Case Study - MCI

IHC 2019
Dawn of New Headache Treatments

Executive Summary

Our team was delighted to work with the International Headache Society (IHS) again on their biannual International Headache Congress (IHC). The 19th edition of the congress took place at The Convention Centre Dublin from 5 – 8 September 2019 and attracted the largest audience to date with 2,007 delegates from 80 countries.

The International Headache Society is the world’s leading membership organisation for those with a professional commitment to helping people affected by headache. The purpose of IHS is to advance headache science, education, and management, and promote headache awareness worldwide.

The congress brings together international professionals in the headache field to share knowledge and learn about the latest advances in headache treatment. It is an invaluable platform for showcasing advancements in treatment covering headache, migraine & neurology alongside industry partners’ new products or services.

Conference Snapshot

  • Largest audience to date with 2,007 delegates from 80 countries
  • 4th year as PCO partner
  • 33% increase in registration numbers since IHC 2017
  • 600+ abstracts submitted
  • 83% of 866 delegates engaged with the conference app
  • 96% of attendees rated the registration process as ‘Very Good’ or ‘Good’
  • 99% of attendees rated IHC 2019 as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’

The congress attracts a wide pool of interested clients and networks, making it an ideal environment to launch new products or services, as well as building brand and product exposure.

We experienced the highest ever attendance for over 10 years at the 2019 IHC.


The Venue – The Convention Centre Dublin

The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) was developed to provide a world-class conference venue in the heart of Ireland’s capital city. Located just 15 minutes from the airport in Dublin’s Docklands, the finance and technology hub of the city, the CCD is ideally positioned to entice the international business tourism market.

The CCD is situated on the riverside and looks over the River Liffey at Spencer Dock. Everything is within easy reach to the city thanks to the excellent transport network to hotels and popular tourist spots.

The exhibition was held in The Forum at the CCD. The Forum provided the perfect large space that housed the full congress exhibition and the scientific posters, granting excellent footfall to all exhibitor stands.

Programme and Content

In Dublin, delegates were presented with the most up to date research in basic and clinical science. We will provide a broad understanding of the scientific background of primary headache disorders, thus ensuring an exciting future for headache medicine.

4 Programme tracks encompassing:
Teaching Courses, Plenary Sessions – Parallel Sessions, Industry Symposia, Exhibition, AGM, Oral Communications, Cephalalgia Award Lecture, Awards, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Poster Walk and Social Activities.

Over 600 abstracts were submitted and these were presented as physical posters, digital oral abstracts.

Sponsorship & Exhibition

Sponsors – part of Corporate Advisory Roundtable Members:
Eli Lilly, Novartis, Teva; Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Allergan, Amgen, electroCore

The 2019 Congress provided a wealth of excellent sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for organisations involved in the field of headache and migraine. Including industry symposia opportunities, exhibition stand space and branded items that reached the highest audience numbers for the congress.


Includes testimonials from attendees and insights provided by the MCI team on working closely with IHS.

MCI has built a strong relationship with the scientific programme committee, the board and the full secretariat to bring leading research and patient care into a new dawn of new headache treatments.

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