Twenty-five association representatives from across Australia and the world discovered first-hand the beauty and complexity of science at the inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane this month.
The prestigious science and arts event was staged outside of New York for the first time to huge acclaim and Brisbane will be the Asia Pacific headquarters for the festival for at least the next five years.
Brisbane Convention Bureau General Manager Rob Nelson said the association representatives from 10 countries including Australia were familiarised with the city’s outstanding and innovative business events providers and experiences.
“They also discovered first-hand how their events can align with the World Science Festival Brisbane,” he said.
“The representatives attended events in the festival’s program and engaged with keynote presenters and attending luminaries such as Robyn Williams, Brian Greene and Alan Alda.
“They also toured leading facilities including the Translational Research Institute Australia and the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute to learn how they can engage with Brisbane’s institutions to enhance the conference experience.
“As Australia’s New World City, Brisbane is recognised as an innovation hub that enables associations staging conferences in the city to offer a superior delegate experience, engage with local thought leaders and increase their networks.”
The associations visited Brisbane through the support of Brisbane Marketing, Business Events Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland and festival presenter, the Queensland Museum.
“In supporting the visit we were able to highlight Australia’s strengths as a destination that offers world-class facilities for business events, against a backdrop of incredible innovation in science,” Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan said.
International Commission for Acoustics President Marion Burgess said she thoroughly enjoyed the familiarisation and attending key festival events.
“It is refreshing to see scientists and engineers who are highly motivated, have achieved great insights and can communicate well,” she said.
“The famil part of the tour was well balanced to demonstrate the variety of opportunities that Brisbane offers. I do appreciate the special efforts from the venues for our group. Overall it was a wonderful experience.”
Queensland Museum Network CEO and Director, Professor Suzanne Miller, said she was delighted to welcome the association delegates to experience the inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane.
“More than 120,000 visitors experienced the wonders of science across the five days of the festival, taking the opportunity to engage with some of the world’s leading scientists,” she said.
“We are looking forward to ensuring the 2017 World Science Festival Brisbane is even bigger and better.”