Conference News April 2018 - Page 45

45 City Report It’s so interesting to work with experts across the city who lead the way in such a variety of areas-from child health technology to orthopaedics (it makes sense that the city that gave you steel also gives you joints!), healthcare technology, coeliac disease and gluten-related disorders… I could keep going. And we’re not just looking at attracting conferences. Some of our specialisms are so new we’re looking at creating events, too. Six of the best Sheffield City Hall: This Grade II listed building is a firm favourite for organisers. The venue seats 2,271 delegates and offers a variety of flexible event space in the heart of the city. FlyDSA Arena: Sheffield’s 12,500-seater Arena has hosted conferences and exhibitions on behalf of organisations such as HSBC and UCAS but is equally at home hosting major entertainment and sporting events. Our role as a bureau is even more focused on attracting events that support, develop and cement our intellectual capital. We are a city with a reputation for internationally recognised research in both of our universities, and across our teaching hospitals and the development of new research centres is fast paced. Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre is set to become the world's most advanced R&D centre for physical activity. It is making ground-breaking research into health problems like obesity and dementia. The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre specialises in aerospace, automotive and healthcare and has partnerships with Boeing, McLaren Automotive and Rolls Royce - exciting catalysts for winning events. • The EXTREME Destinations-led consortium is to deliver a 48-acre leisure complex at the former Ski Village, with phase 1 due in 2019. • Sheffield DocFest, the city's longest running festival, is marking its 25th anniversary and will bring 3,500 delegates from 60 countries. Speakers include Sir David Attenborough and Joanna Lumley. • The Association of Independent Festivals is bringing its annual conference and 500 delegates to Sheffield in the autumn. University of Sheffield: The Diamond Building is still making its mark with its modern architecture and seven lecture theatres. This is supported by a portfolio of venues including the 1,250-seater Octagon Centre, a boutique hotel and fine dining at Firth Court. history of Sheffield’s cutlery industry throughout the ages. Magna: Formerly one of the world’s largest steelworks, the venue now offers 4,000sqm of flexible space. Elements of the original building are still preserved adding a special feel to this blank canvas. Six quirky venues Sheffield Winter Garden: The largest temperate glasshouse in a European city centre. Its 22m tall arches tower over a collection of 2,500 tropical plants and it is a dramatic venue for receptions. The Mowbray: Opening in spring 2018, this new restoration in the fashionable Kelham Island District is a premium lifestyle venue that can host 200 seated and comes complete with a first floor roof garden and cocktail bar. Adelphi Suite at The Crucible: Panoramic venues of the city centre include a smaller space for private dining or small meetings at the world famous Crucible. Yorkshire Wildlife Park: Take your conference into the wild! Whether it’s an informal evening summer barbecue or a gala dinner for 300, let the views of the African plains or the amazing polar bears enhance your conference programme. Sheffield Hallam University: Central facilities for up to 446 delegates. The new STEM Atrium space is near the train station and connects to a large auditorium and hundreds of flexible meeting rooms. Sheffield Cathedral: Rapidly becoming a firm favourite for gala dinners and receptions, this historic landmark creates a real wow factor at the heart of the city. The Cutlers Hall: A venue steeped in history and grandeur and home to the Master Cutler. Famous for gala dinners, the space is adaptable for conferences up to 500. The smaller rooms suit drinks receptions and private dining and showcase the The Painted Hall at Chatsworth: Made for elegant champagne receptions, Chatsworth has a long tradition of inspirati onal entertaining and allows organisers to combine one of the UK’s leading Treasure Houses with their city conference. www.conference-news.co.uk