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AAIC celebrates most successful gathering with record breaking attendance

Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017

Event overview

In 2017, ExCeL hosted the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. The annual research conference is largest and most influential international meeting dedicated to advancing dementia science. The event convenes the world's leading basic science and clinical researchers, next generation investigators, clinicians and the care research community to share breaking research discoveries that will lead to preventions, treatments and improvements in diagnosis for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias 

Record breaking attendance

It was AAIC’s first time in the capital and it celebrated its most successful gathering ever, following its 2017 event in London, welcoming more than 5,600 attendees from 68 different countries. This is a testament to London’s and ExCeL capabilities to host large events and to what can be achieved when working closely with our partners, such as London & Partners.




different countries represented


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featured research sessions


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An event to remember

On the opening day of the conference, the Alzheimer’s Association and ExCeL played host to a London themed reception. TFI Group, together with Lodestar, transformed ExCeL's event halls into an interactive, immersive London experience, with areas including Covent Garden, Carnaby Street, Big Ben and Downing Street.  Entertainers such as palace guards, street performers and a Queen impersonator brought the experience to life, alongside double-decker buses and iconic black cabs.

The event also saw the lighting up of the Coca-Cola London Eye. All 6,000 LED lights were switched to purple, the colour of the Alzheimer’s Association, to celebrate the conference taking place in the city and to raise awareness of the challenges brought by the disease.

“We are grateful to ExCeL and the City of London for serving as fantastic hosts for an extremely successful conference. We were thrilled to see such an incredible attendance, and know that the new research shared will have a lasting impact around the globe.”

Darren Mendola, Senior Director, Conference Services at the Alzheimer's Association


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