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Brisbane flexes brain power to win mechanics conference

Brisbane will showcase its intellectual software when it hosts a meeting of computational mechanics.

Some of the world’s top brains in engineering, science and mathematics will convene in the Australian city for the Asia Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics (APCOM) in 2025.

Brisbane’s expertise in the field will take centre stage at the congress, taking place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC).

BCEC worked with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT),  Tourism & Events Queensland and Brisbane Economic Development Agency (Brisbane EDA) to secure the event.

QUT is a leader in Computational Mechanics research, which is a core interdisciplinary science that helps us understand societal, economic and environmental challenges.

Congress Chair, Professor YuanTong Gu, Head of School, Mechanical, Medical & Process Engineering at QUT, led the winning bid for the event, against strong competition from Hong Kong and South Korea.

He said: “The support of the Australian Association for Computational Mechanics as well as from the Queensland Government, BCEC, Brisbane EDA, and QUT was critical to the success of the bid.”

BCEC and Brisbane have secured 17 international meetings in the past 12 months across health, science, technology, agriculture, mining and social welfare, which are expected to deliver 20,000 delegates to Brisbane with an estimated $52.5 million in direct expenditure for the Queensland economy.

The team at BCEC recently confirmed two large international bid wins expected to attract 8,000 and 2,000 delegates respectively, offering some much-needed optimism for the industry.

BCEC General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe said the recent bid win activity was encouraging and an expression of guarded confidence about Australia from the international market.

‘‘On the home front, we are also witnessing an upswing in general enquiries and bookings. We are cautiously optimistic that the industry is in the early stages of a post-COVID recovery and BCEC is one of the best placed venues in the country to take advantage of the improving business environment,” he said.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said it’s great to see so many organisations choosing Brisbane to host their conferences and business events.

“Along with demonstrating Brisbane as a world-class events host with globally-renowned event facilities, these conferences will attract thousands of high-value business travellers to fill our venues and hotels, dine at our restaurants and enjoy the many attractions on offer in Brisbane,” Cr Schrinner said.

Asia Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live in Queensland events calendar.

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