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Balancing the needs of community, elite and university facilities, 17-18 April 2024 in Edinburgh
Seminar and visit of Edinburgh sports facilities

17. - 18.04.2024
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The seminar will showcase recently developed facilities of regional and national significance in Edinburgh including the new Meadowbank Sports Centre and Oriam, Scotland’s National Performance Centre for Sport. It will also explore the Scottish sporting environment and future issues affecting delivery of sports projects.

The event will focus on the design development and delivery of these two major sporting facilities as well exploring issues in managing the operation of these, and other sports facilities in Scotland, including the challenges of balancing the needs of community, elite sport and universities. It will be an opportunity to hear directly from the teams that have developed, delivered, and are operating these and other similar facilities.

As with all IAKS events, it provides a great networking opportunity for exchange of knowledge and ideas on the development of leading sports facilities. 


The event itself will run from 3pm to 5:30pm on the 17th at Meadowbank Sports Centre, with a full day on the 18th of April, at Oriam, from 10am – 4pm. There will be a social drinks and dinner event on the evening of the 17th of April, in central Edinburgh, and networking drinks at Oriam at the end of the day on the 18th.

Why attend?

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The conference will be a mix of seminars and building visit plus the socializing events. 

It is planned to host an informal drinks/meal gathering the night before. This is open to all but would be great to meet existing and potential new members.

The IAKS UK event will be of interest to anyone involved in the commissioning, design, construction and management of community, elite and university facilities, with a particular focus on current issues in Scotland, as well as the wider UK. The event is open to IAKS members and non-members.

This is a great opportunity to network and gain a better understanding on planning and operating community, elite and university facilities.

Networking dinner 17 April

The networking dinner will be taking place at „The Doric.Tavern“, Edinburgh’s oldest gastro-pub, in a buffet style catering, with a Scottish flavour (Mini Chicken Wings, Haggis Bon Bons, Homemade Chips, Bread and Olives, Selection of Sandwiches, Garlic Bread, Mini Cullen Skink, Cheesecake).

Date: 17 April

Time: 7:30 – 11pm

Place: The Doric, 15-16 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE (

Our group will have exclusive use of the upstairs restaurant.


Price per person (excluding drinks): GBP 20 (EUR 23.50)

For logistics reasons, please register for the networking dinner, in the same way as the seminar itself. Please go to the registration portal and choose the item „networking dinner“.

Register now! Only few places left!


Registration fees
  Regular (starting 18 March)
IAKS members EUR 120 (GBP 99)
Public sector EUR 140 (GBP 120)
Non-members EUR 175 (GBP 150)
Students EUR 40 (GBP 35)
Networking dinner EUR 23.50 (GBP 20)

Cancellations are free of charge until two weeks before the seminar,  after which a cancellation fee of 50% will be charged.

Students are kindly requested to submit their certificate of enrolement.

Thanks to our partner

17 April: Meadowbank Sports Centre
18 April: ORIAM
Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh Campus
Edinburgh EH14 4AS
United Kingdom (UK)

55.9082, -3.31504

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