Health conferences draw world's top talent to Brisbane

Almost 2000 scientists and health experts recently converged on Brisbane when the city played host to two leading international conferences. 

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) welcomed world-leading scientists in the rapidly emerging field of metabolomics for the 13th Annual Conference of the Metabolomics Society, and held the largest-ever congress of the International Society of Biomechanics – ISB 2017

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Future of health under the microscope

With metabolomics research in Australia gathering momentum, some 540 delegates from Australia and around the globe attended the four-day Metabolomics Society conference from 25-29 June. 

The conference is the official meeting of the Metabolomics Society, bringing together all the major international organisations involved in human, plant, microbial, animal and environmental metabolomics – the study of metabolites within an organism, cell or tissue.

Professor Melissa Fitzgerald and Dr Horst Joachim Schirra, both from The University of Queensland, chaired the conference which also featured a strong line-up of keynote speakers from Japan, Denmark, China, Canada, Sweden, England and Australia. 

A focus of the conference was a deeper engagement between researchers within the Asia Pacific region to promote metabolomics research and develop collaborative partnerships.   

BCEC General Manager Bob O’Keeffe said the conference provided the opportunity for Australian and Queensland scientists active in the field of metabolomics to showcase their world-leading research and to develop new strategic international partnerships within the sector.

“To have the 13th Annual Conference of the Metabolomics Society in Brisbane recognises that our local researchers and academics are at the leading edge of this emerging science,” he said.

Brisbane Convention Bureau Acting General Manager Juliet Alabaster said Brisbane’s aptitude for medical research and many new world city attributes played an integral role in attracting conferences like Metabolomics 2017.

“The successful Metabolomics 2017 is a shining example of how Brisbane’s world-leading medical research and talent, superior facilities and services, and characteristic warm welcome is seeing the city stand out as a destination of choice for prominent international conferences,” Ms Alabaster said

Brisbane hosts largest international biomechanics congress

ISB 2017 attracted more than 1200 of the world’s foremost scientists in all aspects of biomechanics – the study of biological systems – with a five-day program from 23-27 July.

A motivated and united Team Brisbane, including Tourism & Events Queensland, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and Brisbane Marketing, together with the strong collaboration of Brisbane’s three leading universities representing an intense hub of biomechanics activity, were hailed as the prime reasons for conference organisers choosing Brisbane.

The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University co-hosted the congress in association with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics (ANSB) and the Asian-Pacific Association for Biomechanics Conference (APAB).

President of the International Society of Biomechanics, University of Queensland Professor Andrew Cresswell, said the idea for the Brisbane conference started more than seven years ago.

“With more than 80 per cent of delegates from over 50 countries, with one-athird from the Asia Pacific, the aim of hosting a truly international congress has been achieved,” he said.

BCEC General Manager Bob O’Keeffe said the centre was honoured to have worked with Brisbane’s three universities to win the bid and to be welcoming the international biomechanics fraternity to Brisbane. 

“This reinforces the great outcomes for the city when Brisbane stakeholders work together to present a united front to attract these major international conferences,” Mr O’Keeffe said.

Brisbane Convention Bureau Acting General Manager Juliet Alabaster said hosting international conferences like Biomechanics 2017 enhanced Brisbane’s reputation as a research and innovation hub in the Asia Pacific.

“The Brisbane Convention Bureau is proud to have worked with local institutions and BCEC to secure this international meeting on the evolving field of biomechanics. Brisbane is a city of many ground-breaking medical breakthroughs and innovations, where delegates from all over the world can make influential connections and expand their knowledge,” Ms Alabaster said.

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