Major international medical conference win for ACC Liverpool

A major international medical conference is set to take place in Liverpool for the first time.

ACC Liverpool will host the 42nd European Cystic Fibrosis Conference in June 2019; a meeting for more than 3,000 scientific and clinical professionals from all over the world.

The European Cystic Fibrosis Society is an international community of scientific and clinical professionals committed to improving survival and quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis by promoting high quality research, education and care.

Professor Kevin Southern, Professor of Child Health at University of Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, helped bring the event to Liverpool.

He said: “Liverpool is world-renowned for its well established clinics and its health professionals who provide care for children and adults with cystic fibrosis.  Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital provide high quality care and research that directly impacts on people with cystic fibrosis in the UK and globally.

“We have spent many years, working closely with the destination and with ACC Liverpool, to bring this major event to the city.  We are proud to host the conference which will help towards the society’s long-term aim to improve the outlook for people with this condition, not just in the UK but globally.”

This will be only the fourth time the event has been held in the England.  The founding meeting of the European Working Group for Cystic Fibrosis was held in Cambridge in 1969, followed by the second conference in London in 1971 and Birmingham in 2004.  Liverpool 2019 was announced at the 41st CF conference held in Belgrade, Serbia, from June 6 – 9.

The latest confirmation comes just weeks after ACC Liverpool secured international conferences over the next two years which will generate a total of £15 million in economic impact.

Recent wins include the International Orthoptic Association and the Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE).  Later this week the venue will host the Uni Global Union World Congress and Health Systems Research in October.

Adrian Evans, assistant director – conference and exhibition sales at ACC Liverpool, said: “Liverpool is continuously evolving and developing as a destination which appeals to event organisers who appreciate the city’s location, attractions and heritage.  This, together with our venue facilities, provides an attractive conference package for delegates and helps to attract large international congresses.  We look forward to hosting this prestigious event.”

Meanwhile ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and Exhibition Centre Liverpool, this year celebrates a decade since it opened its doors.  This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the city’s reign as European Capital of Culture and ACC Liverpool is at the heart of a city wide programme of exciting, inspirational and thought-provoking projects.  Although inspired by the huge success of 2008, Liverpool 2018 is focused on the renaissance which has transformed the region over the past decade and will continue into the future, strengthening the appeal of the destination to event organisers.

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