At a time when nutrition, food security and childhood obesity are top of policy and community agendas both locally and globally, Sydney will welcome more than 2,000 of the world’s leading dietitians, nutritionists and nutrition science researchers, from around 60 countries, for the prestigious 16th International Congress of Dietetics 2012 (ICD2012).
ICD2012, taking place from 5 – 8 September, was secured for Sydney by Australia’s leading convention bureau, Business Events Sydney (BESydney), and Australia’s peak nutrition body, the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). It is the first time the high-profile event has taken place in Australia in over three and a half decades.
Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of BESydney comments, “ICD2012 is set to be a hub of international collaboration as nutrition experts discuss the latest nutrition dilemmas and proactively set the international research and action agenda for the next four years.
“This kind of knowledge sharing, industry collaboration and idea generation are the key reasons why events such as ICD2012 deliver valuable social legacies to the Australian and global community that stretch far beyond the conference doors.”
Business events have traditionally been measured by the economic contribution they make to a destination, and in the case of ICD2012, the event will generate more than $9 million in economic impact for the state of New South Wales.
Ms Lewis-Smith says BESydney has undertaken research into the broad benefits that business events also deliver to industries, institutions, economies and communities.
“Three quarters of respondents in the research agreed conferences enhance the capacity of the professional sector in the conference destination. And 67 per cent agreed conferences bring new knowledge, techniques or materials to professional practice in the conference destination.
“When you consider the outcomes, innovation and enhancements that could arise from next week’s conference, all Australians should be staying tuned,” said Ms Lewis-Smith.
Claire Hewat, CEO of DAA, adds, “We’re thrilled to welcome the world of dietetics to Sydney for this premier event. Our organisation has worked hard to bring top nutrition experts from across the globe to Australia for ICD2012. It’s sure to be an innovative, progressive and dynamic event, set against one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world.”
Ms Hewat said topics will span nutrition challenges for developing countries, international food policy, food security, childhood obesity and nutrition for an ageing population. And the latest findings in nutrition research – including eating for sun protection, omega-3 fats in pregnancy, and the benefits of cereal fibre – will also be on the agenda.
“Australian dietitians are highly-involved in the conference, with many being world leaders in dietetics and nutrition. We’re all looking forward to debating some of the nutrition issues that will have a real impact on the health of the nation in years to come,” said Ms Hewat.
ICD2012 will take place from 5-8 September 2012 at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.