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Scottish university launches world's first International Centre for Events


Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh today (21 Aug 08) announced that it will be opening the world’s first International Centre for the Study of Planned Events.

The new Centre will conduct research to advance the formation of government policy and promote industry sustainability in the field of planned events such as festivals, fairs, conferences and meetings.

The Centre, which will be based in Edinburgh at the new Queen Margaret University campus, was formed following comprehensive research endorsed by 75 government, event industry, and UK and international leaders.

Formerly from the USA, Dr Joe Goldblatt, an international leading figure in the field of events management and now at Queen Margaret University, is tasked with directing the new Centre.

He said: “It will provide governments, industry and other stakeholders in the planned events field with much needed resources for advancing study in this rapidly growing field of professional practice.”

Professor Mike Donnelly, Dean of the School of Business, Enterprise and Management at Queen Margaret University, said: This new Centre will be led by a world renowned academic researcher and practitioner responsible for producing hundreds of events for luminaries including two USA presidents. Dr Goldblatt will be supported by an impressive team of academic researchers in the field of tourism, hospitality and events.

Expressing his aims for the new centre, Professor Donnelly said: “It will assist the festival and events industry to identify predictable, reliable and sustainable funding. It will also provide evidence of how planned events can promote social cohesion, improved educational and health outcomes, sustainable environmental advancement as well as bringing economic benefits to society.”

The Centre will act as a consultancy; develop products and services to benefit the events industry; and offer tailored training programmes for government and well as other organisations.

Queen Margaret University will announce The Centre’s full programme of work this autumn. 

For further information about the International Centre for the Study of Planned Events call Joe Goldblatt on tel: 0131 474 0000, Email or visit:


Notes to Editor

  • The Centre’s executive director,  Dr. Joe Goldblatt, is the author, co author and editor of 19 books in the field of event management. Goldblatt has received the highest awards in the events industry including recently being named Educator of the Year by the Professional Convention Management Association and induction into the events prestigious International Festivals and Events  Association Hall of Fame.
  • The Centre will benefit from input from a distinguished advisory board comprised of international luminaries in the field of planned events.
  • The new Centre was launched today (21 st Aug) with a public lecture presented by Jean McFaddin, executive producer of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, known to be one of America’s biggest and best loved events.


  • Queen Margaret University is dedicated to delivering vocational and professionally relevant education, research and consultancy which ultimately enhances people's lives.   


Distributed to media on 21 August 2009






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