Edinburgh International Conference Centre has secured a prestigious health conference that it is claimed will bring £3.3 million into the Scottish economy and help reinforce the country's global research and professional standing.

The EICC beat several other European cities to host 2,000 experts for the World One Health Congress, a four-day conference on tackling infectious diseases in humans and animals such as Ebola.

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Above: Dr Neil Anderson of Edinburgh University talking to vets taking part in a course in India.

Backers said the news bolsters Scotland's position as one of the world’s leading hubs for medical and health expertise, and is a significant win for Convention Edinburgh, EICC and the city's medical and veterinary community.

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Professor Anna Meredith, of Edinburgh University and a key bid team member, said the 2020 congress, which will connect experts and foster collaboration and investment, would be "showcasing the work of Scotland’s world-leading collective of research institutes".

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, said: “Scotland and Edinburgh have a longstanding track record for excellence and innovation in research and development on animal and human health and well-being."

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Marshall Dallas, Chief Executive of the EICC, said: "We went head-to-head with a number of other major European cities to win the conference for Edinburgh, with the reputation of Scotland's capital as a centre for excellence in life sciences, and our city’s collaborative approach, helping to secure the bid."

Amanda Ferguson, of Marketing Edinburgh, said that "the positive impact of the congress will stretch beyond the event itself, fostering ongoing relationships, research and innovation, and creating a legacy effect".