Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) Conference

Next month we welcome the annual national Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) conference to the city and the venue.  Brought to Aberdeen by Professor Bettina Platt and her team at the University of Aberdeen; the conference takes place at AECC from 14th-15th March.

The two-day conference will welcome dementia researchers from across the UK and beyond, with presentations from basic researchers through to clinical colleagues. The conference is the perfect forum for researchers to hear the latest findings – from discoveries in the laboratory to clinical perspectives.

The Alzheimer’s Research UK Annual Conference is the UK’s largest dementia research conference and has become a staple in the conference calendar, renowned as the perfect opportunity to share new insights and forge diverse collaborations. Last year nearly 500 delegates attended this popular conference, and we look forward to welcoming delegates to Aberdeen in March.

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A programme of public engagement events is taking place across the city prior to the conference, aiming to raise awareness of the disease and encourage local people to take part:

Mind and Memory Art Show

Thursday 9th March – Friday 7th April,

Dementia Resource Centre 13-19 King St, open Monday to Friday 10am-3pm


Come and Sing

Friday 10th March, Dementia Resource Centre, King Street, 6-7.30pm

ARUK together with Alzheimer’s Scotland, are holding an informal event for people with dementia, their families and carers. Refreshments will be served.


AFC Aberdeen vs Motherwell

Saturday 11th March, Pittodrie Stadium, 1pm

Representatives from ARUK will be presenting at AFC’s Ladies Day, and will be appearing throughout the stadium handing out health information and raising funds for the charity.


Science Sunday

Sunday 12th March, Stratosphere, 10am – 4pm

FREE entrance for all at Satrosphere all day.

Come along and explore the most mysterious structure in the known universe – the human brain. Family-friendly activities will run alongside talks from scientists and clinicians who are working to tackle dementia.

With hands-on activities, challenging games and the latest in virtual reality technology, we’ll shine a light on this incredible organ and showcase the pioneering dementia research underway in Aberdeen. Take Aberdeen FC’s target challenge and find out how top players stay fit and healthy.

Between 2-4pm there will be talks from scientists and clinicians working to tackle dementia. A great opportunity to put your questions to the experts and learn about the latest developments in dementia research.

No need to book, just come along and get involved!


Cutting-Edge Dementia Research

Monday 13 March, Café Med, Suttie Centre, Foresterhill Health Campus, from 6pm

Dr Tara Spires-Jones and Prof Craig Ritchie talk about their cutting-edge dementia research.

February at AECC

Aberdeen Learning Festival Tuesday 14th February

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP will open the 2017 Aberdeen Learning Festival on Tuesday 14th February with the main theme of this year’s event being ‘Partnership Working-To Close the Gap’. Over 50 seminars will take place throughout the day, which will cover a wide range of topics from classroom leadership to developing the future workforce and closing the attainment gap.

An extensive exhibition of over 50 suppliers, partners, colleagues and establishments from across the Northern Alliance Local Authorities will attend, highlighting educational equipment, resources and innovative practises throughout the day. This will provide valuable opportunities for delegates to find out about the products and services available to support their work, to share practices and to explore new ways of working in partnership.

Busted Friday 24th February

There’s no doubt that most teenagers rocked out to Busted’s ‘What I Go to School For’ and ‘Year 3000’ back in 2002 now, 15 years later, fans in the North-east will have the chance to relive their pop-rock dreams with the band when they visit AECC’s GE Oil & Gas Arena on Friday 24th February.

Following a split in 2005, the trio went on to have successful ventures and after much speculation by the media, the band reformed in 2015. Following a 2016 UK and Ireland tour, the band went on to record their third studio album, ‘Night Driver’, and have now embarked on a 33 date tour across the UK, Europe and Asia.

Tickets are available to see Busted at AECC on Friday 24th February by clicking here or calling 08444 77 9000.


X Factor Tuesday 28th February

Returning to AECC, the X Factor Live Tour will be rolling into Aberdeen on Tuesday 28th February with winner Matt Terry taking centre stage along with the final seven contestants from the hit show including the ever controversial, Honey G.

Attended by over three million people, the X Factor Live Tour has been one of the most successful annual arena tours in the UK for the past twelve years which has included 24 shows over nine years in Aberdeen.

Tickets are available to see the X Factor Live Tour at AECC on Tuesday 28th February by clicking here or calling 08444 77 9000.

In Honour of the Bard

Our annual Burns Celebration took place on 26 January; around 80 partners, clients and stakeholders were welcomed to the venue‘s Boyd Orr Hall where they experienced an evening of true rustic Scottish style.

A piper greeted guests on arrival before an evening celebrating Robert Burns’ most famous works including the famous Address to a Haggis, and Tam O’Shanter.

The audience were then taken back in time as they witnessed a re-enactment of a traditional battle between Highland Clansmen before being given the opportunity to take part themselves and meet the Highlanders.

The evening’s menu took pride in showcasing delicious local produce including Grampian lamb, North-East salmon and Aberdeen Angus; and of course the night wouldn’t be complete without haggis.

Thank you to all who attended and contributed to a memorable evening.  The event raised £500 for our charity of the year, Friends of ANCHOR.


An Entertaining Year Ahead for the Granite City


Olly Murs to follow in footsteps of Elton John. Image: Artist impression of Elton John’s stage set up at AECC 2015

Having so many fantastic shows already lined up in the Granite City from funny man Russell Howard to Aberdeen’s own Emeli Sandé, 2017 is looking to be quite the year at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

Kicking off the venues entertainment line-up for the year will be pop-rock band, Busted who will make their debut in the city on Friday 24th February. The band, who recently returned to music following a split in 2005, have released “Night Driver”, their first album in over a decade and have seen huge success since making their comeback.

Returning for the ninth year, the X Factor Live Tour will be rolling into Aberdeen on Tuesday 28th February with winner Matt Terry taking centre stage along with the final seven contestants from the hit show including the ever controversial, Honey G. Speaking of the tour, runner up Saara Aalto said “I’m so excited to go around Britain, there are so many places I have never been before and I can’t wait to see all those places…”.

Following on from X Factor, Russell Howard will be making Aberdeen crowds laugh for two nights on 22nd and 23rd March and with the first night almost sold out, fans can help Russell celebrate his birthday by joining him on the 23rd. His “Round the World” tour will kick off in February and will see him tour the UK, Ireland, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and America.

After one of the most talked about and relevant returns to music by an artist in decades, Craig David will be performing classic hits plus new material for fans in Aberdeen. The MOBO Award winner of Best Male Act in 2016 and Brit Award nominee will play AECC for the first time on Tuesday 4th April and fans are promised something special as he takes to the stage with a full band, followed by an acoustic set and finished off with his famous ‘TS5’ set.

Summer will see Olly Murs follow in the footsteps of Elton John’s 2015 performance when the Essex heartthrob will take to a specially constructed outdoor arena on the grounds of AECC for 16,000 fans in the North-east on Friday 21st July. The spectacular set up for Olly will allow double the amount of fans to come and see the X Factor star who has had unprecedented fame since first becoming the runner up on the show in 2009.

Tickets for all of these shows plus much more are still available from or 08444 77 9000.



Full listing of shows at AECC in 2017

Busted – Friday 24 February

X Factor Live Tour – Tuesday 28 February

Russell Howard – Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 March (Best availability 23rd March)

Craig David – Tuesday 4 April

Harlem Globetrotters – Wednesday 5 April

North Hop – Friday 14 and Saturday 15 April

Premier League Darts – Thursday 11 May

Iron Maiden – Wednesday 17 May

Professor Brian Cox – Saturday 20 May

Blink-182 – Wednesday 12 July

Olly Murs Outdoors – Friday 12 July

4TG Game Con – Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July

Little Mix – Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 October

Emeli Sandé – Saturday 14 October

John Bishop – Tuesday 17-Thursday 19 October

The King is Back – Sunday 12 November

UB40 – Friday 8 December

Ball & Boe – Monday 11 December

A Diverse Conference Calendar at AECC

This year Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) will welcome a diverse calendar of national and international conferences to the Granite City, a region rich in science, academia, commerce and history.

Highlights of this year’s conference calendar include two health science conferences which will visit AECC in March: the annual national Alzheimer’s Research UK conference which is brought to Aberdeen by Professor Bettina Platt and her team at the University of Aberdeen; and The UK Molecular Epidemiology Group Conference Spring Meeting, chaired by Professor Susan Duthie of the Robert Gordon University.

Following on from this The European Conference on Information Retrieval brings an international audience to the city in April, led by the Robert Gordon University (RGU); before The Society of Radiological Protection’s Annual Conference takes place in May.

The OCEANS conference returns to AECC, for the second time, in June.  Organised by the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) and the Marine Technology Society (MTS), Oceans was last held in Aberdeen in 2007.  Professor John Watson of the University of Aberdeen, local co-chair for the event, has been key in securing this conference for the city, he commented:

“We look forward to welcoming IEEE OCEANS to Aberdeen, the fact that the city has once again been chosen to hold this event highlights the importance and size of the oceanic industry to the region, and its growing experience in the renewable energy market.  The high standard showcased in 2007 has set the stage for an exceptional event and delegates can expect an interesting and informative conference programme, technical framework and social events calendar at the 60th OCEANS Conference.”

The International Conference on Natural Products Biotechnology descends on Aberdeen in September, before the first joint conference between The International Conference on Mechanisms of Action of Nutraceuticals (ICMAN) and the International Union of Pharmacology (IUPHAR) Natural Products Section will bring their biennial meetings to Aberdeen in September; which is set to attract 500 global delegates to the city.

AECC work closely with VisitAberdeenshire to bring these events to the region, assisted by subvention funding from VisitScotland.

Aberdeen is an exciting place to be at the moment, with major developments taking place including the new state-of-the-art venue which will open its doors in 2019.  Boasting an impressive 47, 000m2 of internal event space as well as on-site hotels, including a four star Hilton, the new venue is located next to Aberdeen International Airport and offers easy accessibility for visitors.  There are already events confirmed for the new venue, including The Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Conference which will take place in 2020.

AECC’s Associations Sales Manager, Steven Daun, commented: “We are excited to welcome such a broad range of conferences to the venue in 2017; it is testament to the success of the city’s team approach through the Aberdeen Ambassador Network, which assist events in coming to the region.”

Steven Daun



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Celebrating 20 Years at AECC


This week Stacey Corbett, HR Coordinator at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) celebrates twenty years of working at the venue.

Having joined AECC as an Office Junior in 1997 straight from nearby Bridge of Don Academy, Stacey has seen many changes at the Bridge of Don based venue.  These have included the expansion project in 2003 which saw the creation of meetings and conference space as well as upgraded concert facilities; and the exciting new development currently in progress, which will see the creation of a state-of-the-art venue at Bucksburn, boasting 47, 000m2 of event space and a 12, 500 capacity arena, which is due to open in 2019.

In her twenty years with the company, Stacey has worked in both the sales and catering departments before taking up her current role as HR Coordinator in November 2015 after gaining a CIPD HR Practice Certificate from the North East Scotland College.

Speaking of her time at AECC, Stacey commented: “I’ve literally grown up with AECC and have great memories from my years here, from working on reception to sourcing 200 staff daily for Offshore Europe.  I enjoy my current role in Human Resources, as a people person dealing with staff is my ideal job.”

Graeme Cumming, Interim Managing Director at AECC commented: “It is wonderful to celebrate Stacey’s twenty years at AECC; and we recognise the dedication and loyalty she has shown in her time with the company.  As an Investors in People employer, we endeavour to nurture and develop our staff and as such have many employees who have been with us for a number of years.  Twenty years at one company is a great achievement, congratulations Stacey.”


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