Support for Conference Ambassadors

Helping you bring your event to Dublin

Becoming a Conference Ambassador and hosting an international conference in Dublin can help raise Ireland’s profile in your field or industry, generate revenue to fund future research, and help further develop your organisation.

Various government incentives including the introduction of a Conference Ambassador Programme, are available to help you bring an international event to Dublin. We are here to assist and advise, ensuring that you get the most of your time at The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), and in Dublin. 

Our specialist Account Managers have expert knowledge of the association market and are well-acquainted with the competitive bidding process that can be required to attract prestigious events to the city. Working on your behalf, we offer the following complimentary services.

  • A personalised bid document for you to present to your International Committee
  • A professional audio/video presentation
  • Help with promoting your bid at your association’s next International conference
  • Assistance with the selection of a Professional Conference Organiser (PCO)
  • Professional advice and support every step of the way



Conference Ambassador Seminars

If you are interested in learning more about hosting an international conference in Dublin, you might like to attend one of our short breakfast seminars. The seminars feature presentations on financial and operational support for conference hosts from representatives of Dublin Convention Bureau (DCB) and the Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers (AIPCO). You can also hear from a panel of local conference ambassadors who share their individual experiences and thoughts on hosting international meetings.


Ambassador's Bursary Incentive

Everyone who attends one of our breakfast seminars is eligible for our ambassador's bursary initiative. This offers full payment of registration fees for one of our local ambassadors to attend their international association conference. We will select one ambassador to receive this funding after our final breakfast seminar of the year. This is our way of supporting you in your association membership and promoting the benefits of attending and networking at your international conference.


City Support

We can also advise you on additional organisations that may be able to support your bid, including the following.

Dublin Convention Bureau (DCB)


Dublin Convention Bureau (DCB) provides financial and practical aid for international conferences and associations bidding to choose Dublin as a host destination.

DCB can assist with the initial bid document and provide support towards the travel and accommodation costs associated with the bid. It will also financially support and co-ordinate site visits for your decision makers, and give you impartial advice and information on venues, accommodation and entertainment options.

DCB also provides a financial contribution towards the marketing and promotion of your conference in order to maximise delegate attendance and ensure its success, and offers complimentary maps and tourist information guides for your delegates.

DCB can also guide you through Fáilte Ireland’s Conference Ambassador Programme, which identifies and supports Irish representatives from professional associations and encourages them to invite their conferences to Ireland.

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)


Science Foundation Ireland's (SFI) Conferences and Workshops Programme facilitates international and national conferences and workshops taking place in Ireland that encourage dissemination and collaboration on research topics of timely importance covered by its legal remit.

There are three award types: Workshops, Conferences, and Exceptional Conferences. Each award type has a different amount of maximum funding that can be applied for. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year, but must be submitted at least four months in advance of the event in the case of a Workshop or Conference, or at least six months in advance of the event in the case of an Exceptional Conference. For further information please see the SFI's Conferences and Workshops Programme FAQ pdf, visit or contact

Aer Lingus


Aer Lingus is the national airline of Ireland, founded in 1936. It operates 65 aircraft on over 100 routes to destinations in the UK and Europe and flies 16 direct routes to North America. The airline carries more than 12 million guests per annum. Aer Lingus is Ireland’s only 4-Star airline, awarded by Skytrax, the international air transport rating organisation. Its mission is to connect Ireland to the world and to become the leading value carrier operating across the North Atlantic. Aer Lingus is a member of International Airlines Group (IAG), one of the world's largest airline groups.

Aer Lingus are delighted to partner with CCD and can offer promocodes for various events for volume traffic across the network. For more information please contact


If you would like to showcase Dublin and enhance the global reputation of Ireland’s researchers, contact us today, and let us help you make this dream become a reality.

"We are very grateful to all the staff at The CCD for their expertise, efficiency and courtesy. This was very much appreciated by the ESPE Council, Bioscientifica and all the delegates who enjoyed an excellent scientific programme and a very memorable meeting." Professor Hilary Hoey, Local Ambassador and President of ESPE 2014


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