Melanoma Experts Examine Solutions in Brisbane

November 28, 2017

Melanoma Experts Examine Solutions in Brisbane

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) attracted melanoma experts from all over the world in the framework of the event that took place from October 18-21.

The world’s leading melanoma minds were among 1500 delegates who met in Brisbane to discuss the latest developments in the diagnosis, treatment and research of melanoma. With more than 1700 Australians dying of this type of cancer alone every year, the congress provides a global platform bringing together the world’s foremost researchers, medical practitioners and health professionals from 53 countries.

The congress was supported by Brisbane’s key convention partners, Brisbane Marketing and Tourism and Events Queensland, led by the team at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Prof Soyer, Congress Co-President, said the congress pushed forward new medical and scientific discoveries and treatment which would help transform melanoma prevention, diagnoses and treatment worldwide.

November 22, 2017

Melbourne Hits No 1 in Sustainability in Asia-Pacific

Melbourne has been ranked the number 1 sustainable city in the Asia-Pacific region – and number 13 in the world overall – for business events in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index).

The city environmental strategy and infrastructure, city social sustainability performance, industry supplier support and MCB strategy and initiatives were all factors on which Melbourne and Melbourne Convention Bureau’s (MCB) sustainability performance was evaluated, scoring 75% in social sustainability and 74% in convention bureau performance.

Melbourne’s focus is on proposing and implementing collaborative sustainability initiatives for the business events sector. Associations can enjoy easily accessible hotel inventory and convention facilities using public transport, a program that supports restaurants with a commitment to sustainability, public bike sharing facilities, subsidised public transport for major conventions as well as a green environment.

November 17, 2017

Sydney to Celebrate International Pathology Day

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has announced that Sydney will host the 2022 Congress of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP). Held every two years, the Congress will take place at the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) and is expected to attract approximately 2,200 delegates over five days.

Hosting the event in Sydney in 2022 is especially significant as it will also be the 50th Anniversary of the Australasian Division of the IAP. Professor Richard Scolyer, Immediate Past President of the Australasian Division of the IAP and Congress Chair, said: “We feel there is no better way to recognise our 50th Anniversary milestone than by bringing the global pathology community to Australia to drive the advancement of our specialty worldwide”.

 Securing the event was a collaboration across the private and public sector both locally and throughout Australia.

October 31, 2017

Sydney Warming Up for SIBOS 2018

As SIBOS – the world’s biggest financial services event – is approaching, Sydney is getting ready to receive more than 40,000 conference delegates. With less than a year left to the big event, which will be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney from 22-25 October 2018, the city is eager to demonstrate that NSW is Australia’s leading destination for hosting meetings, conventions and exhibitions.

ICC Sydney will be busy in the next twelve moths hosting 48 events secured by Business Events Sydney attracting 40,800 delegates staying 166,900 delegates days, hence boosting the economy as well as the city’s FinTech capability as local industry benchmarks against the latest developments around the world.

Chief Executive Officer of Business Events Sydney Lyn Lewis-Smith said: “SIBOS draws the C-suite of the world’s finance community to our shores to discuss investment opportunities, cybersecurity and technology such as blockchain. Together they will undertake ‘cyber war games’ to share the latest defences against major hacks.”

October 19, 2017

Brisbane Treats WHO’s Members

After hosting the 2014 G20 Summit, the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) recently welcomed the 68th session of the World Health Organisation’s Regional Committee for the Western Pacific Region. The conference was held in Australia for the first time in 20 years.

WHO members from the Western Pacific Region gathered in Brisbane to discuss future priorities for the health and well-being of the region’s nearly 1.9 billion people. More than 30 countries and areas in the region, including the world’s most populous country China and small Pacific island states were present, represented by ministers for health and senior officials, who were among the 300 delegates.

October 13, 2017

For Adelaide the Sky Is the Limit

Adelaide in Australia just held the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). With attendance rising to 4470 delegates from 71 nations plus visits by 700 school children and several thousand members of the public (who attended the public exhibition day), this was the largest ever event for the city.

The congress was organized in the newly expanded 20,000 sqm Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC), using the centre’s flexible floor. The IAC comprised a detailed program including eight plenary sessions, three highlight lectures, two breaking news, 200 technical sessions and a custom exhibition. Beyond the official program at the Convention Centre, IAC associated exhibitions at the State Library and Museum as well as the closing gala dinner at the Adelaide Oval’s Magarey Room.

The congress left lasting legacies behind, including investment opportunities between space companies as well as the establishment of a space industry centre.

Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of International Astronautical Federation (IAF) said: The city of Adelaide itself is a perfect location for congresses with easily reachable locations, beautiful sceneries, friendly people and fantastic food. This year’s IAC has been a tremendous success having reached 5,000 attendees and the ACC has proven perfectly capable of facing all sorts of requests from the IAF Community.”

October 4, 2017

Agriculture Scholars Cultivate New Ideas in Darwin

The Darwin Convention Centre had the opportunity to host the 2017 Nuffield Australia National Conference, bringing together over 300 primary producers, investors and industry experts from a wide cross section of sectors and regions from Australia and overseas. In addition to the two days of sharing knowledge, conference delegates spent time on regional tours seeing first hand primary production in Northern Australia.

Jodie Dean, CEO of Nuffield Australia, said: “Nuffield scholarships provide unique opportunities to the new pioneers of agriculture to investigate technological advances around the world. The scholarship in itself is a once-in-a-lifetime experience but the benefits continue beyond the tour with a shift in the approach to learning, sharing and leading for the broader development of the industry”.

Themed ‘New Horizons’, the conference set the scene for discussions and presentations on the need for new research and integration of new technologies to the industry to continually improve efficiencies, safety and cost competitiveness.

2017 was the first time the Nuffield Australia National Conference has been held in the Northern Territory. The significance of the Territory in leading Australia’s agriculture exports into Asia is being recognised by businesses, investors and government but there is long way to go to realise the potential of the north.

Picture: Darwin Convention Centre

September 12, 2017

Associations to Know ICC Sydney Through Virtual Eyes

A virtual reality video experience has just been launched by ICC Sydney, taking conference organisers, event planners, delegates and travellers from around the world through an interactive tour of the venue by simply downloading the ICC Sydney VR App from Apple or Android application stores. This new App offers delegates a point of reference during the planning stages of an event, as Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, said.

Viewers will experience the full scale of ICC Sydney’s technologically advanced facilities, including its 35,000sqm of exhibition space, flexible meeting spaces, the 2,000-capacity ballroom and important theatres. A feature of the ICC Sydney App and VR content is the showcase video it developed in partnership with Tourism Australia.

John O’Sullivan, Managing Director of Tourism Australia, said: “For a world class facility like ICC Sydney, harnessing the power of VR to push itself into the consideration set is a great example of the venue’s innovative approach to creating event success.”

Picture: ICC Sydney

September 11, 2017

Health Sciences Lead the Way in Adelaide

Some of the most important health science events are headed to Adelaide in the next couple of years. The 2018 Australian Diabetes Society Annual Scientific Meeting with 2,000 delegates and the 38th Australian Dental Congress with 3,000 delegates in 2019 are to name but a few.

Considering that on 5th September, Adelaide’s new Royal Adelaide Hospital opened its doors thus completing the current stage of the BioMed City, this makes ample sense. In addition to advanced and hi-tech facilities, the hospital is located next to the Adelaide Convention Centre, which in turn sits on the doorstep of 1500 hotel rooms –  within walking distance of the entertainment laden Riverbank precinct and a mere 15 minute free tram ride from the airport. This consolidates Adelaide’s position internationally as a destination of choice for health science events.

What’s more, on 30th August Adelaide’s Convention Centre completed its final phase and now has state-of-the-art facilities and a capacity for 3500 delegates. It recently held its annual ‘medical famil’ with a number of association executives. The touring party was privy to a sneak peek at the new wing of the Convention Centre and toured the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

Picture: SAHMRI.

September 6, 2017

Congress of Biomechanics Enjoyed Brisbane Hospitality

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre  hosted the congress for the International Society of Biomechanics – IBS 2017 from 23 – 27 July. More than 1,200 of the world’s foremost scientists from over 50 countries representing all aspects of the discipline came to the Centre for the five day Congress.

The city’s three leading universities representing an intense hub of biomechanics activity in collaboration with Team Brisbane, including Tourism & Events Queensland, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and Brisbane Marketing, were the prime reason for conference organisers choosing Brisbane.

Professor Andrew Cresswell, President of the International Society of Biomechanics and Head of School, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland, said the idea for the Brisbane conference started more than seven years ago ensured the biomechanics community would have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues in the Asia Pacific Region.