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Global TED Summit picks Scotland as 2019 destination

Scotland has been named as the destination of next year’s TED Summit, which will take place from 21 – 25 July 2019.

The event will be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), and will bring together up to 1,300 members of the international TED community.

TED is a not for profit organisation devoted to spreading relevant and potentially impactful ideas. It began in 1984 and has expanded over time to cover a range of topics, from science to art, business and global issues.

Edinburgh was picked after a bid by the EICC, VisitScotland Business Events, Convention Edinburgh and Scottish Enterprise. They were backed by a large group of supporters including the Scottish Government, the University of Edinburgh, and the Edinburgh Science Festival, among others.

Edinburgh already has a wealth of experience in hosting and delivering world-class business events as well as being a centre for leading thinkers and innovators. The EICC previously hosted TEDGlobal from 2010-2012.

Bruno Giussani, global curator of TED and coordinator of TEDSummit, said: “For a big multi-day TED event we need a very specific type of location. It isn’t sufficient to just have a beautiful and strong theatre infrastructure – which the EICC provides.

“We look at the cultural atmosphere of the place, and at all the spaces we will use, including hotels, restaurants, events and celebration venues. Edinburgh offers this atmosphere in spades, and we look forward to bringing the TED community to town.”

First minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “With our history, culture and wealth of experience of hosting world leading festivals, Edinburgh is the ideal location for TEDSummit 2019.

“This international event will be an opportunity to show off Scotland as a home of innovation and of creativity, and to build on our reputation as a place to visit, to live and to develop new ideas.”