Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has invited Brisbane’s brightest minds to apply for a grant program to help attract lucrative international conferences to Brisbane. The Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant offers a share of $30,000 to emerging professionals and researchers to attend an international conference in their field and help Brisbane bid to host the conference in future.
“We want local trailblazers to benefit from attending an international conference where they can build valuable global networks, broaden their knowledge and skills and gain recognition of their work in Brisbane. At the same time, the recipients will work with the city’s economic development board Brisbane Marketing and partners to bid for the conferences to be held in Brisbane”, Cr Schrinner said.
Former recipients, University of Queensland scientists Dr Christina Schroeder and Dr Johan Rosengren, used the grant to attend the 2018 International Peptide Symposium in Tokyo. They then spearheaded a successful bid for Brisbane to host the event for 2021. Backed by the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane Marketing and Tourism and Events Queensland, the symposium will see about 650 global researchers and experts in peptide science visit Brisbane.
Another recipient, Clinical Director of not-for-profit Hear and Say, Emma Rushbrooke, worked with Brisbane Marketing to secure the AG Bell Global Listening and Spoken Language Symposium for Brisbane in 2021, after using the grant to attend the 2018 event in the United States. Due to Ms Rushbrooke’s advocacy for Brisbane, the city will welcome about 500 global experts in paediatric hearing and healthcare.