Edinburgh Ambassador Programme Turns 20!

Last year Convention Edinburgh’s Edinburgh Ambassador Programme celebrated 20 years. A great achievement for a programme which supports leading academics and professionals to bid and host their association's conference in Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Ambassador Programme is a great asset to the City of Edinburgh. Having a network of like-minded people willing to share their experiences in the world of conferencing has been a tremendous support.”

Edinburgh Ambassador, Prof. Martin Tangney from Edinburgh Napier University

It's been an amazing 20 years

Working together, the Edinburgh Ambassador Programme, Convention Edinburgh and its members have worked tirelessly to generate an impressive £900 million for the local economy, bringing 528,605 delegates to 1,348 events in Edinburgh. 

We could not have achieved this success without the commitment and enthusiasm of our team of over 500 Edinburgh Ambassadors who share a wealth of knowledge and a passion for Scotland’s capital.

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We celebrated in style!

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At our annual ambassador dinner in September we hosted the inaugural ambassador awards at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre  to recognise the contribution of just a few of those influential ambassadors over the 20 years.

Winners on the night included:

  • VisitScotland, #ScotSpirit Award - Jessie Kennedy, Dean of Research & Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University
  • In Conference Ltd, Rising Star Award - Richard Reardon, Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary School 
  • EICC, Conference Legacy Award - Rehabilitation International Congress 2016
  • Convention Edinburgh, Ambassador of the Year Award - James Garden

Guests were also treated to a special menu from Leith's Caterers and Chef Tom Kitchin, who made a special appearance to congratulate all the ambassadors!

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20 years and we're in good company!

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Edinburgh Ambassador Programme was not the only one turning 20 in 2016. Take a look at some of our city partners that also celebrated this year:

Dolly the Sheep

The world's first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell also celebrated its 20th birthday in 2016. Edinburgh Ambassador Ian Wilmut was part of this group of researchers at Roslin Institute that helped to bring the famous project to life. Dolly lived at Roslin Institute until her death when she was six years old. However both Dolly and this research have lived on to celebrate 20 years and today people can catch a glimpse of the famous lady at the National Museum of Scotland.   


2016 was the 20th anniversary of the release of the iconic film Trainspotting. Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh and inspired by his experiences in Edinburgh in 1980, it proved to be a huge hit and certainly showed Edinburgh in a different light. The sequel will be released in January 2017 – T2 Trainspotting. Find out more about Trainspotting on the Film Edinburgh website.

Apex Hotel Group

The first Apex Hotel opened its doors in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket in 1996. Today the hotel group, founded by Norman Springford, has nine hotels across the UK with four of them right here in Edinburgh -  the Apex City of EdinburghApex HaymarketApex Waterloo Place and Apex Grassmarket. 20 years on and the hotel group is still going strong.

Maggie's Centre

This UK charity was launched in Edinburgh in 1996 and was founded by Maggie Jencks who lived with advanced cancer for two years. Maggie has envisioned the centre as a place where people could be helped to cope with the disease and have to opportunity to meet with other people in similar circumstances in a relaxed domestic atmosphere. 20 years on and Maggie’s vision still continues to grow with 19 centres across the UK, online and abroad. You can find out more about the charity on the Maggie’s Centres website

We're always looking for local experts to join the Ambassador Programme. Find out how you can get involved>


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