Aging association opts for Oz - and NZ! - following joint bid

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An international association is holding a pre-congress leadership summit 1,200 miles away from the main event following a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand.

Sydney will host the 24th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics from July 28- August 3rd, 2029. 

The quadrennial event, taking place at ICC Sydney and expected to attract 5,000 delegates, will be preceded by a leadership summit, taking place in Queenstown, New Zealand.

More than 300 delegates are expected at the summit, which is taking place at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown, before heading to the congress in Australia.

The congress - the largest worldwide conference on ageing - will bring experts together to help improve the experience of ageing for older people across the world.

Delegates include representatives from medicine, nursing, allied health, aged care, policy and practice fields, and other disciplines brought together to address the latest approaches to improving the experience of ageing for ageing and older people.

A six-year bidding effort by the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG), the New Zealand Association of Gerontology (NZAG) and the Australian & New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM) ensured the win, which was decided by vote by more than 80 IAGG member countries at the 2022 IAGG Council and General Assembly. The bid was supported by the business events teams at BESydney and Tourism New Zealand.

Co-bid leaders Professor Julie Byles, Global Innovation chair in Responsive Transitions in Health and Ageing, Newcastle University, and Professor Keith Hill, director of the Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living (RAIL) research centre, Monash University, said in a statement: “This bid win is a wonderful outcome for our gerontological and geriatrician communities across Australia and New Zealand.  We are honoured to have been selected by our global colleagues to lead this critical conversation about ageing together and ageing well. Importantly, the IAGG World Congress in Sydney in 2029 represents an opportunity for students and early career participants to come together and to form lasting global relationships that will help shape their professional activities into the future.” 

Professor Debra Waters, University of Otago, pre-congress bid Leadership Summit lead and VP of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology, said: “The leadership summit will honour Indigenous leadership in ageing, highlighting the value of holistic, sustainable, and culturally relevant approaches used by First Nations and Indigenous Peoples. We will welcome leaders, established and emerging, from across the globe, to join a conversation about ageing well.”

IAGG World Congress was last held in Australia, in Adelaide, in 1997 and this will be the first time that Sydney has hosted the congress. 

James Lancaster
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AMI editor James Lancaster is a familiar face in the meetings industry and international association community. Since joining AMI in 2010, he has gained a reputation for asking difficult questions and getting lost in convention centres. Proofer, podcaster, and panellist - in his spare time, James likes to walk, read, listen to music, and drink beer.

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