International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
IVU logo 35th World Vegetarian Congress
'Food for all our futures'

Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
July 8-14, 2002
Hosted by

The Vegetarian Society
of the United Kingdom

The International Vegetarian Union has organised a World Vegetarian Congress, on average every two years, since the first in 1908. The aim is to publicise and develop interest in the vegetarian diet, and to give vegetarians and aspiring vegetarians from different cultures an opportunity to meet together to explore new ideas and learn from each other.

The 35th Congress will be the first to be held in Scotland and will be hosted by The Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom. Established in 1847, the UK's Vegetarian Society is the oldest in the world and is also the only one to have its own cookery school - the Cordon Vert. Meals at the Congress will have a global theme to coincide with the latest cook book the Society is publishing in association with HarperCollins.

The Congress offers an opportunity to mix with like-minded people from around the world; to gain experience and information from top international speakers and workshop leaders and to spend an enjoyable week's holiday with no worries about food! In addition, a post-congress holiday is being organised to take advantage of the unique scenic and historic heritage of Scotland.

The location for the Congress is the idyllic campus of Heriot Watt University, complete with its own loch, woodlands and sculpture trail. Situated about 8 miles from the centre of Edinburgh, with a regular bus service, it combines superb facilities with a quiet and pleasant atmosphere. There are excellent links with the nearby Edinburgh International Airport and the main line railway station in Edinburgh city centre. Single, twin and double rooms are available, many en-suite, and the meeting facilities are of a very high standard.

The city of Edinburgh is a rare combination - a place bursting with life and energy (it's home to the Edinburgh Festival every year), yet rooted in hundreds of years of history. It's a beautiful, vibrant European city where every turn of a corner brings a new museum to explore or an architectural gem to admire. The city is also rich in art galleries and venues for performance arts, and has a number of extremely good vegetarian restaurants.

It is easy to reach from any part of the world and has rapidly become one of the top conference venues in the UK. It is also perfectly placed for a relaxing, enjoyable pre or post congress holiday.

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As the programme of speakers is by invitation only, anyone wishing to attend as a speaker should initially contact the Chief Executive at the address below, with a written proposal (communications in English only please)..

The Vegetarian Society, Parkdale, Dunham Rd, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 4QG, UK
Tel: 0161 925 2000; Fax: 0161 926 9182