2 May

Olympic association event wins for The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

The Queen Elizabeth II Centre (QEIICC) is not only the home of CASA Italia during the London Olympics games but also the chosen venue for two recent association events with links to the Olympics and Paralympics.

The Biomedical Basis of Elite Performance meeting , a three day International scientific conference and exhibition held at the Centre in March, focused on basic and applied scientific and medical issues of direct relevance to athletic performance – a topic that has been actively discussed since the 14th Summer Olympics in 1948, when Britain last hosted the games.

Over the intervening 64 years advancing sporting performance can be directly attributable to scientific advances in our understanding of the physiological basis of human exercise metabolism, adaptation and performance.

Another new client, The International Spine Cord Society (ISCoS), arose out of the paraplegic games at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, now known as the Paralympics.
These are just two out of five recent international and national association event wins for 2012 that will bring a total of over 11,000 delegates to the Centre.

Sue Etherington, Commercial Director, The QEIICC said: “The association market has always been very important to us. For two of our new clients to have connections with the Olympics and Paralympics only enhances our excitement to host events both during and after the London games. With the vast majority of our association events returning year on year, we pride ourselves on our ability to work with associations and help them create their perfect event no matter what the occasion. The team has worked hard to secure these new events in a very competitive marketplace.”

The events are:

• The Biomedical Basis of Elite Performance 2012 (19-21st March 2012)
The joint meeting between The Physiological Society, the British Pharmacological Society and Wiley-Blackwell. A three day International scientific conference and exhibition for approximately 400 delegates.
BAOMS Annual Scientific Meeting 2012 (20th – 22nd June 2012)
The annual meeting of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. A three day medical conference and exhibition for approximately 500 delegates
• ISCoS Annual Scientific Meeting 2012 (3rd -5th September 2012)
The annual meeting of the International Spine Cord Society organised by Kenes UK. A three day conference and exhibition for approximately 700 delegates
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• Euromembrane 2012 (24th – 27th September 2012)
A four day international conference and exhibition organised by the European Membrane Society and Imperial College London, administered by Elsevier for approximately 650 delegates.
• World Sports Trauma Congress (WSTC 2012) (17th – 20th October 2012)
A four day international conference and exhibition for approximately 1000 delegates. Organised by BOSTAA (the British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma and Arthroscopy Association) and the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedic Sports Traumatology (EFOST).

Christine Carr, Events and Marketing Manager, The Physiological Society said: “Our event is the culmination of over two years preparation and will, over three days of extraordinary science, showcase world-leading sport and exercise-related medicine, physiology and pharmacology. We chose The QEIICC because it was the ideal location and venue for such an elite conference and The QEIICC came highly recommended from colleagues within the industry.

“With 2012 bringing a major international focus on exercise, sports and the UK our three-day international conference will bring together leading premier sports medicine and science researchers to discuss recent developments in cardiac, respiratory and vascular aspects of performance, drugs in sport, neuromuscular function, muscle phenotype and mass regulation, exercise metabolism, thermoregulation, genomics and exercise and sport and exercise medicine.”

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