For Adelaide the Sky Is the Limit

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.

August 21, 2017

Can Machines Really Learn in Sydney?

Sydney-siders experienced an influx of artificial intelligence as the world’s ‘Machine Learning’ experts descended on Australia. Over six days almost 2,500 professionals indeed met to discuss these frontiers of technology as part of the International Conference on Machine Learning. This area is a sub-field of Artificial Intelligence with applications across most industries. Conference sponsors included Nvida, Facebook and Google.

“NSW is known as Australia’s innovation powerhouse, bolstered by global events that are being held here. In 2017 and 2018 Sydney will host five global IEEE conferences covering topics from smart vehicles, nuclear science, medical imaging through to social implications of technology. They will promote STEM jobs and education, nurture the next generation of leaders and boost local expertise while pumping $11million into our economy. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organisation, committed to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity,” said Business Events Sydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith.

Earlier this year BESydney and Destination NSW collaborated to secure the Launch Festival, the world’s largest startup event, to Sydney in 2018 and 2019. This is the first time the festival will be held outside of San Francisco. It aligns with Sydney’s new $35 million startup hub – the first of its kind in Australia.

Picture: ICC Sydney

August 20, 2017

AIPC Annual Conference – Lessons from a City Reinventing Itself

 

Taking part in a congress whose delegates are actually the very people you deal with when you associations organise yours is always eye-opening. And when that congress takes place in a destination that’s reinventing itself –  and whose congress centre is part of that reinvention – you clearly understand how associations, venues and destinations can better work together to make the most of a conference.

Words Rémi Dévé

AIPC, the international association of congress centres, represents a global network of over 185 centres in 59 countries with the active involvement of more than 900 management-level professionals worldwide. It encourages excellence in convention centre management, based on the diverse experience and expertise of its international representation. To do so, it is engaging in a variety of educational, research, networking and standards programs. Its Annual Congress is part of those efforts to bring excellence in all areas of centre management: 2017 saw more than 150 delegates converge to Sydney and its international convention centre to tackle the very broad theme of Transformation!

Competition and adaptation are the two top challenges facing centres worldwide today, and for most venues that means applying new models and refreshing established ones in a transformation process that involves both the destination and the centre itself. At the same time, this must be linked to the broader strategies and approaches of the city and country in which centres operate, in order to ensure consistency with overall destination priorities.

In this regard, it made sense for the AIPC Annual Congress to kickstart with a session on how cities that want to play a role on the world scene – like Sydney does – must have all their stakeholders, including convention centres, work together to achieve the same unified vision and achieve growth. This way, association events can be regarded as partaking of this growth. Sydney, a recognized destination, indeed chose to reconfigure itself based on a new vision for its economic future, based on a range of perspectives that re-imagined the role of the new convention centre in the context of economic sector advancement, talent attraction and acquisition, academic leadership and an image consistent with all these goals.

As Michael Rose, Chairman of the Committee for Sydney, an independent think tank and champion for the whole of the city, pointed out: « Convention centres are a platform for success in the business events economy, has to play a role of a facilitator, and sometimes even of an accelerator, of knowledge and is hence a crucial partner in the way a city thinks about itself. »

Of course, I was particularly interested in a session called ‘Client Perspective’. After all, how associations and congress venues can work better together? What’s the overall experience of clients when it comes to convention centres around the world? Jan Tonkin, Managing Director of the Conference Company, which, among other things, offer convention services to associations, and Sven Bossu, Head of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), who organises Sibos, the only global conference on financial services out there, shared their perspectives on change and evolution in the industry.

Jan Tonkin explained how key client groups are re-shaping event formats, centre expectations and traditional business practices. She summarised her experience this way: « Clients – including associations – and centres alike must demonstrate their open-mindedness, flexibility and forward-thinkingness. The trend is to experiment with meeting environments, designing ‘nooks and crannies’ possibilities or better interactive learning experiences. Security concerns are also dramatically on the rise, and collaborative planning in the matter is absolutely key. »

Sven Bossu explained: « Our last conference, which took place in Geneva, was completely reshaped. After having around 13 forums the previous year, we restructured and reformed the programme into four streams. Sibos is all about financial compliance, all about anti-money laundering, and all about cybersecurity, amongst other things. The goal is to bring people together and make them think about how to solve common challenges and that is what we’ve always tried to do with an event like ours. If convention centres understand what we want to achieve and they can be part of it, then it’s win-win situation. »

The rest of this article will be featured in the September edition of Boardroom, available soon.

August 17, 2017

Indigenous Education in Adelaide

The 2020 World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) will be held in Adelaide, the Adelaide Convention Bureau recently announced.

WIPCE brings together Indigenous representatives from across the globe to share strategies and developments for culturally grounded Indigenous education and attracts the world’s most respected Indigenous education experts, practitioners, and scholars. Over the course of its 30 year history, the conference has become recognised as the largest and most diverse Indigenous education event in terms of leading discussion on contemporary movements in education that support Indigenous worldviews.

WIPCE was won for Adelaide following a bid by the Bureau working in collaboration with Professor Peter Buckskin, Dean: Aboriginal Engagement and Strategic Projects, from the University of SA with support from the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Hon. Kyam Maher.  The win is a fitting celebration in this, the 50 year anniversary of the 1967 referendum and 25 year anniversary of the Mabo decision.

WIPCE 2020 will give Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples the opportunity to celebrate their place in the world as the oldest living culture of humanity, and to reaffirm the strength of its culture and knowledge systems that has sustained since time immemorial.

August 10, 2017

Insurance Specialists to Convene in Melbourne

The 2017 International Dragon Awards (IDA) Annual Meeting has arrived in Melbourne, Australia with 5,500 insurance specialists from 20 countries unpacking their bags for the five-day meeting based at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). The international conference is starting today.

IDA will be attended by delegates from China Life, China’s largest insurance group, institutional investor and corporate pension manager, along with companies including Taiwan Life, Allianz, Prudential, Cathay Life and many more.

The Victorian Government has supported the conference which will generate a $24.7 million economic boost for the state. Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren, said the Government is working hard to win an ever larger share of the China market. “China is our number one tourism market for spend, arrivals and growth – and we’re continuing to benefit from the expansion of key Chinese airlines across the business events sector,” he said.

IDA will incorporate an educational knowledge exchange and development program, esteemed awards ceremony attended by the who’s who of the insurance sector and a range of social activities within the city and regional Victoria.