A leading scientist from the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) was recognised at this week’s 2018 Belfast Ambassador Award for bringing a major event to the city.

Prof. Nicolae Corcionivoschi won the award for his successful efforts in applying for Northern Ireland to host an important science conference next year.

Prof. Corcionivoschi successfully lobbied for the 20th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms (CHRO) to be brought to Northern Ireland in 2019.

The Ambassador Award, which is led by Visit Belfast, recognises the efforts of Belfast’s academic, medical and business leaders who help bring major events and conferences to the city, and the CHRO conference was considered to be its biggest coup for 2019./colored_box]

Prof. Corcionivoschi, head of food microbiology at AFBI, said: “I am very pleased to have won this award on behalf of AFBI, and to be recognised by Visit Belfast and the local community.”

“All of this would have not been possible without strong international collaborations and attracting CHRO to Belfast will allow us to showcase our expertise and further place AFBI as a thought leader in this hugely important area,” he added.

The CHRO workshop, which takes place every two years, is considered one of the most important conferences on bacteria and microorganisms, and usually attracts 500 global visitors.

These include experts in the field, government and policy officials from various countries, industry representatives, vets and doctors.

Prof. Corcionivoschi himself is a frequenter of these meetings. He added: “Over the past 10 years I have attended the CHRO meetings and they have had a huge impact on my career.”

He went on to thank Visit Belfast for helping to bring the conference to Northern Ireland, saying: “Organising such an Important event requires a significant time investment, and the help provided by Visit Belfast for the last year has been tremendously valuable.”