World medical experts come to town for “quintessentially English” conference

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Buxton was chosen as “the quintessential English town” to host an international conference which boosted the local economy by £100,000.

World-leading medical experts choose a different country for each of their biennial International Forum for Back and Neck Pain Research events—and try to find a venue which best reflects the host nation.

Last week they arrived at the University of Derby’s Buxton Campus.

Christine Sweetmore, business development manager at the Devonshire Dome, said: “They wanted a quintessential English town, which is why they chose Buxton.

“The last conference of this type was held in Brazil, overlooking the World Cup final stadium, so it really showcases Buxton to an international audience.”

More than 250 delegates from 15 countries spent three nights in Buxton, bringing trade to local shops and restaurants estimated at £100,000.

They met in the Dome to discuss the latest developments in their field, and enjoyed a reception at Chatsworth, home of the University of Derby’s chancellor, the Duke of Devonshire.

The Forum was hosted by the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences at Keele University.

One of their organisers described Buxton as a fantastic venue: “The best thing about it is that everything is so close together. You can walk everywhere, making quite green.”

University of Derby culinary students aided the catering, while events management students helped with the organisation.

More conferences are planned for Buxton, including the national Association of Events Management Educators in July.