The ICIS World Base Oils Conference (23-24 February 2012) broke all records again, with 607 delegates from 55 countries. The new venue, at London's Hilton Metropole, was enormous, with the conference hall the size of football pitch and the networking coffee area the same size again on the floor below.
The last time the Blog was in that hotel, then known as the Metropole (next to Edgware Road underground station), it seemed like a small low-key kind of place, but now it is huge, covering a whole city block and is apparently the largest conference hotel in London.
Everything about the conference was huge, with a list of sponsors as long as your arm. The keynote speakers were top-notch, of the type rarely seen at business events, with some stimulating ideas about sustainability, corporate social responsibility, debt, inflation and growth.
For coverage of the speakers' papers and other news from the event, see ICIS news.