The 34th International Geological Congress (IGC) held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in August 2012 has won a prestigious award, further strengthening the city’s reputation as a centre for major business events.
The IGC, managed by Brisbane-based Carillon Conference Management Pty Limited, won the CIM Magazine Best Meeting or Conference Award at the 2013 Australian Event Awards in Sydney last week.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the IGC was Australia’s largest ever geosciences event, attracting more than 6,700 delegates to the city from over 100 countries.
“The 34th International Geological Congress was a resounding success, confirming once again Brisbane’s expertise at hosting major international business events,” Cr Quirk said.
“The event injected around $18 million into the Brisbane economy, delivering an important boost to local hotels, restaurants and other service providers.
“It featured a range of speakers including geologist and BBC documentary presenter, Professor Iain Stewart and eminent geologist and geophysicist, Lord Ronald Oxburgh.”
Ashley Gordon, Director of the 34th Congress and Brisbane based Carillon Conference Management, said the event had been widely acclaimed by stakeholders – delegates, major sponsors and worldwide organisation partners as the most successful IGC ever.
Gordon said outcomes and achievements were apparent by the final day of the Congress. “We know from previous IGC experience we can expect a renaissance in investment and activity in the mineral and energy sectors in Australia. This year there were immediate tangible outcomes with the recruitment of professionals and industry expertise to Brisbane and Australia.”
International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) President Professor Alberto C. Riccardi congratulated the local host committee on an “excellent and productive event with its strong scientific program and large number of symposia in the setting of the magnificent Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and the relaxing hospitality of the city of Brisbane”.
The Brisbane Convention Bureau worked with the team at Carillon Conference Management to welcome congress delegates and their families to Australia’s new world city.