A prominent Canberra conference organiser will lead the program to make greater use of the city’s research and learning institutions in order to attract business meetings and events to Canberra.
The conference and business event market is worth $990 million to the Canberra economy each year.
Ms Lyn Eiszele has previously worked as conference organiser for the National Rural Health Alliance, is an accredited meeting manager and has tertiary qualifications in education. Lyn will manage THINK CANBERRA, a strategy driven by the Canberra Convention Bureau’s Research and Learning Institutes Group (RALIG).
The membership of RALIG is:
- The Australian National University (Professor Michael Cardew-Hall)
- CSIRO (Ms Christine Cansfield-Smith)
- Australian Institute of Sport (Professor Allan Hahn)
- Australian War Memorial (Ms Helen Withnell)
- National Museum of Australia (Ms Trish Kirkland)
- University of Canberra (Professor John Howard, Chair of RALIG)
- Museum of Australian Democracy (Ms Kate Cowie)
- University of NSW at the Australian Defence Force Academy (Mr Mike Palmer-Allen)
- National Information Communication Technology Australia (Ms Michelle Carden)
- Australian Catholic University (Associate Professor Patrick McArdle)
- Canberra Institute of Technology (Mr Ian Drayton)
“Canberra is home to some of the world’s leading academic institutions and thinkers. Our plan is to use those resources to join our efforts to attract more business events to Canberra,” Ms Eiszele said.
“The conference and business events industry is an enormously important part of our local economy.
“Conference organisers are looking for more than just the right venue. They are looking at how the intellectual property of a destination can meet their conference and business objectives. Canberra offers enormous depth and diversity in this area.
“If we play to our strengths and work together, I know we can make an even more appealing offer to the conference market.”
Robyn Hendry, CEO of the Bureau, believes the THINK CANBERRA strategy will benefit from Eiszele’s 20 years of industry knowledge and experience working with academics and associations.
“Lyn’s years of experience delivering national and international conferences will be a great support for RALIG as they work to increase the number of high level conferences that come to the region,” said Hendry.
“She has the skills to assist RALIG members in promoting the capabilities and resources of the institutions to a large audience both here, interstate and oversees.”
John Howard, Pro Vice Chancellor University of Canberra and Chair of RALIG welcomed Lyn’s appointment and confirmed that this “increased level of resourcing will further the implementation of this important initiative”.
Research and Learning Institutes Group (RALIG) Brief
The Research and Learning Institutions Group (RALIG) was established in 2007 by the Bureau with the support of Professor Ian Chubb, Vice Chancellor ANU.
RALIG aims to mobilise the potential of the network’s knowledge assets and collective weight of the participating institutions to attract academic and association events to Canberra. They seek to build on Canberra’s worldwide reputation for leading innovation and research.
RALIG has specifically come together to assist in bid proposals, add value to business events, and enable event organisers direct access to the latest research projects being conducted in Canberra’s tertiary institutions.
THINK CANBERRA is an initiative of RALIG.