The Belfast WaterfrontEuropean Congress on Personalised Medicine, Belfast 2017
Personalising Your Health: A Global Imperative!
The Congress will be held at The Belfast Waterfront.
As the name suggests, the complex is situated beside the city’s river, the Lagan. (The name ‘lagan’ comes form the Irish Abhainn an Lagáin, meaning “river of the low-lying district” or, in Ulster Scots, Lagan Wattèr.)
The river runs 53.5 miles (86 km) from the Slieve Croob mountain in County Down, to Belfast where it enters Belfast Lough, an inlet of the Irish Sea.
Belfast was granted city status in 1888 and was the centre of the Irish linen, tobacco processing, and rope-making industries. It also gained a worldwide reputation for shipbuilding through Harland and Wolff, which built the famously doomed RMS Titanic.
A major port, the Northern Ireland capital remains a centre for industry, plus the arts, higher education, business and law, and is the economic engine of the country. In latter years, since the end of ‘the Troubles’ which affected it badly, Belfast has undergone significant regeneration and expansion.
It is served by two airports – the George Best Belfast City Airport, and Belfast International Airport. The former is a one-runway airport in the city itself while the larger, latter airport is 15 miles (24km) to the west of the centre.
The new, expanded Congress venue itself is a 7,000m2 purpose-built conference facility. It opened its doors at the end of April 2016, on time and on budget.
The Waterfront Hall describes itself as ‘one of Belfast’s landmark buildings’ in its field with the flexible event space being used for conferences, exhibitions and an all-embracing variety of business events.
It offers locally inspired cuisine, a warm welcome, and stunning views across the river.
On top of its other facilities, the Waterfront has 17 meeting rooms, gallery and bar areas, plus two exterior terraces with stunning riverside views.
The expansion programme was funded by Belfast City Council, Tourism Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund, under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland, and administered by Tourism Northern Ireland.