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Massive ESHRE conference at Messukeskus Helsinki will bring EUR 15 million to Finland

Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre, will organise the ESHRE conference on reproductive medicine in June 2016. The scientific congress will bring more than 8,000 participants from over a hundred countries to Messukeskus, making it notably significant financially. The international participants of the four-day ESHRE conference will leave behind some 15 million euros in Finland.

“On this occasion we were looking for a host city and suitable arena in Northern Europe. Messukeskus is able to provide our large conference with flexible and high-quality premises. An important factor behind our choice is Helsinki's reputation as a valued conference city. Helsinki is universally accessible and has enough hotel rooms for our large number of guests,” says Managing Director Bruno Van den Eede, of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) that is responsible for organising the conference.  

“Helsinki and Messukeskus emerged as the winners of a close international competition for the opportunity to host the ESHRE conference. This success is the result of long, close cooperation among different actors in the sector.  Helsinki is the 20th most popular congress city in the world, and this will not be the only international congress and major event that Messukeskus will host in the coming years,” says Congress Manager Susanne Massingberd-Roinila of Messukeskus.  

ESHRE will be the largest conference in Messukeskus in the near future. The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology was founded in the 1980s by Nobel Prize Winner and in vitro fertilisation pioneer Robert G. Edwards with his French colleague Jean Cohen. The first conference was held in Bonn in 1985. Since then, the event has brought together an increasing number of embryologists, geneticists and other professionals in the field, establishing its position as the sector's leading event globally. This summer's event will be held in Munich.  

Messukeskus promotes Finnish welfare by enabling profitable face-to-face encounters at meetings, congresses, fairs and other events. In 2013, Messukeskus hosted over 1,400 meetings and congresses and attracted more than 1,1 million visitors to the various events. Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre, contains more than 40 meeting rooms of different sizes and the 4,400-person Amfi Hall.

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