London will welcome 12,000 medical specialists from around the world in 2017, as host city for the European Association of Urology annual congress.
Combined with the European Association of Urology Exhibition, the five-day event at venue ExCeL London is expected to bring in an estimated £41.7m of economic benefit to the capital.
It is the latest major medical event win for London, testament to its reputation as a life sciences centre of expertise. The launch of MedCity in 2014, a collaboration between the Mayor of London and the capital’s leading research and healthcare centres, has been instrumental in increasing life sciences knowledge-sharing, investment, commercialisation and entrepreneurship in the London-Cambridge-Oxford golden triangle. The latest development will see the opening of the Francis Crick Institute this year, a biomedical discovery institute and a consortium of six of the UK’s most successful scientific and academic organisations.
Becky Graveney, Head of Associations at London & Partners, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the European Association of Urology for what is set to be a leading scientific conference. London has proved time and time again that it knows how to deliver a great event and, with the city being one of the world’s leading centres for life sciences, it is no surprise that an increasing number of high-profile medical associations choose London to host their congresses.”
Last year, the city played host to the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) congress, the European Association of Periodontology congress (EuroPerio), which attracted 25 per cent more delegates than the association’s previous event, and the European Society of Cardiology congress, which broke all previous attendance records.
Upcoming medical events scheduled to take place in London this year include the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) congress in June and the European Respiratory Society congress in September.
Professor Christopher Chapple, Secretary General of the European Association of Urology and Honorary Professor of Urology at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, added: “London is a great city to host our next Annual Congress, EAU17. It’s vibrant, modern and yet historical at the same time. With ExCeL London as the venue for this meeting, we are working to deliver a comprehensive, cutting-edge congress that will gather over 12,000 Urologists from all over the world.”