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Major boost as £100m summit returns to London

ESC Congress, the world’s biggest gathering of heart specialists, worth £100m, returns to London in 2021
05/11/2017

Pictured: ESC CEO Isabel Bardinet and London mayor Sadiq Khan

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has announced that ESC Congress, the world’s biggest gathering of heart specialists, will return to London in 2021.
 
The ESC decision has been hailed as a huge vote of confidence in London’s position as a world-class city for conferences and events, as well as a leading centre for medical research. When the ESC last came to London in 2015, it generated £100m of economic benefit for the city, attracting more than 32,700 delegates from 140 countries. 

Announcing the win, London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Cardiovascular disease remains the world's biggest killer, and the European Society of Cardiology and its members are at the forefront of the crucial battle against heart disease. I’m delighted that London will be hosting so many of the world’s top heart disease specialists from around the world, and as Mayor I’m proud that we’re investing record amounts in increasing physical activity, and preventing heart disease among Londoners.

“We all know someone who has been directly affected by cardiovascular disease, and I want London to be a world leader in our approach to preventing heart problems.”  
 
Isabel Bardinet, ESC’s chief executive officer, said: "ESC Congress is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of cardiovascular medicine so that people can lead longer, healthier lives. For one week in August 2021, London will be the hub in this battle against heart disease, the number one killer in the world today, and we are proud to join forces with such a dynamic, forward thinking city."
 
The decision to stage the congress in London comes as Sadiq Khan adopted the Healthy Streets Approach, prioritising health in transport and planning decisions, and investing £2.1 billion into street schemes that promote walking, cycling and public transport over private car use.
 
Tracy Halliwell, director of business tourism and major events at London & Partners, said: “ESC Congress choosing to return to our city really is an endorsement of the Mayor’s plan to help improve the health of Londoners and of the capital’s expertise in medical research. This is also a great vote of confidence in the city’s ability to organise and host a high-profile, very large-scale congress, following the incredibly successful 2015 event. We look forward to welcoming delegates to London and to play a small part in the great strides they will no doubt be making in cardiovascular science.”
 
James Rees, executive director at ExCeL London, said: “We are delighted that ESC has chosen to return to ExCeL and London for their 2021 Congress. In 2015, the way ESC used ExCeL was truly spectacular, resulting in a record breaking event.”


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