Four day science gathering set to generate millions for Edinburgh

Published: 31 July 2015

Hundreds of the world’s leading scientific brains are set to descend on Edinburgh this week to attend a high profile global conference, the 42nd Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Controlled Release Society (CRS).

The four day Annual Meeting will see around 1,425 delegates from more than 52 countries visit Scotland’s capital, generating over £3million for the local economy.  

From initially leading the successful bid win back in 2012, Convention Edinburgh, supported by its members and match funding from the VisitScotland Bid Support Fund, played an integral and ongoing part in assisting the CRS prepare for the biggest event in its annual calendar. 

Taking place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), the CRS Annual Meeting is one of the sectors leading global events. Attended by a mix of high-profile academics, scientists, engineers, clinicians and technical professionals, the Annual Meeting is a crucial opportunity to share a breadth of scientific knowledge covering new technologies and science in the multi-disciplinary delivery field.

Lesley Williams, Head of Business Tourism at Convention Edinburgh said:

We’re delighted to welcome CRS and their delegates to Edinburgh for the first time. Hosting high-profile global events of this calibre, not only raises the city’s profile on the international stage, but brings widespread benefits direct to Edinburgh businesses. 

1,425 delegates staying in Edinburgh for four nights generates hundreds of thousands of pounds for local hotels, venue and their suppliers.  But, the city’s visitor attractions, restaurants, shops, taxis and trams also benefit as delegates enjoy a memorable experience in the city.  It’s a win-win scenario.”

Art Tipton, President, Controlled Release Society said:

As the premier society in delivery science, we are thrilled to be bringing the CRS Annual Meeting to Edinburgh. This is a city with a world-wide reputation for its medical research and innovation. Add to the mix the high calibre of large-scale venues and accommodation options available, plus the stunning cityscape, it has proven to be a hugely popular host city choice with our members. Over the next few days we will be talking about improving human health and welfare through the controlled delivery of drugs, nutraceuticals, flavours, fragrances, and other functional ingredients." 

Marshall Dallas, Chief Executive, at Edinburgh International Conference Centre, said:

We are thrilled to welcome delegates of the Controlled Release Society Annual Meeting to the EICC this week.  International conferences of this scale bring great benefit to the whole city and it is anticipated that the Controlled Release Society’s conference, which has brought 1,425 delegates from 52 counties, will generate in excess of £3m in economic impact.  Attracting events such as this to Edinburgh takes a great degree of collaboration from partners across the city, and they can take several years to plan, so there is always a sense of pride when we see the event taking place.”

Neil Brownlee, Head of Business Events at VisitScotland, said:

This event is excellent news for the city. Edinburgh boasts such a rich history in medical and medicinal research and academic achievement, so this is a natural fit for the CRS Annual Meeting. We’re delighted to support this prestigious event and I’m sure the delegates will have a wonderful time exploring Scotland’s capital.”

2014/15 was a record year for Convention Edinburgh, which saw the city move up nine places to 31 in the ICCA World City Ranking. The only UK city outside London to appear in the top 50.  

Working with its members, the organisation secured 208 new conference bid wins for the city, expected to attract over 65,000 delegates and create an estimated £91.5m to the local economy.