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Belfast Waterfront hosts SESAM for the first time

Over 700 health care professionals attended the first ever Annual Meeting of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) hosted by Belfast Waterfront Conference and Exhibition Centre.

The 3-day event focused on the latest advances and innovations in medical simulation for assessment and training.

Growth in this sector has exploded over the past 20 years with Queen`s University Belfast alongside other leading institutes playing a crucial role in driving innovation. A proposed new state of the art Simulation Centre and Virtual Hospital at Queen`s will uniquely position the city in the UK and Ireland to spearhead developments in simulation based training and research.

Its prominent position within the industry and accessibility made Belfast the logical choice as the host city for SESAM 2015. And indeed there was only one venue in Northern Ireland`s capital city which could accommodate a large delegation with ease, as well offer the perfect setting to discuss scientific, educational, and many other aspects of Simulation in Healthcare – namely Belfast Waterfront.

The venue`s size, excellent audio visual technology, city centre location and ease of access to hotels provided a winning combination for the event organisers. Furthermore, its location beside the River Lagan gave delegates a `bird’s-eye view` of a major simulated water rescue event ahead of the conference.

Dr Jim Murray, Director of the Clinical Skills Education Centre at Queen`s University expressed his delight with the entire experience and acknowledged the vital role the Belfast Waterfront team played in creating a fantastic experience: `The whole experience was first class - I couldn`t speak highly enough of the team at Belfast Waterfront. All the staff were very friendly and nothing was too much effort. Especially when it came to unloading and loading of the high-end medical equipment... it was flawless.`

`All in all, the centre created the perfect setting for this community to connect with key players. A stunning auditorium, glass fronted galleries and outstanding catering – added the all important wow factor to the whole experience.`

The positive feedback didn`t stop there. Delegates from Europe and further afield were `blown away by the whole experience` commenting that Belfast was one of most happening places at the moment. Delegates enjoyed a vibrant social programme in the city, perfect for making new acquaintances and catching up with old friends.

With the opening of its new 7,000m2 world class conference centre in Spring 2016, Belfast Waterfront is set to host many more medical conferences. Future events will benefit from even greater flexibility and more choice, with the addition of two interconnecting halls measuring over 2,500m2, meeting rooms accommodating up to 200 delegates and a 660m2 foyer. The new Waterfront development will excel technically, offering the kind of flexible space and facilities that event organisers today`s demand.

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