Wi-Fi capacity to be doubled ahead of DrupalCon 2016

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DUBLIN – 08 October 2015 –The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) has been chosen as the venue for DrupalCon 2016 and the 20th Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Science, INQUA 2019. The conferences combined, will attract around 5,000 delegates and are worth an estimated €7million to the Irish economy.

Nick Waight, CEO of The CCD commented, “We are delighted to have secured these two prestigious meetings for Ireland. With the announcement of DrupalCon 2016, we will be making a significant infrastructure investment by doubling our Wi-Fi capacity to facilitate 24,000 devices in the venue. We are also looking forward to welcoming INQUA to Ireland for the first time after working very closely with Professor Peter Coxon from Trinity College and the Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA) over the last few years. We would like to thank our industry partners, Dublin Convention Bureau (DCB) for their tremendous support in bringing these two conferences to Dublin and to acknowledge Keynote PCO for their extensive work securing the INQUA bid.”

Miriam Kennedy, Head of Business Tourism, Fáilte Ireland added, “These two events are worth €7 million to the Irish economy, so naturally Fáilte Ireland is delighted to have worked with all those involved locally to help secure them for Dublin. International Conferences are a key target within our plans to grow tourism into Ireland, with the average delegate worth two to three times that of a holidaymaker. Our conference ambassador programme, which supports peers to bring their international conference to Ireland, continues to deliver really strong results, as is the case here with INQUA”.

The Drupal Association announced at its 2015 conference in Barcelona that it would be bringing its next DrupalCon conference to Dublin in September 2016. The five-day annual conference will see over 2,000 Drupal developers, site-builders, UX/designers, project managers, business owners and Chief Information Officers come together to learn, share and discuss issues.

Rachel Friesen, Events Manager, Drupal Association commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing DrupalCon to Dublin. Drupal has a thriving local community in Dublin and throughout Ireland, and when paired with Dublin's strong tech scene, it created the perfect location for DrupalCon 2016.”

The INQUA Congress takes place every four years, and following an extended and very competitive bidding process, Dublin was selected over the other candidate cities Zaragoza (Spain) and Rome (Italy). Around 3,000 delegates are expected to attend the seven-day congress in 2019 which will include a lecture programme and excursions throughout Ireland, Northern Ireland and parts of the UK.

Catherine Dalton, President of IQUA commented, “The congress will showcase the Irish landscape, promote Ireland’s research reputation, facilitate the dissemination of our research activities to a wider audience and attract world-class scientists to the country. The successful award of the 2019 INQUA Congress truly demonstrates an accomplishment far beyond what would be expected, given the relatively small size of our academic community.”

Dr. Noel Mitchell, Managing Director of Keynote PCO added, “We’re very pleased that INQUA has awarded this prestigious congress to Ireland, and recognised the efforts of the Irish society in its proposal as hosts for a global audience”.

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About The CCD
The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), Ireland’s first purpose-built international conference centre, is situated in Spencer Dock on the banks of the River Liffey in the heart of Dublin’s city centre. The multi award-winning venue is configured to accommodate conferences from 8 to 8,000 participants in 22 purpose-built meeting rooms and on six spacious foyer levels. Its iconic design includes a 2,000-seat auditorium, 4,500 square metres of exhibition space and banqueting facilities for up to 3,000 guests. The CCD offers the latest technology throughout its flexible and delegate-friendly venue, including complimentary Wi-Fi, with an experienced and passionate team, delivering ‘exceptional service’. The CCD is committed to sustainability and best practices, and has secured ISO Certification for quality (ISO 9001) and environmental (ISO 14001) management systems, as well as the British Security Standard (BS7499). The CCD has won a total of 28 industry awards since opening, including being named as one of the top four Convention Centres in the World at the AIPC Apex Awards 2012 and winning Gold for ‘‘Best Overseas Conference Centre’ at the UK M&IT Awards 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Gold for ‘Access Excellence’ at the UK M&IT Awards 2012, and ‘Best Overseas Conference Venue’ at the C&IT Awards 2013 and 2015. For more information, please visit www.theccd.ie

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About Dublin Convention Bureau

Dublin Convention Bureau (DCB) is a unit of Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority for the Republic of Ireland. It aims to promote Dublin as a business tourism destination by creating awareness of its advantages, and offering solutions that meet the needs of clients and partners. For more information, please visit www.dublinconventionbureau.com

About Keynote PCO
Keynote PCO is one of Ireland’s leading Professional Conference Organisers, specialising in the international bid for and management of large international association conferences, and is a member of the World PCO Alliance. For more information, please visit www.keynotepco.ie

About Drupal
Drupal is an open source content management platform powering websites and applications worldwide. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of over 1 million users and developers worldwide. Drupal is used to build everything from ecommerce, multi-lingual sites, to personal blogs, to enterprise applications. Thousands of add-on modules and designs let you build any site you want. For more information, please visit https://events.drupal.org/dublin2016/

About The Quaternary Period
The Quaternary Period spans the last 2.6 million years of the Earth's history. The Quaternary is an interval with dramatic and frequent changes in global climate. Warm interglacials alternated with cold ice ages. Cold and warm periods and the sometimes rapid changes from one to the other have left their mark on the Irish Landscape. Irish-derived words for such features like drumlins and eskers have entered the international lexicon. The Earth is right now entering a time of unusually warm climate; significant and potentially rapid environmental changes could pose major challenges for human habitability. Quaternary palaeoclimatic investigations play a key role in the understanding of the possible future climate change on our planet.

About The International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA)
The International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA) was established in 1928 and exists to encourage and facilitate the research of Quaternary scientists in all disciplines. INQUA's basic goal is to promote improved communication and international collaboration in experimental and applied aspects of Quaternary research, in order to contribute in practical ways to an evaluation of the scale and rates of global environmental changes during the recent geological past. For more information, please visit www.inqua.org

About The Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA)
The Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA) is a voluntary organisation of academics, amateurs, governmental and industrial partners with interest in Irish landscape change during the most recent period of Earth history (the Quaternary). Its members have diverse interests including agriculture, archaeology, climatology, ecology, engineering, geography, geomorphology, geology and hydrology. IQUA promotes Quaternary studies through its publications, conferences and symposia, awards and field meetings. It represents a unique pool of expertise in climate and landscape change that is capable of providing critical information on past and present Earth surface processes. It is an ideal forum for exchange of information between scientists, managers and interest groups concerned with the many contemporary issues associated with future climate change. For more information, please visit www.iqua.ie