We worked with the local organising committee from bid stage to help secure the International Complement Societies Workshop into the UK. After many years, and some COVID-19 related delays, the date was finally set for 2023 and Newcastle upon Tyne became the location, with Newcastle University hosting. The event spanned six days, with an initial teaching day, bringing over 350 complement academics and students into the region.
We supported the ICS committee and local organising committee from managing sponsorship, ticket sales and registrations, alongside curating a social programme including a welcome reception at BALTIC, Gala Dinner at the Civic Centre, LOC dinner at Blackfriars, a quiz at the coast, Wylam Brewery tour, and St James Park tour. We also managed the keynote travel arrangements, abstract booking system, facilitating the scoring and approvals with system to create a full programme of oral speakers and poster presentations, including digital posters.
BeaconHouse Events managed the onsite experience from greeting, registration, venue liaison, catering and AV.
Please accept our congratulations on an outstanding 29th ICW in Newcastle.
Also, accept our gratitude for all the hard work you have done – it was wonderful, scientifically, and ‘emotionally’.
So many people expressed during and after the meeting how well it all went and what a great time they had.
Although we all know that hybrid meetings will likely be part of our future, this nice meeting showed that in-person meetings and discussion have still the biggest impact.
President of ICW, Claudia Kemper