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Derry~Londonderry wins bid to Host IASP World Congress 2019

15 September 2017

Visit Derry Conference Ambassadors Professor Siobhan O’Neill (Ulster University), Barry McGale (Suicide Bereavement UK) and Professor Rory O’Connor (University of Glasgow) in partnership with Visit Derry and Abbey Conference & Events have been successful in a bid to host the 30th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). The Derry~Londonderry bid was one of four shortlisted destinations including, Rome, Vienna and Piran (Slovenia) and after a competitive process the Executive committee have awarded the biennial World Congress to the city in 2019.

The five day conference on the 17-21 September 2019 is expected to attract over 600 International delegates to the city and generate an estimated £1.5m to the local economy.

Mayor of Derry and Strabane Councillor Maolíosa McHugh has pledged his support for the Congress.  He said: “I am delighted the city has been chosen to host the IASP world congress and am confident it will deliver an outstanding event. Hosting this hugely important congress will have a major impact on raising awareness of this difficult issue and greatly contribute to the ongoing efforts to tackle suicide and provide help and guidance to those in need of support.”

Professor O’Connor commented “As a native of Derry, I am delighted to have played a part in bringing the world’s largest suicide prevention conference to the city.  In addition to highlighting the latest evidence on suicide prevention research, policy and practice, the conference will also be a great opportunity for Derry and Northern Ireland to showcase the innovative work going on here. I also know that the people of Derry will give our international delegates an unforgettable welcome"

Professor O’Neill also commented "I'm delighted that IASP have chosen Derry-Londonderry as the location for this prestigious conference. I look forward to organising a conference which not only showcases excellent, impactful, suicide prevention research, but also produces positive benefits for those in the city and wider council area who work tirelessly to address this important problem"

Barry McGale said “I was honoured to co-present the bid for Derry to be the conference site for the 2019 IASP conference and delighted that we have been selected. It is well recognised our city has been to the fore in developing new ideas and projects in the field of suicide prevention. We are confident that delegates from around the world will have an opportunity to not only hear the latest research and clinical evidence to tackle this major public health issue but also experience our 'LegenDerry' welcome"
Aoife McHale, Business & Leisure Tourism Officer at Visit Derry commented “we congratulate our Ambassadors on their achievement in successfully competing against such prestigious international conference destinations to host a World Congress in the city. The majority of our conferences are secured through the Visit Derry Ambassador Network and we encourage anyone who is interested in hosting a conference to get in touch with Visit Derry. We look forward to working with the team to welcome the IASP delegates and deliver a world-class Congress in 2019”.