The Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) Annual Meeting in 2021 will be held in Brisbane, making this the very first time the American based Society has held its annual meeting outside of North America. The selection of Brisbane is well aligned with the river at the heart of city life and a water knowledge hub, while Queensland universities have established leading and diverse expertise in a broad range of arid, tropical and subtropical water environments. Australia also has the largest membership of the Society of Freshwater Science outside of North America, so the choice was a natural fit.
BCEC Convention Advocate, Professor Stuart Bunn, said the 2021 Annual Meeting will be co-hosted with the Australian and New Zealand freshwater science societies, making this the biggest meeting of its kind to be held in Australia. It is expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates including strong representation from places like China, Japan and Korea. Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Tourism and Events Queensland, Brisbane Marketing and Tourism Australia worked together with local universities and the Australian Freshwater Science Society and the New Zealand Freshwater Science Society to bring the event to Brisbane.
General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe said the Centre is well versed in hosting major water and environmental events including the world’s largest meeting for water practitioners and researchers, IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in 2016, and is particularly looking forward to welcoming delegates attending the first international meeting of the SFS. “As an island continent and river city we are surrounded by water and collaborating with world leading experts in this field of science is of great value and paramount importance to Queenslanders and our local science community.”