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Major biochemistry congress chooses Cape Town as 2027 host

A major international congress on biochemistry and molecular biology will see 1,500 field experts gather in Cape Town, South Africa in 2027.

The meeting will mark the first time the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Triennial International Congress has been held on the African Continent.

Scheduled to take place from 19-23 September 2027 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, under the theme: ‘Biochemical and Molecular Innovation for a new world’, the congress will see cutting edge research presented on biochemistry and molecular biology.

University of Cape Town biomedical sciences professor, Edward Sturrock, noted South Africa’s “relative state of development” and the nation’s contribution to “bio-economics, academic, research and innovation in the field”, as assets to winning the congress bid.

“We believe that this puts us in a strong and respected position amongst our African partners, affords us great leverage amongst potential sponsors globally and locally, and hosting IUBMB 2027 in Cape Town will undoubtedly leave a legacy deep into Africa and the future,” he added.

Western Cape minister of finance and economic opportunities, David Maynier, added: “Through our investment teams and specific streams such as the Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau, a division of Wesgro, a lot of work has gone into cementing our brand as a premier business events destination.

“The hosting of this congress will not only add a significant boost to the economy of the city and the province, and help create much-needed jobs, but will also place focus on the thought leadership available in the biochemistry, molecular biology and related fields in the Western Cape Province”.

The congress is expected to attract around 1,500 delegates which will have an estimated economic impact of £2.2m (R48m) in Cape Town.

Previously the IUBMB Triennial International Congress has been held in Hungary, Japan, China, Spain, Brazil and Korea.

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