Healthy returns as Adelaide scoops major bio-med conference

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Adelaide’s decision to build one of the largest life science hubs in the Southern Hemisphere has started to pay dividends after the city scooped a major bio-medical conference.

The city, in South Australia, is expected to host more than 2,500 international delegates at the triennial World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in 2024.

The event held every three years is one of the largest – and arguably the most important - gathering of medical physicists, biomedical engineers and specialists from related fields.

The AUSD3.6bn Adelaide BioMed City is home to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the University of Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building, and the University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute.

The win, secured just after the Adelaide Convention Bureau’s recent BioMed showcase, appears to justify the bureau’s decision to focus on attracting medical and health related events.

The congress will attract the most innovative companies and leaders in the field to Adelaide.

The president of host organisation, the International Union for Physical and Engineering Science in Medicine (IUPSEM), Professor James Goh, said the enthusiasm of the South Australian bid alongside a presentation of the destination’s technology and research went in its favour.

He said: “To have this congress in Adelaide – to bring in the world leaders – to showcase the latest developments and technologies at the exhibition presents significant opportunity in trade and investment for South Australia.”

Damien Kitto, CEO Adelaide Convention Bureau, said: “I congratulate Team Adelaide and the local bid team led by University of South Australia’s Professor Eva Bezak. We have world class personnel, innovation and facilities in this city. However waiting for the world to discover us is not an option – bringing it to our doorstep with events such as this is invaluable.”

Professor Bezak said: “It will be an honour to be able to showcase the wonderful achievements that Adelaide has made in recent times in building the Biomed City and establish new relationships and partnerships leading to new collaborations and investment.”

“Whilst we will of course have the traditional industries such as standard imaging, radiation, oncology, cardiology, nuclear medicine etc, we must be futuristic and look toward those types of industries on the horizon and on the rise and this is who we will also bring to Adelaide.”

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