SCIENTIFIC conferences are continuing to take centre stage as destinations vie to secure the attention of association organisers despite the Covid downturn.
Melbourne as won two high-profile events in the form of the International Mass Spectrometry Conference 2024 and International Symposium on Lepton and Photon Interactions 2023.
The events will deliver a combined economic contribution to Victoria state of A$13.2 million, 6,650 room nights and bring 1,750 delegates to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The biotech and scientific conferences were secured by Melbourne Convention Bureau with support from the Victorian State Government and Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program.
Physicists from around the world will gather at International Symposium on Lepton and Photon Interactions 2023 to discuss the latest advancements in particle physics, nuclear physics, and astrophysics. Melbourne’s strong particle physics community played a critical role in winning this event.
The International Mass Spectrometry Conference 2024 will provide a forum for scientists and academics to discuss research in their field. It will be the first time the conference has been held in Australia in its 66-year history.
Mass spectrometry is used in many fields including biotech where Melbourne is home to more than 40 per cent of Australia’s biomedical researchers, 650 biotech companies, and ten major medical research institutes.
Melbourne Convention Bureau chief executive Julia Swanson said: “Hosting these meetings is a big win for Victoria’s scientific community – who will be able to tap into and share a wealth of knowledge and gain exposure to world-leaders’ advances in these fields of study globally and locally.
Academics based in Australia and New Zealand have praised Melbourne for securing both conferences.
One of them, Professor Ulrik Egede, of Monash University, the bid leader for International Symposium on Lepton and Photon Interactions 2023, said: “As a scientist, organising a bid to host an international conference is a confusing and demanding task.
“However, the assistance of MCB for obtaining quotes, preparing bidding material and replying to all my questions made it really easy. The professional help subsequently led to a successful bid.”
Main picture: Open Space F&B venue at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Bureau. Credit: Stewart Donn