An old black and white photograph of the original ESPN conference in 1967

800 European Medical Specialists Return to Glasgow to Celebrate Society's 50th birthday

ESPN held its first ever meeting in Glasgow in 1967 and from 6th – 9th September will return to the city to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The European Society for Paediatric Nephrology (ESPN), whose aim is to promote teaching and research for the benefit of children with renal disease, held its first ever meeting in Glasgow in 1967 and from 6th – 9th September will return to the city to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Over 800 delegates will meet at the Scottish Event Campus for a three-day conference consisting of state of the art lectures and technical masterclasses. To coincide with Organ Donation Week, ESPN will work with Organ Transplantation Scotland to run a public engagement event encouraging people to find out more about living donation.

Medical experts as well as local renal patients and their families will be on hand to chat to the public from 12.00 – 16.00 at St Enoch Shopping Centre on Friday 8th September.

ESPN will also host a five-kilometre Fun Run around the city organised by Kidney Research UK.

The return of ESPN to Glasgow highlights the historical medical breakthroughs which have taken place in the city and its continued reputation as a world-leading hub for innovation in the medical and life sciences sector.

In 1917, the first renal (kidney) biopsy was performed on a child with nephrotic syndrome at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children and in 1950, Professor Gavin Arneil established the UK’s first regional referral unit for children with renal disease at this same hospital.

This was one of the first units in Europe. Professor Arneil went on to found ESPN in 1967, representing a true milestone for Paediatric Nephrology in Europe, and I’m looking forward to welcoming him and all ESPN delegates to the city to celebrate the society’s 50th birthday.
Dr Heather Maxwell, Congress President and Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist at the Royal Hospital for Children
Medical and Life Sciences Associations who choose Glasgow as their host city can benefit from the cross-sectoral collaboration between the NHS, academics and research hubs who collectively have maintained the city’s world-leading position in the field of medical research and practice.

It’s not always the case that conference organisers have the opportunity to work directly with those involved in driving innovation within host cities.
Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of the Council
We are delighted to be hosting ESPN on their 50th birthday and looking forward to presenting congress president Dr Heather Maxwell and Professor Arneil with a special cake to commemorate the occasion.

“The engagement across Glasgow has been fantastic, and is a true example of the partnerships working in tandem to create a city-wide initiative. The city is a hub of medical expertise and we are continuing to see conferences of this nature returning to the SEC as a result.
Director of conference sales at the SEC, Kathleen Warden


Notes to Editors

About Glasgow Convention Bureau

Glasgow is one of the world’s leading conference destinations and, today, business tourism contributes significantly to the city’s economy. In the 2016/17 financial year, Glasgow won over 500 new international and UK conferences through to 2023 worth £142 million – the city’s best ever annual return. Glasgow Convention Bureau is the city’s primary point of contact for conference organisers, working with partners on over 100 bids for major UK and international conferences each year.

Glasgow Convention Bureau has been recognised as the UK’s Best Convention Bureau for the past 11 years in a UK-wide poll conducted by the influential industry magazine, M&IT. Since first winning the M&IT title in 2007, Glasgow Convention Bureau has worked with industry, academia, city and national partners to deliver over £1 billion worth of business to Glasgow. That equates to securing more than 3,500 domestic and international conferences, with some 1.3 million conference delegates having spent more than four million nights in the city’s hotels.

For more information contact:

Laura McLean

Communications Manager at Glasgow Life

+44 141 566 0863

+44 7960 989373

[email protected]


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