Professor Cherry Wainwright

Aberdeen’s aim to widen its appeal beyond the energy sector was given a major boost when two of its leading academics secured a major life sciences conference for the city.

In September Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) will host the International Conference on the Mechanism of Action of Nutraceuticals (ICMAN) and the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) Natural Products Section joint conference.

Heading to the city from 27-29 September 2017, this international life sciences conference is expected to attract more than 500 delegates to the region over the three day event.

It was brought to the city by The Robert Gordon University’s Professor Cherry Wainwright and Aberdeen University’s Professor Baukje de Roos who will co-chair the conference.

RGU’s Professor Cherry Wainwright, conference co-chair, said: “I’m proud to be working with IUPHAR and ICMAN to host this significant international event in Aberdeen. Myself and the organisers look forward to welcoming delegates from around the world to the city; showcasing the quality and breadth of the research and expertise we have here in Aberdeen.”

At the end of last year Aberdeen revealed plans to broaden its reputation beyond the oil and gas industries by expanding its ambassador programme. The aim was to counter the effect of the fall in oil prices on the business events industry. The Aberdeen Ambassador Network said it was actively looking for new ambassadors to help showcase the region’s variety of industry sectors.

The College of Life Sciences and Medicine is one of three academic colleges at the University of Aberdeen. It consists of four schools plus the graduate school.

Notable speakers are lined up for the conference, including: Professor Raymond Andersen of the University of British Columbia, Canada, who will present a lecture entitled ‘Sponging off Nature for New Drug Leads’ and Dr Charis Galanakis, of Galanakis Laboratries, Greece, who will present on the topic of ‘Nutraceuticals Retrieved from Food Processing Waste’.

Steven Daun, Associations sales manager at AECC, said: “It is great to be welcoming this prestigious conference to the city.  This event displays the strong teamwork in place in Aberdeen, with the venue working closely with both of the city’s universities and showcasing the fantastic knowledge and work which takes place here.”