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MEETinLEEDS celebrates success after the UK Congress on Obesity 2019

16 October 2019

MEETinLEEDS, the award-winning conference facilities for the University of Leeds, is celebrating success following the UK Congress on Obesity (UKCO), the Association for the Study of Obesity’s (ASO) annual flagship meeting. Attracting over 200 attendees from all over the country and the world, the conference gave leading researchers, clinicians and patient organisations a platform to share their recent findings, collaborate with like-minded attendees and pave the way for future research and new schools of thought

Communication Matters celebrates winners of AAC Awards 2019 with MEETinLEEDS

14 October 2019

The very first Communication Matters AAC Awards 2019 took place at the University of Leeds on Friday 11th October, as part of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness month. As the first of its kind, the awards ceremony celebrated the individuals,that use all forms of communication, their families, as well as the companies and professionals that provide support in these areas.

Well Met welcomes British Water’s Data: Now & Beyond conference to Cloth Hall Court, Leeds

30 September 2019

Well Met, the conferencing office of Leeds Beckett University, welcomes British Water to Cloth Hall Court for the first time (Wednesday, 9 October) for its national Data: Now & Beyond conference, that will provide the water industry with valuable insights into how the sector can manage data more effectively and, ultimately, provide a better service to customers.

Putting pen to paper: MEETinLEEDS celebrates success of writing retreat

23 July 2019

MEETinLEEDS, the conference facilities of the University of Leeds, is celebrating the success of the recent writing retreat, Mslexicon, which welcomed over 200 delegates to the beautiful Devonshire Hall in Leeds, last weekend.

MEETinLEEDS welcomes experts to the UK’s most popular health conference of the year

18 July 2019

MEETinLEEDS, the conference facilities of the University of Leeds, welcomes academics to the city for the UK’s most prestigious and popular health IT leadership event, Digital Summer School. Welcoming over 450 delegates from all over the world, the conference will aim to shape the future direction of NHS IT, as well as provide networking opportunities and personal development within the sector.

Well Met hosts Regional NUS Lead and Change Conference at the Rose Bowl Leeds

12 July 2019

Well Met, the conference office of Leeds Beckett University, will host the National Union of Students (NUS) flagship training event Lead and Change, North Conference at the Rose Bowl city campus (30th July – 1st August 2019).

Find Leeds’ Medieval Marvels this summer!

28 June 2019

For the 26th year, the International Medieval Congress is coming to the University of Leeds - bringing medieval experts together for a series of discussions, demonstrations and debates. The congress also offers the chance for the public to get involved on its final day; where a medieval market serving historically inspired street food, a full medieval craft fair and medieval demonstrations will take place.

Robots return to Leeds for the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons conference

13 May 2019

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating a new conference win for the city, as the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting (ALSGBI) returns to Leeds for the first time in over ten years. The Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons Conference will take place at The Royal Armouries from the 13th to the 15th November 2019 and will bring together over 250 international delegates to promote teaching and training in robotic and laparoscopic surgery, more commonly known as key-hole surgery.

“Leeds had more tech events that week than San Francisco”

26 April 2019

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating Leeds’ thriving digital sector strength following the immense success of the recent Leeds Digital Festival. The event, which is the North’s largest digital festival, was held in April 2018 and is a city-wide, open platform celebration of all things digital. Taking place over two weeks, with 660 speakers, 400 companies involved and a total of 20,000 attendees, this year’s event was the biggest yet.

Record numbers predicted for CHS19 and economic impact set to break £1/2 Million barrier

25 April 2019

Organisers behind the Conference & Hospitality Show (CHS19) are predicting a record-breaking number of exhibitors, event space and visitors for its tenth-anniversary show, on Tuesday 30th April, at first direct arena, Leeds.

Leeds event empowers women in tech this International Women’s Day

8 March 2019

A sold out event, aimed at celebrating the contributions of women in the digital, science and technology industries, is being hosted in Leeds to celebrate International Women’s Day this March.

Leeds Announced As Rugby League World Cup 2021 Host

29 January 2019

Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has today announced the chosen host towns, cities and venues for the tournaments taking place in England in two years’ time.

Well Met proud to be part of Leeds Business Week

2 October 2018

Well Met, the conference office for Leeds Beckett University, is proud to be hosting several key events as part of Leeds Business Week (Monday 8 October – 12 October). The event (now in its sixth year) created by premier business networking organisation, The Yorkshire Mafia, features over 100 masterclasses, seminars and tutorials across 30 venues citywide and has become an important part of the Leeds business calendar.

Proving communication matters: world renowned eye gaze artist attends conference in the city

10 September 2018

MEETinLEEDS was delighted to have world renowned eye gaze artist, Sarah Ezekiel, as a plenary speaker at Communication Matters’ recent conference. Communication Matters held its Annual International ACC Conference at the University of Leeds on 9th – 11th September 2018, with over 400 delegates in attendance.

Manufacturing celebration in Leeds with exciting new festival

4 September 2018

ConferenceLeeds, is shining a spotlight on the city’s manufacturing sector in the build-up to an exciting new manufacturing festival taking place in October 2018.

Well Met Hosts 13th Annual IEEC Conference at Leeds Beckett’s Rose Bowl

30 August 2018

Well Met, the conferencing office of Leeds Beckett University is pleased to host the 13th annual International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC2018) at the Rose Bowl Campus from Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th September.

It’s all about tech! Leeds welcomes over 600 delegates to the First Direct Arena

28 August 2018

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating the continuous success of digital events in Leeds as digitech18 comes to the city on the 31st October 2018. The event, which is organised by Crown Commercial Service, the UK’s largest public procurement organisation, and Public Sector Connect, will be held at major entertainment venue first direct Arena and will see over 600 delegates visit the city as a result.

Leeds to host King’s Fund 2018 healthy cities conference

17 July 2018

With Leeds rated as one of the best cities for health and wellbeing, on Tuesday 17 July it will host a major conference looking at how healthy populations can be sustained in a world where for the first time ever, most people now live in cities*.

MEETinLEEDS celebrates hosting a record-breaking success of Food Colloids Conference, as internation

14 June 2018

MEETinLEEDS is celebrating the success of the recent 17th Food Colloids Conference: Application of Soft Matter Concepts, which took place between 8th – 11th April 2018 at the University of Leeds. MEETinLEEDS collaborated with the School of Food Science and Nutrition to welcome 300 delegates from 29 nations who attended the conference to expand and exchange knowledge in Food Colloids. The event marked the return of the conference to the UK after 14 years and was a major success, with a record-breaking number of high quality posters in the conferences’ history.

Leeds welcomes 3,000 delegates to the city with the largest Medieval Congress in Europe

13 June 2018

ConferenceLeeds is joining with the rest of Leeds, in celebrating a major international annual conference return for the city. The International Medieval Congress (IMC), based at the University of Leeds, takes place between 2-5 July 2018 at the University and will see nearly 3,000 medievalists from 66 countries visit Leeds – the largest IMC in its history.

Leeds to welcome Royal College of Anaesthetists for annual event set to inspire future generations

7 June 2018

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating the city’s continuous healthcare sector success, as the city has been chosen to host the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ (RCoA) annual training meeting, which will be held between 14th –15th June 2018. The event, which anticipates approximately 400 anaesthetists to gather at the New Dock Conference Centre on Clarence Dock, aims to improve the quality of postgraduate training in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Medicine administration.

MEETinLEEDS unites leading researchers in structural molecular biology for an international conferen

22 May 2018

MEETinLEEDS is celebrating another successful event, following the recent Astbury Conversation, which took place at the University of Leeds 16th – 17th April 2018. The conference, which welcomed over 500 attendees, is designed to give an insight into life in molecular detail and welcomes any attendee, from a researcher keen to understand the latest developments to those simply interested in learning more about the world of macromolecules.

CHS Awards 2018 announce shortlist

24 April 2018

CHS Group is excited to reveal the shortlisted nominees for the 2018 CHS Awards. The annual awards will take place on 31 May at The Principal Hotel in Manchester.

The digital hub of the North: ConferenceLeeds celebrates the return of Leeds Digital Festival

9 April 2018

Leeds is one of the most innovative digital hubs in the UK, now being home to over 3,500 digital and technology companies across a range of industries. Furthermore, Leeds now has a digital GVA of £688 million with a growth potential of 92% , and the upcoming Leeds Digital Festival will further shine a spotlight on the city’s digital strengths. With less than a week to go until the Festival, ConferenceLeeds highlights some of the exciting events that those attending can look forward to.

Spotlight Blog Interview: Samme Allen, Chairman of Judges for CHS Awards 2018

5 April 2018

We are counting down the days until the annual CHS Awards on the 31st of May in Manchester.

Now in its fourth year, the glittering awards ceremony is a fun-filled evening celebrating the best of the UK’s hotels, venues and event suppliers.

Conference and Hospitality Show 2018 returns to rock Leeds with brand new exhibitors and industry me

19 March 2018

The Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS18) is returning on Tuesday 24 April to Leeds first direct arena. The flagship show for CHS Group is set for its biggest year yet, with 35 per cent of the exhibitors being brand new additions for 2018.

Leeds chosen as the Northern Pilot for U3A’s new programme of workshops

26 January 2018

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating Leeds being selected as the Northern pilot destination for a new range of workshops from the national charity U3A (University of the Third Age). The initial event will take place on the 12th and 13th February 2018 at the Met Hotel. This is the first of a new programme of training advice and networking opportunities run by the U3A national body – the Third Age Trust – who look after and support the movement’s 1,018 U3As.

The Conference and Hospitality Show contributes over half a million pounds to local economy

28 March 2017

The Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS), one of the UK’s leading events for venue finders, event organisers and PAs, contributes over half a million pounds to the local economy, an economic impact study has found.

From Corrie to Cheese: Sean Wilson revealed as Conference and Hospitality Show Keynote Speaker

17 February 2017

Sean Wilson, the award-winning cheese maker and former Coronation Street actor will be delivering the keynote speaker session at the Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS) on Tuesday 4th April in Leeds.

Leeds fight off stiff competition to secure Teach First Conference once again

19 January 2017

Working in partnership with the University of Leeds and first direct Arena, Well Met Conferencing, the conferencing office for Leeds Beckett University are delighted to announce that they have won the contract to host the Teach First Summer Institute in July 2017 and 2018.

Visitor Registration opens for the Conference and Hospitality Show 2017

16 January 2017

Visitor registration and hosted buyer applications for the Conference and Hospitality Show have opened at

The Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS) is one of the UK’s leading events for venue finders, event organisers and PAs; the show connects over 200 national suppliers with over 800 event buyers from across the UK. Now in its eighth year, the 2017 show will be held on Tuesday 4th April at the first direct arena, Leeds.

Leeds’ healthcare sector shines as British Association of Indian Anaesthetists heads to the city

14 September 2016

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating its healthcare sector this month, after announcing that the British Association of Indian Anaesthetists (BAOIA) has selected the city for its 2016 conference on the 30th September and 1st October. The conference is expected to bring approximately 200 national delegates to Leeds from across the medical and healthcare sectors.

Airmic brings 1,700 national and international delegates to Harrogate for first Yorkshire conference

26 August 2016

Leading insurance and risk management company, Airmic, brought its 2016 conference to Harrogate in June, the first time the annual event has ever been held in Yorkshire.

National Apprenticeship show signs with Yorkshire Event Centre

26 August 2016

The Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC) and NAS Media have signed a contract for a new ‘National Apprenticeship Show, Yorkshire and the North East’.

Following the success of their launch shows earlier this year, NAS Media will be holding their event in the new £11m Hall 1 at the YEC. ‘The National Apprenticeship Show Yorkshire and the North East’ will be taking place on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th March 2017.

Nationwide campaign comes to Leeds to inspire the next generation into Hospitality and Tourism

3 August 2016

The Leeds Hotels and Venues Association is delighted to announce that The Big Hospitality Conversation will be coming to Leeds on 26th September at the Queens Hotel, Leeds. This will be the first time that the event has come to the city as part of a nationwide campaign by the British Hospitality Association, which looks to create up to 60,000 hospitality jobs for young people by the end of 2016.