The Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen is the venue for Carbon 2006, the International Carbon Conference, between the 16 and 21 July.
Over 450 delegates are registered to attend the six day event, which is being held at RGU’s Schoolhill campus and hosted by The British Carbon Group (BCG). It is expected that the conference will bring around Â£1 million to the local economy. The Conference rotates annually between Europe, the USA and Asia. Last year it was in Seoul, Korea. This year’s meeting is the ninth to take place in the UK, but the first to be held in Scotland. The last time the conference was held in the UK was in Newcastle, in 1996. Local Conference Chairman is Professor R H Bradley from RGU School of Engineering. He said “It is a great honour to host this meeting which will bring nearly five hundred scientists and engineers into the University. RGU has a strong research presence in the field of carbon science and our work will be well represented at the Conference. “In terms of organisation, it is five years since our bid won the competition to host the meeting and since then we have put together an excellent Conference package which includes a private viewing at Aberdeen Art Gallery, an evening reception at Crathes Castle and a Conference dinner at Ardoe House. “Since this is such a large meeting we also have a dedicated Conference Manager, Dr Anthony Wickham of The BCG who is there to make sure that everything goes to plan.”The event will feature a range of topics from atomic scale modelling of graphite to the adsorption on carbon-related materials, with talks by a host of international Carbon specialists from all over the world. The opening speaker will be Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Harry Kroto, who received the prestigious prize jointly with colleagues in the USA for the discovery of so-called ‘Buckyballs’, a completely new spherical form of carbon which is completely different to the two then known graphite and diamond structures.Conference sessions will cover numerous topics including carbon adsorbents, carbon fibres, carbon reactivity and catalysis and the environmental applications of carbon. This year the Conference will also incorporate NanoteC’06, the International Conference on Nanotechnology in Carbon and related materials which was started several years ago by The British Carbon Group. The Aberdeen Convention Bureau played an important role in securing the event to Aberdeen and has also been involved in the planning stages of the event. Jacky Selway, Business Tourism Manager at the Aberdeen Convention Bureau comments, “Our involvement with Carbon 2006 has included providing coach costings, entertainment contacts, tours, gifts, sponsorship and conference dinner quotes. We will also be providing conference literature and staffing a stand at the exhibition.”“We are delighted to welcome the international carbon scientists to Aberdeen for their Annual Conference. The fact that the International Carbon Conference organisers chose Aberdeen as the destination city for their conference confirms that the city is a prime location for large conferences and events.”For more information about the Aberdeen Convention Bureau or the Ambassador Programme telephone 01224 288815 or visit www.aberdeenconferences.com
Author: Lyndsay Aitken
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