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Newcastle's £40m centre a draw for health conferences

Age-related conferences are expected to generate £500k for NewcastleGateshead
11/08/2016

Pictured: Paul Szomoru, head of business tourism at NewcastleGateshead Initiative

Age-related health conferences are expected to generate more than £500k for Newcastle ahead of the opening of an ageing science facility.

Work on the £40 million National Centre for Ageing Science and Innovation is set to be completed at Newcastle University in August 2018. Since it was announced two years ago the centre has helped attract events such as the 6th Annual Alliance for Healthy Aging and the 85+ Project 10th anniversary celebration, held at the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing. Age-related events will be worth an estimated £507k to the local economy.

Paul Szomoru, head of business tourism at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “The Newcastle University Institute for Ageing is a fantastic asset for the city. Furthermore the establishment of the National Centre for Ageing Science and Innovation is not only a testament to the outstanding work and research of the University, but reflects national confidence in their ageing science skills and capability.

“We have three core sectors of excellence in NewcastleGateshead: medical science and sustainability, tech and innovation and offshore and marine. The Institute for Ageing plays its part in driving our knowledge-based strategies and sector strengths. Conferences and events relating to ageing science and innovation will continue to enable us to profile these assets and strengths.

“We will continue to work closely with Newcastle University, through our Conference Ambassador Programme, to identify conferences which will not only bring benefits to the city and University but which we can provide added value to through the city’s expertise and facilities.”


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