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Tailor-made Professional Support

Considering bidding for, planning and hosting a national or international meeting in the Dundee City Region?

With over 52 years of combined experience in business events, our team at the Convention Bureau and our destination partners strongly support those considering bidding for and hosting national and international conferences.

Benefit from our close working partnership with leading academic institutions, including the University of Dundee, Abertay University, The James Hutton Institute, NHS Tayside, Perth College UHI, and the University of St Andrews, who are supportive of attracting innovative and pioneering events through our Pathfinder Programme and to support events looking to host in the region.

Conference Bid Support

  • Coordinate the endorsements and letters of support from your institutes, as well as local and Scottish Government and the destination.
  • Conduct research to determine the feasibility of holding the conference in the regions of Dundee, Angus, Fife, and Perthshire.
  • Understand the objectives and intended outcomes of the conference/professional association and collaborate with you to influence the decision-makers by creating bespoke conference bids.

Organisational Support

  • Provide access to professional conference organisers who can cater to conferences of all sizes and budgets.
  • Help you identify the best venues that meet your requirements and block-book suitable accommodation for delegates and speakers at great value rates.
  • Arrange for a civic welcome during your conference and offer innovative attendance-building solutions to highlight your conference and host destination to new audiences.
  • Furthermore, we can help you develop important documents such as Privacy Statement, Sustainability Pledge, and Health and Wellbeing Guide in partnership with the host organising committee.
  • We can support your aspirations for delivering incredible impacts and legacy, and act as an advisory member of the team on the local planning committee.


Dundee City and the surrounding region have a strong history of hosting world-class conferences and events, providing an exceptional experience for delegates.

Here we share a selection of our success stories.

Professor Nick Birch, Ecological Sciences department at The James Hutton Institute, the 7th IOBC/WPRS Working Group Meeting

 “The Farm to Fork afternoon allowed all of the working group members … to get a taste of the type of agriculture we have here, and see the way farms are run in terms of the management of land and landscape. While these excursions are a regular part of the working group meetings around the world, we really wanted to do something different and take it to a higher level.

We wanted to integrate the excursion more closely with the themes of the meeting; it was our aim to tie everything together and make it one continuous story to really emphasise the regional connections to the delegates. It gave the delegates a view of the full journey from the field to the plate.”

Mark Reed, delegate at Transformations 2017

“[The conference] was a revelation: it turns out that it is possible to do conferences in a radically different way. This was less of a conference and more of a conversation, but at a scale that I didn’t think was meaningfully possible. There were over 300 people at the event, and yet it was designed and facilitated to enable learning and ideas to emerge […] in a way that engaged every single person in the conference.”

Professor Nikolai Zhelev Conference Chairman 2nd International Conference on Clinical Sciences and Drug Discovery

"The conference was a wonderful opportunity for students to learn from, network with and above all be inspired by speakers of the highest calibre from all over the world. This is by far the most efficient way of allowing this to happen - can you imagine how difficult it would be if students, early career researchers and so on had to travel to meet such people? It just couldn't be done.

"The ideas and working relationships which began with this conference mean that in future some of who were this year's student delegates will be inspired to become the next generation of Dundee-based scientists. They will go on to apply for funding which in turn will bring income and research excellence to the City".