ICC (International Convention Centre) Belfast has announced today
it will host the Microbiology Society Annual Conference from 8 to 11
April 2019.

More than 1,600 delegates from all over
the globe will visit the city over four days, generating an estimated
economic boost of over £1.95million for Belfast.
The Society’s Annual Conference attracts attendees for the largest annual gathering of microbiologists in the UK and Ireland.

Executive of the Microbiology Society, Dr Peter Cotgreave, said: “The
Microbiology Society prides itself on being a welcoming organisation,
and we are looking forward to welcoming delegates from the around the
world to Belfast.  We can’t see them but microbes are everywhere, and
affect almost all aspects of our lives.  By bringing together thousands
of microbiologists in one place for a festival of knowledge-sharing, we
can make an impact on urgent problems like new and emerging diseases
through to long-term issues like antimicrobial drug resistance and food
security. We can answer very big questions by studying very small
The Annual Conference is designed to
cover the breadth of microbiology research and its comprehensive
scientific programme has over 30 sessions taking place.
Executive of ICC Belfast | Waterfront Hall | Ulster Hall, Catherine
Toolan, commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to see another fantastic
international conference coming to Northern Ireland, and to ICC Belfast
in particular. We are truly firming up our spot on the world stage as a
first-class, dedicated convention centre, in a city that has so much to
offer. My message to anyone working in conferencing and events is clear:
if you haven’t been to Belfast in the last three years, then get in
touch, and come see the transformation for yourself.”
Lennon, Chief Executive of Visit Belfast said: “Belfast’s reputation
among event organisers and key decision-makers has been growing steadily
and, supported by multi-million pound investments in our tourism
infrastructure, the city is now one of the most exciting conference
destinations in the UK.
“Visit Belfast worked
closely with our partners to win this conference for the city – fending
off competition from Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and Brighton, and
securing a two-year deal for both the 2019 and 2022 conferences. We are
looking forward to welcoming some 1,600 delegates for the Microbiology
Society’s Annual Conference next month. Many delegates will be visiting
Belfast for the first time, but we are sure that the experience they
have in the city will bring them back again soon.”
McGrillen, CEO of Tourism NI said: “Belfast is fast becoming a
destination of choice for conference and event organisers as
demonstrated by the city’s recent double C&IT award win for Best
Event Destination and Best Venue 2018 and choice as official destination
for the 2019 Conference and Incentive Travel (C&IT) Agency Forum.
Business travellers are higher spending visitors and events such as the
Microbiology Society Conference at the ICC Belfast boost tourism at
times that are traditionally quieter for leisure visitors. I am certain
that these delegates to Belfast will enjoy the many unique visitor
experiences available in the city all within walking distance of  ICC

The venue officially repositioned its
conferencing brand from Belfast Waterfront to ICC Belfast in October
2018, a change that is vital to delivering 50,000 conference delegate
days each year by 2021 across the city. This has been estimated to
generate £100 million in economic impact for Belfast and contribute to
the creation of an additional 1,500 jobs.