Major conference postponed by Icelandic volcanic eruption in April to take place this week.

An international conference and exhibition which was postponed in April due to the volcanic activity in Iceland has been rescheduled to take place this week at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre AECC). ‘Search and Rescue 2010’ takes place on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 September at the Centre. The event is the largest international gathering of Search and Rescue (SAR) experts in Europe and will cover SAR and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) in the four major operating environments: air, maritime, mountain and urban and will feature an international exhibition alongside the two-day conference.

Alexander Giles, CEO of the event’s organisers ‘The Shephard Group’ said, “Despite the volcanic activity in Iceland earlier this year, which resulted in us postponing our 13th Annual Search & Rescue event, I am delighted we have been able to reschedule to 15 and 16 September. Shephard’s SAR has become an essential fixture within the SAR community’s calendar and Aberdeen is a key location to hold this year’s event; as the home to the UK’s oil and gas industry.”

The conference and exhibition is expected to attract over 300 international delegates and speakers including the Chief Coastguard of the UK, Captain Roderick Johnson, as well as key industry figures from Canada, Sweden and the USA.

Brian Horsburgh, Managing Director of AECC said, “There was widespread disruption to Scottish airports in the spring after volcanic ash drifted over from Iceland. We are delighted that the SAR event could be rescheduled and look forward to welcoming the international delegates to AECC.”

Notes to Editors

For further information contact Louise Duthie, PR & Marketing Executive at AECC on (01224) 330430; email: [email protected] or go to

The original event date was 21 and 22 April 2010.
For more information on the event go to


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