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Melbourne’s engineering gems to inform international symposium

Some of Melbourne’s most innovative architectural landmarks will be showcased when the world’s leading engineers, architects, and builders meet in the city for an international conference.

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has secured the Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (SIASS) in 2023 – 25 years after Australia last hosted the meetings.

Backed by the Victorian State Government and universities RMIT and Swinburne, the event, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, is expected to attract more than 500 delegates.

MCB chief executive Julia Swanson said Melbourne had a proud history in the creative integration of structural engineering and architecture.

She explained: “Part of the program will involve technical tours showcasing architectural points of interest, the city is known for. Melbourne has been at the forefront of lightweight structural systems such as lattice, membrane, and shell structures – from the famed Sidney Myer Music Bowl the iconic spire at the Arts Centre Melbourne to AAMI Park, to name a few.”

Having worked with MCB previously, bid leader Professor Mike Xie from RMIT University said the strong support from MCB team was most helpful to the bid win.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to hold this important event in Melbourne and are grateful for the strong support of the Melbourne Convention Bureau and the Victorian State Government,” Professor Xie said.

Melbourne has a strong track record in hosting prestigious conferences, supported by ideal event infrastructure, quality accommodation, accessible public transport and exciting city experiences.

So far this year, MCB has secured 41 business events for Melbourne which are expected to attract almost 40,000 delegates and inject $147.7 million direct revenue to the Victorian business events supply chain and provide long term certainty for Victoria’s visitor economy the coming years.

Alongside the SIASS, in 2023 Melbourne will host 27 international and national business events including the 2023 Rotary International Convention which will attract 20,000 delegates and deliver more than $88 million to the Victorian economy making it the most valuable convention ever secured for Victoria.

 

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