The world’s leading stem cell researchers, physicians and government and health officials are on their way to Melbourne to exchange knowledge and share best practice at the 16th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR).
Taking place over four days from 20 – 23 June 2018 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), the conference is the world’s largest stem cell meeting, and will attract over 2,500 delegates from 60 countries, delivering over $13 million in economic impact for Victoria.
The conference is a platform for senior scientists to trainees to discover, share and network with leading innovators in the stem cell community.
Victoria has a vibrant stem cell community, with local scientists making substantial contributions to the field in basic and applied stem cell research. It is this local knowledge and innovation in the field that assisted Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) to facilitate the bid to bring the prestigious event to Melbourne.
Karen Bolinger, MCB CEO said the conference impact will extend beyond conference rooms and halls.
“The Annual Meeting of the ISSCR will have impact beyond the convention centre and out in the community, especially for those who will one day benefit from the work in this field.”
A free public forum featuring leading Australian researchers will be held at Deakin Edge, Federation Square on Monday, 18 June at 5pm. The forum will be a platform for discussion into how stem cells could change the future of medicine, with research shared and opportunities for big questions to be answered.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren said Victoria is setting the pace in hosting international conferences.
“Hosting this meeting is a big win for Victorian researchers, physicians and professionals – who will tap into and share a wealth of knowledge.
“Melbourne has an enviable reputation for hosting world class business events and our MCEC expansion will continue to bring more of them to our state – strengthening our economy and creating Victorian jobs.”
Securing the Annual Meeting of the ISSCR would not have been possible without bid leaders and Club Melbourne Ambassadors Professor Martin Pera, Program Leader Stem Cells Australia, Emeritus Professor Alan Trounson of Monash University and Associate Professor Caroline Gargett of Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Professor Melissa Little, President of the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
Peter King, Chief Executive, MCEC said it would be a privilege to host members of the global community working to further promote and share information about stem cells.
“With more than 4,000 members worldwide, we look forward to hosting the international stem cell research community at MCEC,” Mr King said.