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Leicester to welcome delegates from 21 countries to international IAMCR conference

Leicester will welcome delegates from the UK and 21 separate countries in Europe and worldwide when the International Association for Media and Communication (IAMCR) Conference takes place in the city at the University of Leicester from 27-31 July 2016. Up to 1,500 delegates are expected to attend the conference, bringing an estimated economic value of £½ million to the local economy.

IAMCR is the preeminent worldwide professional organisation in the field of media and communication research. The global event will be hosted on campus at University of Leicester with plenary sessions also held at De Montfort Hall. The bid to host the conference was secured by the University of Leicester in partnership with Leicester Shire Promotions, and is being managed by the local organising committee in partnership with Holland Alexander, Leicester Shire Promotions and the University of Leicester conference office.

Delegates will represent countries including: UK, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Australia, USA, Chile, China, Qatar, Egypt, South Africa, Japan and Uruguay.

Professor Peter Lunt, Chair of the IAMCR 2016 Local Organising Committee and Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester, commented: “The Department of Media and Communication is delighted to be hosting colleagues and friends from around the world as part of our celebration of 50 years of media research at the University of Leicester.”

Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Promotions, said: "The IAMCR conference is the latest in a growing series of events that we have supported and the biggest to date. By working with the University of Leicester to secure the hosting of this prestigious international conference in Leicester, we are really cementing our position and reputation as a destination for large scale meetings and events.”

The conference theme for 2016 is Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward, which ties in well with University of Leicester celebrating 50 years since the founding of the Centre for Mass Communication Research, which played a central role in the development of the field of media and communication. The Centre's founder, James Halloran, was IAMCR President from 1972-1990 and the Department continues to have strong links with the Association.

IAMCR’s 2016 conference will be taking place at University of Leicester from 27–31 July 2016 and registration for the event is open now. The conference is open to IAMCR members as well as non-members and students can register at a discounted rate. Full information can be found on the 2016 conference website by visiting