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The Estonian Convention Bureau’s annual ‘Conference of the Year’ awards ceremony took place in Tallinn on January 13, with the top prize going to 25th Nordic Baltic Congress of Cardiology.

Organised by PCO Conference Expert, the large-scale medical gathering brought 632 cardiologists, researchers and other experts to the Swissôtel Tallinn in early June. It beat out 14 other nominees to win the award.

The gala awards ceremony was held at the newly-opened Tallinn Creative Hub, a one-of-a-kind venue built into a former power station, with the city’s Deputy Mayor, Arvo Sarapuu, handing out the honours.

This year’s candidates list included a record 22 entries, compared with just nine last year, thanks to changes to the format allowing members of its Ambassador programme, as well as universities and research institutes, to make nominations.

Other upgrades to this year’s ceremony were the addition of a ‘Most Innovative Conference’ award, won by the JCI Nordic Inspiration Conference held in August, and a ‘Successful Bidder’ award, taken home by Priit Halberg. The latter was recognised for bringing the OIDFA World Lace Congress to Tartu in 2020, with 1,000 delegates expected to attend.

The ECB kicked off its ‘Conference of the Year’ award in 2011, with each year’s winners chosen by a vote of all its members.