Tallinn. The 37th Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association (EAA), a large-scale gathering held in Tallinn last May, has won the Estonian Convention Bureau's prestigious 'Conference of the Year' award. The event's co-organisers, the University of Tartu's Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and the Estonian Business School, received the award from Tallinn Deputy Mayor Arvo Sarapuu and ECB Chairman Feliks Mägus at a ceremony in Tallinn on January 14.
As many as 1,212 delegates from 48 countries attended the EAA conference, which was held May 21-23 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia and the nearby Estonian Business School. The complex event involved 25 parallel sessions over three days and a total of 725 oral presentations. The EAA conference beat out eight other nominees for the award, garnering the most points in a vote by all 28 ECB members.
ECB Managing Director said that choosing this year's winner was particularly difficult as 2014 was an exceptional year for large conferences held in the country. Over the year, Estonia saw three major conferences with delegate numbers exceeding 1,000.
Another award, the 'Largest Association Conference of the Year' was also handed out at the ceremony, with the title going to the International Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, held in September. That event, organised by the Estonian Sleep Medicine Association, pulled in approximately 1,500 delegates.