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Welcome Reception

This will be held at the EICC on Monday 28th August and will allow delegates to familiarise themselves with the venue location and enjoy complimentary canapes and drinks and the opportunity to meet and chat with colleagues.

The conference will be opened at 6.30pm by welcome speeches from the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the Conference Chair and we will also have the first Plenary and key note speaker, Professor Anthony Newman Taylor.

The welcome reception will follow at 7.45pm and will conclude at 9.00pm. It will be followed by the opportunity to watch the Festival Fireworks Display at 9.30pm which marks the end of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe events. 

A limited number of seated tickets for this spectacular event can be purchased in advance from the conference team on a first come first serve basis. Contact us on


For the last seven years, Edinburgh has retained its position as the most popular UK city after London for hosting international association meetings.