London’s QEII Centre has helped the city to win a bid to bring the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) Congress 2019 back to England for the first time since 1975.
The biennial event, which will be the IPA’s 51st Congress, will take place from 24-27 July 2019, bringing more than 2,000 international delegates to London.
The IPA Congress organisers first approached London & Partners to enquire about potential venues for the event, and QEII was subsequently put forward to host all of the panel sessions and discussion groups throughout the three-day event, with neighbouring Central Hall Westminster hosting the opening and closing ceremonies.
London was part of a four-way bid against Lisbon, Seville and Brussels, but was chosen because the QEII offered an interesting venue with a fabulous location that IPA believe could attract more delegates than usual.
Karina Gutierrez, events manager for the IPA Congress said: “The IPA has just moved to new headquarters in London and 2019 will be an opportunity to welcome our members and candidates to this wonderful city. The Biennial Congress is a very important scientific event that brings together people from all over the world, providing an opportunity to share scientific ideas and to strengthen old and new friendships. The QEII and surrounding venues offer an optimal atmosphere for creating those memorable exchanges that are such a part of our history and culture.
“The London Congress theme will be announced later this year at our July congress in Buenos Aires. The programme will consist of a number of special activities, scientific sessions and workshops and we will be inviting prominent analysts as our keynote speakers.”
The Congress will be a full centre takeover of QEII, utilising its recently refurbished flexible events spaces, with the Mountbatten on the Centre’s sixth floor used for the main conference sessions with views overlooking the London city skyline.
Sue Etherington, head of international sales and industry relations at QEII, added: “The IPA 51st Congress is a prestigious event for QEII to win. The IPA has not met in London since 1975, but with the Association being founded by Sigmund Freud and Freud finding refuge in London in 1938, there is a special significance for psychoanalysts in returning to our capital. The Congress is of huge value to London commercially, with 3-4 days of congress and up to 2,000 International delegates attending we estimate it will contribute more than £5.1 million to the economy. QEII is delighted to have been central to this successful London bid.”