AECC Partner with RGU to Showcase Emerging Artists

The work of two locally based photographers has been unveiled today at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).  This comes as part of a collaborative project between the venue and the city’s Robert Gordon University (RGU).

Earlier this year AECC’s Director of Operations and Safety, Fiona Mann, challenged Commercial Photography students at RGU’s Gray’s School of Art with a brief to revamp artwork in the venue with images portraying the unique architecture and stunning scenery found in Aberdeen and its surrounding areas.  This project formed part of the students’ final year submission project.

After initially looking for the work of one artist, the high calibre of work and understanding shown in the submissions meant that two winners were chosen to display their work within the concourse area at the venue.

“The AECC were looking to inject a ‘feel’ for Aberdeen into their venue and this provided a perfect opportunity for us at the BA Commercial Photography course at Gray’s School of Art to get involved. The students on the course all tackled the project to produce images that summed up Aberdeen for them and a number were selected by the team at AECC to provide images for production. The collaboration with AECC has been a very positive experience and the students have benefitted from a live project which has inspired and developed their professional skills in client liaison,” said Mick Eason, Course Leader, BA Commercial Photography, Gray’s School of Art.

Fiona Mann, Director of Operations and Safety at AECC commented: “This was a fantastic project to be involved with; giving local students the opportunity to have their work displayed in a venue which is about to welcome 50,000 visitors next week at Offshore Europe. It also gives our visitors a sense of Aberdeen and its surrounding areas, inspiring them to make more of their visit to the city.

“We greatly value the partnership work we do with the universities in the area. The work submitted was of a high quality and we had a difficult time selecting the winner.  We felt the work of Elaine and Evelina really stood out – in fulfilling the brief, incorporating AECC branding elements into their shots and managing to evoke a strong sense of place.  We can’t wait to see our visitors’ reaction to the display.”



Image: Mick Eason, Course Leader, BA Commercial Photography, Gray’s School of Art and Lainey Macleod, Gray’s School of Art Graduate (2017), view Facebook Page 





OE Travel Info

Below is a full list of all temporary traffic management measures surrounding the AECC site; which will be in place from 08:00 on 2nd September until 22:00 on 9th September

  • One-way system on Claymore Drive; travelling clockwise
  • One-way system on Exploration Drive, between the eastern junction with Claymore Drive and Technology Park Roundabout; travelling westbound
  • Conference Way closed to vehicles with the exception of taxis and authorised vehicles
  • Bus lanes suspended on Parkway East from Exhibition Avenue to Ellon Road, and on the A90 Ellon Road, approaching Parkway East
  • No loading or unloading at any time on Exhibition Avenue, Parkway East and the east side of Ellon Road, between its junctions with Parkway East and King Robert’s Way.
  • No waiting at any time on King Robert’s Way, King Robert’s Place and Morrison Croft
  • No waiting on the grass verge between Intown Road and Ellon Road, or on the grass verge between Intown Road and The Parkway.
  • No right turn from Ellon Road into Links Road
  • No right turn from Ellon Road into Hutcheon Gardens,
  • No right turn from Hutcheon Gardens into Ellon Road
  • No waiting at any time on the south and west sides of the Beach Esplanade, between Ellon Road and Accommodation Road, and at bus stops on the north and east side of the Esplanade
  • The Esplanade’s width restriction will be suspended

Free shuttle buses will be running to and from the event from key locations all over Aberdeen including key hotels, oil companies, Aberdeen International Airport, Aberdeen City Centre and Park and Ride stops. Information and full timetable can be found here 

The Park and Ride X40 service from First Bus will operate as normal, with reduced parking on-site (on a first-come-first-served basis) for customers travel from AECC into the city centre.

A taxi rank is located outside the Holiday Inn, adjacent to AECC – this is the only location permitted for drop-off and pick-up. Taxis can be pre-booked from the taxi desk located inside the main AECC building.

A limited amount of parking is available on site in car park 1, 7 and 10 on a “first-come” basis. Visitors are advised to share vehicles or use the free shuttle bus wherever possible. All car parks close at 7pm each evening throughout the duration of the show and parking is only permitted in designated parking spaces. Penalties will apply for parking in unauthorised locations including on the road or verges surrounding the site. Please click here for more information on travelling to AECC by car.

Disabled parking is available for blue badge holders only in gates 3, 4 and 6 – adjacent to the Exhibition entrance. Please display your blue badge on approach to the site to be guided to the correct parking area.


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Life Science and Biotechnology Communities Head for Aberdeen

Next month the International Conference on Natural Product Biotechnology (ICNPB) will be held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) in collaboration with the major International Conference on the Mechanism of Action of Nutraceuticals (ICMAN) and the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) Natural Products Section joint conference.

ICNPB takes place on 25th and 26th September, before ICMAN-IUPHAR on 27th – 29th, these conferences will bring together the life science and biotechnology communities to discuss natural resources, sustainable ingredients and ways of using them to produce nutraceuticals and  pharmaceutical ingredients.

Conference director, Jim Brown said: “We are looking forward to a fantastic week at the AECC, learning about the great science that’s going on is this field. It’s an area where Scotland has great strengths, with some really innovative businesses drawing on our marine and agri-food resources, coupled with the real depth of expertise and knowledge embedded in our research networks.

“ICNPB is a home-grown conference – it started off as Natural Products Scotland – but our remit now covers the whole chain of identifying valuable compounds in nature, and the sustainability of the processes to convert them into useful products. The circular economy is increasingly important too, as is maximising the potential value from waste streams, and I think that’ll emerge as a key theme this year.

The varied programme includes sessions from Dr Charlie Bavington, Founder of Glycomar, a specialist in marine natural products; Ross Campbell, founder of Cybercolloids, who has been involved with the research, product and business development of polymers; Prof Ian Graham, Leader of the High Value Products from Plants Network; and Prof Colin Campbell, Chief Executive of the James Hutton Institute, who specialises in soil microbiology, soil science and sustainable development.

Professor Campbell said: “The SEFARI collective, of which the James Hutton Institute is part, is delighted to support this conference. The work of Scotland’s research institutes drives innovation across the agri-food and other sectors in the Scottish economy, and I look forward to sharing success stories at the conference”.

The conference benefitted from subvention funding from VisitAberdeenshire, which helped secure the conference for the city.  Jenni Fraser, Business Development Director of VisitAberdeenshire said: “For Aberdeen to have attracted three globally renowned conferences shows real confidence in the region. Hosting association congress like this generates significant income to the area, and the Natural Products Biotechnology conference alone will generate over £200,000 for the local economy through hotel bed nights, restaurants and other visitor attractions. We are looking forward to welcoming the conference and delegates to Aberdeen.” 

Steven Daun, Associations Sales Manager at AECC commented: “We are delighted to be hosting this event in Aberdeen; showcasing the world class research that takes place in the city and the wealth of life science knowledge that we have here in Scotland. With ICNPB being held in conjunction with ICMAN-IUPHAR, delegates can benefit from attending both events with one visit.



Further information:

Find out more about the programme and how to register at – for information about exhibiting or sponsoring, or for general queries, you can contact the conference team at


Notes to Editors:

SEFARI (Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes) is the collective of Moredun Research Institute, Scotland’s Rural College, The Rowett institute, Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and The James Hutton Institute.

To register for the event, or for more information, visit


Decommissioning debate to take centre stage at SPE Offshore Europe 2017

Released 31 July, by The Big Partnership


Decommissioning will be a special focus at SPE Offshore Europe 2017 with a range of expert speakers announced as part of the plenary and new Decommissioning Zone technical programme.

Shell will host a keynote panel session with senior spokespeople from CNR, Chevron, Heerema Marine Contractors, Marine Scotland and the UK regulator BEIS.

Supported by Decom North Sea, the new Decommissioning Zone will deliver an extensive line-up including presentations hosted by ITF, The Society for Underwater Technology, ImechE and Decom North Sea. Panellists offering expert insight throughout the three-day conference include Stephen Hall, CEO Society for Underwater Technology; Pieter voor de Poorte, Subsea Decommissioning Lead, Premier Oil and Bill Cattanach OBE, Head of Supply Chain, Oil & Gas Authority.

The zone is set to bring together thousands of highly targeted technical, business and government industry professionals with exhibitors including Diaquip, Integrated DECOM, EMAS Energy, Fairfield Energy, Petroplan Europe Ltd and Xodus Group among those signed up.

With more than 100 offshore platforms forecast for full or partial removal in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and 1,800 wells to be plugged over the next decade, SPE recognised a need to place decommissioning high on the 2017 Offshore Europe agenda.

As several assets in the North Sea reach the end of their lifespan, the latest cost estimate from the Oil and Gas Authority has predicted the cost of decommissioning the UKCS oil and gas infrastructure is £59.7 billion with an ambitious goal of completing this work for less than £39 billion.

Roger Esson, Decom North Sea CEO said: “Operators and regulators are planning for the inescapable responsibility of decommissioning. The inaugural Decommissioning Zone at SPE Offshore Europe 2017 is an important step for the sector and wider industry to further discussions around planning, regulation, execution optimisation and technology.

“Not only will this zone showcase the innovative capabilities of its exhibitors, but its comprehensive programme of conference sessions will provide knowledge and insight into the opportunities and issues arising within the sector.”

Gareth Rapley, SPE Offshore Europe exhibition director, said: “We are looking forward to showcasing the latest advances in decommissioning and the theatre in the new zone will give a platform for debating and sharing lessons learned. We anticipate a lot of interest in the zone as the industry takes stock of the challenges and opportunities around dealing with assets reaching the end of production. ”

SPE Offshore Europe takes place 5 – 8 September in Aberdeen and will feature 1,000 exhibitors with 65 free to attend technical presentations and 11 keynote panel sessions combined with business breakfasts and topical lunches.

For full details of the SPE Offshore Europe 2017 Decommissioning Zone including how to become an exhibitor and the programme of events visit



Notes to editors:


SPE Offshore Europe is organised by The Offshore Europe Partnership, a joint venture between Reed Exhibitions Ltd and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).


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Full Casting Announced for Brand New Arena Spectacular Heaven on Earth

Full casting has been announced for the brand-new musical Heaven on Earth which is coming to Aberdeen’s BHGE Arena from March 28 – 31 2018.

The greatest story ever written comes spectacularly to life in a brand new musical experience. This epic and inspirational journey of Adam and Eve is told through state of the art digital technology, innovative staging and stunning choreography.

Joining the previously announced star cast of Kerry Ellis as Eve (Wicked, Cats, Les Miserables, We Will Rock You) and Hugh Maynard as Adam (Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar, Lion King), and featuring the voice of the UK’s award winning and bestselling classical artist, Russell Watson as God, are:

Richard Carson as Enoch (Mamma Mia, Miss Saigon, Wicked), Lisa Bridge as Isla (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bend It Like Beckham, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Neil Moors as Serpent, (Jesus Christ Superstar, Shrek, The Sound of Music), Denis Grindel as Cain (The Commitments), Michael Colbourne as Abel (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Les Miserables) and Albert Simon Hart as Young Enoch (Oliver).

The ensemble is: Alice Baker, Laura Benazaize, Tom Brandon, Charlie Bull, Carly Cook, Martin Dickinson, Mike Fellows, Taofique Folarin, Loula Geater, Richie Gooding, Kelly Hampson, Zoe Innes, Abbi Kennedy, Victoria Lamm, Nick Len, Adam Margilewski, Stephanie Rojas, Craig Ryder, Guy Salim, Hayley Ellen Scott, Spin, Sam Varley and Sharon Wattis.

The greatest story ever told will come to life with Heaven on Earth, a classic re-telling of the story of Adam and Eve and their fall from Paradise. It is an exhilarating story of love, loss, and redemption, and an exploration of the universal search for the meaning of life.

The creative team behind Heaven on Earth includes director & choreographer Racky Plews – American Idiot (West End and Tour), Footloose (West End and Tour), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tour), set designer Jacqueline Pyle – Robbie Williams (Take The Crown Tour), Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremony (UK), Take That (Progress Live Tour), and arranger Adam Langston – (Alien Covenant, Les Miserables, Independence Day Resurgence, Walking With Dinosaurs) and musical director Richard John – Sinatra (London Palladium), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre).

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