International activity takes flight at the Valencia Conference Centre
Over half of this year’s conferences are from beyond our borders
When the year began, we told you that the forecasts were optimistic. The Conference Centre team looked at the schedule and was excited to see that things were finally on the up and up once again.
Seven months later, now into the second half of the year, we note - and celebrate - that 2022 is indeed the year of complete recovery of physical events, with a very strong international component.
The first half of the year could not have ended better. The pinnacle came in June and the start of July, during which time four large international conferences were held, most of them lasting for over four days. Four events with a strong economic and social impact, as they brought together distinguished international speakers and several Nobel Laureates, and which were attended by 4,600 people, generating over 16,000 overnight stays in the city.
If we now take a look back over the days we have experienced during the past month, we fix our sights on important milestones for the Conference Centre and the city, which have made Valencia the global epicentre of important scientific advances.
The main challenge of the EMDR Europe Workshop Conference, which brought together professionals in psychiatry and psychology, was to present the achievements around that therapy recognised by the WHO in 2013, not only to the people physically present. The client’s main need was to connect 850 attendees via streaming. Here, we give you all the details of how we achieved it.
And, after that milestone, came another one, with the arrival of the 18th International Conference of the Metabolomics Society. It was the first time that the Metabolomics Society, composed of members from over 40 countries, chose to hold its annual conference in Spain. The audiovisual equipment and the cutting-edge technology of the building, together with the facilities, which offered great versatility in terms of spaces, as well as the catering, which adapted to the needs of all the international attendees, were the main keys to the success of the event.
Immediately after that conference, it was the turn of the EAS 2022- European Astronomical Society Annual Meeting, with 2,000 attendees, including distinguished experts, Nobel Laureates and representatives of international organisations. In addition, the organisation of the conference decided to go beyond simply holding the event, and it left its legacy in the city, contracting a muixeranga with local artists.
And, to cap off all that international activity, the Conference Centre played host to the International Zeolite Congress, which brought together some 600 experts from 40 countries and presented the new technological uses of porous materials related to the production and storage of energy, sustainability and decarbonisation. The organisation also chose Spain for the first time, after having held its most recent editions in Australia (2019) and Brazil (2016).
Now, we can allow ourselves to celebrate good times for the meetings industry in our country, and, with that positive vibe, we look towards the immediate future.