of Strathclyde as well the research community at large. Glasgow Convention Bureau were truly amazing in the support they provided to the British Neuroscience Association when organising the FENS Forum in Glasgow.
Dr Trevor Bushell
40% of conferences held in Glasgow over the last 5 years have been in the field of Life Sciences. I am proud of this contribution from the team at the University of Glasgow College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences to host major medical meetings in Glasgow.
Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak
Glasgow Convention Bureau helped bring more than 4,000 paediatric gastroenterologists from 100 countries to Glasgow for the 2019 ESPGHAN Society meeting. I’ll never forget whisky and ceilidh with our European colleagues, the splendour of the Kelvingrove President’s Dinner, or opening the event on electric guitar from a shipping crane!
Dr Richard Hansen, Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow
Delighted to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Glasgow Conference Ambassador Programme. I have had the good fortune to be involved with the programme from its inception, having just organised the IEEE International Conference on Signal Processing (IEEE ICASSP-89), in May 1989, that attracted some 1500 delegates from over 80 countries. This being the start of the association of Glasgow with the IEEE, which has sponsored numerous conferences in Glasgow; so much so that Glasgow has now been named as an IEEE City. Indeed, to commemorate the 30-year alliance, Glasgow Convention Bureau designed a special IEEE Tartan.
The Glasgow Ambassadors have been extremely successful in attracting conferences to Glasgow. Their success has been materially due to the support provided by Glasgow Convention Bureau, ranging from putting together the bid documentation which has been the envy of conference organisers the world over, to advice and guidance, assistance with local arrangements, special deals with local hotels, to entertaining delegates during the Conference in Glasgow City Chambers.
Attracting conferences to Glasgow has also been a boon to the Ambassadors in terms of their career progression, establishing international reputations and recognition by their peers, and much more.
Professor Tariq Durrani
During this 30th anniversary year of the Glasgow Conference Ambassador Programme, I was delighted to lead the winning bid from the University of Strathclyde to host the IEEE Wireless Communication Networking Conference in Glasgow in 2023. 'IEEE WCNC is the world’s premier wireless networking event, bringing together industry professionals, academics, and individuals from government agencies and other institutions to exchange information and ideas on the advancement of wireless communications and networking technology. Glasgow is in good company, as past host cities include San Francisco and Barcelona. The 700 delegates we anticipate will attend the conference will deliver £1m to the local economy from delegate spend.
Dr James Irvine
The 7th World Flower Show 2002 was held across 5 halls & 2 theatres of the Scottish Event Campus, and
was the largest flower arranging competition held by WAFA. With members from 30 countries (5 continents) and an attendance of 32,000.
Moira MacFarlane, President - World Association of Flower Arrangers (1999 - 2002)
I was so proud to host the 27th International Nuclear Physics Conference (INPC 2019) in Glasgow last summer. Held every three years, INPC is the largest conference in the world for fundamental nuclear physics, and is overseen by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). A new strand of the programme in Glasgow was outreach and engagement, with a session dedicated to the topic. Nuclear physics often struggles with its public image, and in Glasgow, researchers shared their experiences with publicising positive aspects, such as nuclear medicine, as well as educational activities in schools and citizen science projects. The feeling from these discussions was that outreach yields results, and is good fun. The fun continued for the attendees with a great conference dinner at Merchant Square, where the delegates enjoyed our renowned Scottish hospitality, dancing and our National drink. Attracting academic conferences to Glasgow is vital to enhance both the global reputation of the University of Glasgow as well the Nuclear and Hadron Physics research group and the Scottish research community at large. Glasgow Convention Bureau were instrumental in securing the conference and ensuring the successful delivery that led to such positive feedback from the attendees.
Professor Dave Ireland
Glasgow Convention Bureau helped to ensure the 2018 British Elbow & Shoulder Society conference, held at the Scottish Event Campus was a huge success. It was a career highlight to welcome over 500 shoulder and elbow colleagues to my home city!
Dr Paul Jenkins
In response to the increasingly international growth of the study of Scotland and its literatures, the University of Glasgow hosted the first World Congress of Scottish Literatures in July 2014. The Congress also launched the International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures, a charity which exists to promote the teaching and study of Scottish literatures in tertiary education worldwide. The Congress, which ran for four days in July 2014, was attended by hundreds of researchers of Scottish literatures from every continent but Antarctica. The support of the Bureau’s staff was invaluable, and the organisers received many positive comments on how closely the city and the university worked together. From this basis, IASSL has gone from strength to strength, growing its membership and international reach.
Dr Rhona Brown
Many thanks Glasgow Convention Bureau for all your help making our meetings such a success over the years! Great memories of the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute meetings in Glasgow - they're always a highlight, a chance to showcase our work, learn new things and attract more talented cancer researchers to the city.
Professor Owen Samson
The team at Glasgow Convention Bureau made the International Association People-Environment Studies Conference in 2012 a memorable event: thanks to your positive attitude, your engagement and ideas, us organisers and all our guests had a truly positive experience. When the delegates left they had Glasgow in their heart, and they still talk fondly of our wonderful city and that week.
We now look forward to working with you again for the International Seminar on Urban Form in June 2021. Thank you all, keep up your fantastic work!
Dr Ombretta Romice
It has been a pleasure to work with the Glasgow Convention Bureau to develop conference bids. I am in awe of their professionalism and strong commitment to the City of Glasgow. Truly amazing and professional support!
Professor Rohinton Emmanuel
Many fond memories of the 14th International Symposium on Hepatitis C Virus in 2007. Delegates still remember the social activities that fostered scientific interactions to build new ideas for research into the virus. One renowned attendee became a Nobel prize winner this year!
Professor John McLauchlan
The 2002 International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions brought together 4300 librarians from 131 countries at the SEC Armadillo for 68th Annual meet after Tokyo and Boston. Lots of support from the city with a welcome poem from Laureate Edwin Morgan, the first ever mobile meet of 39 vans from 6 countries, Lord Provosts Reception, RSAMD Concert and 300 papers!
Professor Derek Law
We have hosted several National and International courses and meetings over the past 12 years including the Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery UK annual meeting. We have also had many International and National experts share their experience at these meetings. This has not only added to advancement of science but also helped in patient care, which is at the very heart of our conferences and meetings.
Kamal Deep
In 1999 we held the first French Comics Conference in Glasgow with support from what is now the Conference Ambassador Programme. 21 years on the Society that was founded is going strong, and Glasgow is considered a ground breaker worldwide. Huge thanks!
Professor Laurence Grove
My first time to Glasgow was in 2017 to participate in ICMI 2017. The conference was supported by the Glasgow Convention Bureau. During my visit, I was impressed by Glasgow, its people, the University of Glasgow, and the GIST research section, which I am now part of. So when I saw that the University of Glasgow was advertising for a lectureship post in December 2017 I applied, and here I am now living and working in Glasgow and I still love it.
Dr Mohamed Khamis
The Political Studies Association’s 67th Annual Conference was ambitious in terms of attendance, scale, content, public engagement and impact and epitomised the energy and vision of the convenor.
The Conference went so well we were shortlisted for Best Business Event at the 2018 Scottish Thistle Awards.
Dr Mark Shephard
Glasgow hosted a highly successful inaugural European Stroke Organisation (ESO) conference in 2015, led by Prof Ken Lees. It coincided with some lovely April sunshine and many delegates were delighted by the free bike hire which they used to explore the river and the city.
Professor Peter Langhorne
Glasgow was a fantastic place to hold our Second Supergen ORE Hub Annual Assembly in 2019. Together with the University of Strathclyde and Technology and Innovation Centre, the conference welcomed over 215 delegates from academia, industry, policy and the public. These delegates had the chance to debate and explore the latest challenges, opportunities and research within offshore wind, wave and tidal energy.
Professor Feargal Brennan
I have been hosting Science Fiction Conventions in Glasgow since 1985, from small local events of a few hundred, through national events for 800-1000 to international conventions of 4-5000. Satellite 7 in 2021 will be the 11th convention I have organised in the city with another international convention in planning for 2024. The Conference Ambassador Programme and the Glasgow Convention Bureau have made a vital contribution to the success of these conventions through the years.
Mark Meenan
It’s been a pleasure working with the excellent staff from the Glasgow Convention Bureau during the organisation of conferences large and small – including the 1000 delegate International Conference on Nitride Semiconductors held at the SECC in a balmy July in 2011 and the 100 delegate UK Nitrides Consortium Meeting in January 2019 at the Technology and Innovation Centre on George Street. Both were highly successful and drew many compliments from those attending, helped by having a Bureau committed to showing off the best of Glasgow and giving visitors an enjoyable and fruitful experience.
Professor Robert Martin
The Civic Receptions at the Glasgow City Chambers are always world class. The splendour of the building is always matched by the grace of the convenors. The city itself, always leaves a warm impression on international guests. I don’t think I’ve met one who hasn’t wanted to haste themselves back.
Professor Matthew Smith
During the 2018 Young Atom Optician conference Nobel Laureate William D. Phillips gave a great public outreach lecture at the Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium!
Dr Araceli Venegas-Gomez
The Glasgow Convention Bureau helped us with our EuroPACT conference which took place in Glasgow in 2011. They arranged an on-line booking service for accommodation and also helped us organise a Civic Reception which was held at Glasgow City Chambers, and was an excellent way to begin the social and networking activities of our conference.

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