We are excited to be holding our 2018 Annual Meeting in Birmingham.

Birmingham is an incredibly diverse and exciting city – from British, West Indian, Irish, Indian, Pakistani and Eastern European – the diversity of the city’s residents brings a rich cultural mix to Birmingham. 30% of Birmingham’s residents are of minority ethnic origin and it is home to Europe’s first arts centre dedicated to developing and promoting African, Caribbean and Asian arts and culture.

And Birmingham is steeped in scientific and entrepreneural history – In the 18th century, for example, scientists, inventors and natural philosophers Erasmus Darwin, Matthew Boulton, James Watt, Joseph Priestley and Josiah Wedgwood would gather in Birmingham and engage in intellectual debates – their conversations were the brainpower behind the Industrial Revolution. The laboratories at Birmingham Science Park Aston to the creative hub of entrepreneurs and start-ups in Digbeth, Birmingham was named the UK’s most entrepreneurial city outside of London. People and businesses are joining together with boundless enthusiasm to do exactly what Watt and co started centuries ago.

Home to some of the best emerging talent in the country – from MOBO winner Laura Mvula, influential graffiti artist, Temper; film director Steven Knight to inspirational athletes such as Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmons. And then there’s Andris Nelsons, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Musical Director and one of the most sought after young conductors in the world – Birmingham is full of ambition.

The city itself is also full of excellent shopping opportunities with major retail, leisure and business hubs including the NEC, Brindleyplace, The Mailbox and Bullring just a few examples of the gutsy urban regeneration the city has become famed for – not forgetting the excellent Christmas Market!

We’re delighted to be using the Birmingham ICC for our meeting. For more information on Birmingham see the Visit Birmingham website.