Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons selects Leeds to host its largest ever annual conference in 2016

The annual scientific meeting of the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (AUGIS) has chosen Leeds to hold its 19th annual conference next year, following support from ConferenceLeeds during the bidding process. The conference, which will take place at the Royal Armouries in September (2016), will attract around 400 national delegates � along with additional exhibitors and supporters of this surgical sub-speciality.

The annual AUGIS meeting brings together consultants and trainee surgeons, along with nurses and upper allied health professionals, with an interest in Upper Gastrointestinal surgery. Its 2016 programme, which will run from the 22nd � 23rd September, aims to improve the delivery, results and outcome of surgical treatment for conditions affecting the oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, pancreas, liver and biliary tract.

Nichola Coates, Speciality Manager at AUGIS, commented:
�We�re really excited to hold our 2016 annual meeting in Leeds. We last visited the area in 1997 � where the conference was held in nearby Headingley. We wanted our 19th annual event to be the most attractive yet, so it was vital to choose a city that would appeal to an increasing number of delegates, as well as a unique venue such as the Royal Armouries.�

She continued: �We were drawn to Leeds because of its diverse and vibrant atmosphere. Its hotel accommodation and ever growing range of food and drink venues are sure pulls to attract a variety of delegates with different budget requirements. Once we had chosen Leeds as our conference city, ConferenceLeeds was instrumental in helping us put our pitch together to present to our Council.�

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Leeds City Council Executive Board Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adults, said:
�We�re excited to welcome the AUGIS conference back to Leeds in 2016, especially given the strong health and social care links the city has. Events like AUGIS are a great opportunity for us as a city to showcase what we have to offer, from great venues to a fantastic cultural scene - Leeds has something for everyone.�

�Leeds as a conferencing destination is going from strength to strength and we�re excited to be welcoming a variety of conferences and events into the city in 2016.�

Leeds is an exciting city with tremendous growing power and ConferenceLeeds proudly offers over 250 conference venues for hire in Leeds and West Yorkshire, including unique venues such as the Royal Armouries, which is home to one of the world�s oldest museum collections and hosts up to 1,200 people. What�s more, Leeds is the only city outside of London to have four Gold AIM accredited venues and has 19 AIM accredited venues in total.

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