DUBLIN – 20 January 2014 – The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) has been selected as the venue to host the World Congress of Biomechanics in July 2018 (WCB2018), which is expected to attract around 3,000 participants from all corners of the globe, and generate revenue in excess of €5 million for the local economy.
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Trinity College Dublin will jointly host WCB2018, and Keynote PCO will deliver conference management services having worked with the Irish committee to secure the international medical event.
The World Congress of Biomechanics is an international meeting held once every four years, rotating between Europe, Asia and the Americas. It brings together engineers and scientists from various disciplines including biology, physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry and various clinical specialties. WCB2014 will be held in Boston in July of this year, with previous meetings held in Singapore and Munich.
Prof. Schmid-Schönbein, President of the World Council of Biomechanics said, “The World Council of Biomechanics is pleased to award this prestigious event to Ireland. Despite being a small country, Ireland has, for many years now, been one of the leading countries in Europe in terms of biomechanics research and we are very pleased that the meeting will be held in the dynamic city of Dublin and anticipate an exciting and successful congress”.
Ireland is at the forefront of the global medical device industry with eight of the world’s largest medical device companies located in Ireland, employing 25,000 people, the highest number working in the industry in any country in Europe, per head of population.
Prof Daniel J. Kelly, Trinity Associate Professor and Director of the Trinity Centre of Bioengineering, and Co-Chair WCB2018 also commented, “We are delighted to be hosting the Congress in Dublin and very confident of its success. It was very reassuring to have such an ideal venue in The CCD for our bid.”