Brisbane to Welcome a Raft of Conferences

August 21, 2018

Brisbane to Welcome a Raft of Conferences

The Brisbane Convention Bureau has partnered with The University of Queensland (UQ) to secure a trifecta of conferences.

Combined, the three conferences won with UQ’s School of Languages and Cultures are expected to attract over 800 national and international delegates across 11 event days. Brisbane will also  host the 9th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication (INPRA) in June 2020, the 6th Biennial Colloquium of the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU) in November 2021, and the 6th International Conference on Conversation Analysis (ICCA) in July 2022.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said “these conferences will bring together scholars and researchers from around the world, boosting our local academic and research capabilities, and raising Brisbane’s profile as a destination of choice for business and leisure” while Brisbane Convention Bureau General Manager Juliet Alabaster argued that partnering with academics and industry professionals to attract conferences to Brisbane was a key strategy of the Bureau.

 

August 15, 2018

ICCA and PCMA Partner with AIME

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has set up new partnerships with international industry organisations – PCMA and ICCA, confirming the commitment of Talk2 Media & Events, the company charged with the relaunching of the show, to elevate the overall quality and experience of the event. PCMA and ICCA will both be involved in the framing and delivery of the AIME Knowledge Program which opens the three-day event.

Recognised as exceptional providers of education for the meetings and events sector, PCMA’s international network of thought leadership in business events strategy will provide provocative and informative content to visitors and exhibitors alike. The PCMA program will inspire the audience and will enhance the potential of the individual and their business, ahead of the trading days.

On another hand, the inclusion of ICCA’s Business Exchange in the Knowledge Program is also valuable tool for attendees. Participants exchange critical information on events they have recently managed; information crucial to the bidding process such as contacts, budgets, and the decision-making process. Synonymous with providing industry know-how and contacts the Business Exchange will be anchored at AIME – beneficial for negotiations with the associations’ sector.

For more details and to submit your interest to attend AIME in Melbourne in 2019 visit www.aime.com.au

August 1, 2018

Brisbane Gets Political

Brisbane was recently a hub for the latest research and debate on world politics and governance with more than 2400 political science experts gathering for a five-day congress. In an Australian first, Brisbane hosted the 25th IPSA World Congress of Political Science from 21-25 July at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), delivering an economic boost of $7.7 million for the local economy.

The congress was secured through a competitive Team Brisbane bid involving Tourism and Events Queensland, BCEC and the city’s economic development board Brisbane Marketing, in partnership with local and national universities, and professional conference organiser ICMS Australasia.

The impact of information technologies on global borders, the future of human rights and the rise of global populism were a few of the topics to be explored under the congress theme ‘borders and margins’.

July 13, 2018

Adelaide to Host Medical Physicians and Biomedical Engineers in 2024

Led by Professor James Goh, the International Union for Physical and Engineering Science in Medicine (IUPSEM) has chosen Adelaide as the host city for their 2024 congress, it was announced last week. Held every three years, the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering is one of the largest international gatherings of medical physicists, biomedical engineers and specialists from related fields.

The win, secured just after the Adelaide Convention Bureau’s recent BioMed showcase is further testament that the focus by the Bureau on Health Sciences and Medical events seems to be paying dividends. Investment in infrastructure with the development of the largest Biomed City in the Southern and its collaboration with the Tonsley Innovation District which incorporates the Flinders University – just 15 minute drive from the city (or via a soon to be opened rail link) is the primary driver of this focus. The congress will attract the most innovative companies and world leaders within the field to Adelaide. Hosting the global delegates and companies is fundamental to South Australia remaining at the global forefront of the industry and in turn, assist the Bureau to continue to attract events of this calibre.

2,400 delegates from 89 countries are expected to attend the Congress.

(Picture: Adelaide Convention Centre)

July 9, 2018

Registration for Asia Pacific Incentives & Meeting Event (AIME) Now Open

Taking place in Melbourne 18-20 February 2019, AIME, the Asia Pacific Incentives & Meeting Event, connects global exhibitors with a diverse pool of buyers from Australia, New Zealand, and Asia Pacific, as well as buyers from the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Running the show for the first time, Talk2 Media & Events has reviewed multiple facets of buyer needs, exhibitor requirements and registration procedures, and has new initiatives to ensure a smooth, robust process, which has just opened.

All buyer expressions of interest are vetted for professional suitability before being invited to register for the Hosted Buyer Program. Registration details cover experience, annual event budgets, purchasing authority, and their event portfolio over the next five years. With up to four reference checks this comprehensive assessment of applicants ensures the right buyers will be at AIME in 2019.

For more details and to submit your interest to attend AIME in 2019 visit aime.com.au.

 

July 6, 2018

Brisbane Designs Winning Bid for DRS2020

Brisbane will welcome 600 leading minds in global design research after winning hosting rights for the Design Research Society (DRS) Conference 2020, after the bid, led by the Brisbane Convention Bureau in partnership with Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art, was won, it was announced last week.

“The collaboration between the Brisbane Convention Bureau and Griffith University delivered an outstanding bid that showcased our city’s design research credentials, an inclusive cross-disciplinary approach, on-the-ground support and unbeatable location,” said Brisbane Convention Bureau General Manager Juliet Alabaster.

DRS2020 Co-Chair and Head of Design at Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art, Professor Ming Cheung, said winning hosting rights for the conference was a coup for Brisbane and Australia’s design research community. “Hosting DRS2020 will see Brisbane and Griffith University take the lead in promoting excellence in design research,” Professor Cheung said. “With 600 of the world’s most talented academics and designers expected to meet in Brisbane, this conference will also provide significant development opportunities to local researchers, designers and students.”

June 29, 2018

New Partnership for an Ever Sustainable Sydney

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has recently partnered up with the City of Sydney Council, accommodation and tourism operators launching a dedicated Sustainable Destination Partnership program. Its objective is to to improve Sydney’s environmental performance by increasing its use of renewable energy, reducing water consumption and improving waste management and recycling systems.

The initiative brings together more than 30 local and international organisations including major hotels, museums and city attractions. CEO of ICC Sydney, Geoff Donaghy said: “ICC Sydney is committed to operating in a socially responsible and environmentally sound manner and has already been recognised with some of Australia’s – and the world’s – highest sustainability ratings by building connections and creating impact for local communities, reducing its energy and water usage, and increasing its waste diversion from landfill.”

Designed to operate with optimal resource efficiency, ICC Sydney has utilised smart design strategies combined with cost efficient and renewable technologies, including a community funded solar array, a 200-kilolitre rainwater tank, energy efficient lighting and waste diversion strategies.

June 5, 2018

Robots and Men Meet in Brisbane

Brisbane welcomed this past week 3.000 of the world’s leading robotics experts at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) being held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. This is the first time this international forum, described as a frontier of science and technology for robotic researchers, has been held in the Southern Hemisphere attracting the international elite in the very fast paced robotic sector.

The six day event exceeded expectations with record delegate numbers and papers submitted, mostly thanks to the excellent collaboration between Team Brisbane, including Tourism and Events Queensland, BCEC and Brisbane Marketing together with Australia’s world leading experts in robotics and automation.

Conference Program Chair, Professor Peter Corke, Director of the Centre for Robotic Vision at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) cites a number of reasons for the success of the event; “Brisbane’s strong reputation in robotics internationally, the acceleration of the technology worldwide, the appeal of Australia to the international community and the innovative approach we have taken for the conference program.”

 

May 31, 2018

Promising Future for Melbourne

A partnership between Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and creative powerhouse C2 International was announced at the IMEX trade show in Frankfurt. A world first, this union signals a dramatic shift ahead for the future of business events. This alliance will be mutually beneficial as it grants MCEC exclusive access to C2’s experiential design platform and signature “labs” (challenging yet playful ideation sessions) while providing C2 a powerful gateway from which to continue the conversation in the Asia Pacific region.

For the first time, C2 International will hold its three-day flagship event outside Montreal, transforming Melbourne’s iconic MCEC between October 17-19 this year. MCEC customers will be able to access C2 labs and experiences from 1 July 2018.

But that is not all. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s expansion site is under two months away from opening. Once completed, the new space will cement MCEC’s position as the largest convention and exhibition space in Australia, with 9,000 square metres of exhibition space plus additional flexible, multi-purpose event space, 1,000 seat plenary theatre, multiple meeting rooms and a banquet room.

Over 300 events have been confirmed or are being negotiated for the new expansion space, between July 2018 and the end of 2024. The 1st Malaria World Congress will be the first event held in Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s expansion space, between 1 – 5 July 2018. MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King said: “At present, there is no mechanism anywhere in the world for all stakeholders to share information and build a solid framework for collaborative action against malaria. The inaugural Malaria World Congress, initiated by Club Melbourne Ambassadors, Professor Alan Cowman and Professor Brendan Crabb aims to address this gap.”

May 30, 2018

New Zealand Promotes Hospitality Experience

The notion that a stranger can soon become a friend after a conversation and a meal is the concept behind Tourism New Zealand’s stand at the IMEX trade show in Frankfurt earlier this month. Convention planners could enjoy a kōrero (conversation) and kai (food) at a dining table intricately designed and carved from ancient reclaimed swamp kauri by the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) to reflect Māori hospitality traditions that have shaped contemporary New Zealand culture.

The table has been made in two pieces. One part will remain in New Zealand and the other will travel around the world, both joined together in Frankfurt. “The kōrero and kai table is a powerful symbol of how New Zealand welcomes strangers and makes them feel at home. It also acts as an invitation to the world to come and experience New Zealand’s beauty and our warm hospitality for themselves,” says Lisa Gardiner, Manager of Business Events and Premium at Tourism New Zealand.