International Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (IHIW)
Conference and Workshops
This prestigious conference and workshop event attracted 900 leading clinical scientists, medics, academics and researchers from all over the world.
The Joint Conference comprised the 16th International HLA and Immunogenetics Workshop Report Conference, the 26th European Immunogenetics and Histocompatibility Conference, and the 23rd British Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Conference.
The event attracted international delegates from all over the world including China, Australia, Kazakhstan, Argentina, USA and United Arab Emirates.
Delegates consisted of clinical scientists, medics, academics and researchers.
The workshop ran for the first three days of the tenancy and used most of the smaller rooms within ACC Liverpool. Catering was provided on the mezzanine level of the venue which included a permanent coffee station and cash catering for lunches.
The conference element of the event began with a welcome reception at St George’s Hall in Liverpool city centre. Within ACC Liverpool the conference took place in Hall 1 (split in three). Another hall featured an exhibition with 25 equipment and service provider exhibitors. Some of the smaller rooms were used for speaker previews, sponsors’ presentations and committee meetings.
Delegates stayed in a total of nine hotels in the city centre which were all within walking distance of ACC Liverpool.
As well as a welcome reception at St George’s Hall, the conference social programme included a dinner at Aintree Racecourse. The workshop social programme consisted of a welcome reception at Merseyside Maritime Museum and Liverpool bar Alma de Cuba.
There were various committee dinners held around the city at venues including The Restaurant Bar and Grill, The London Carriage Works and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill.
A tour to the Lake District was provided for 90 workshop attendees on the day in between the workshop and conference.
As event organiser Vicki Grant, conference manager at Meeting Makers, said: “As it was Olympic year, the two conference chairs, who are from Liverpool and London, decided that Liverpool would be a better option. The venue was a better fit for the conference than other venues further south and the proximity of hotels and social events appealed. As the dates backed onto the Diamond Jubilee celebrations it was a sensible choice.
“The delegates seemed to really enjoy the workshop, conference and social events.”
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