Melbourne wins 2018 stem cell meeting bid

COME June 2018, Melbourne will be the place to be for the world’s leading stem cell researchers, physicians and government and health officials.

“Securing this meeting is a major coup for Melbourne and for Victoria and recognition of our expert community of stem cell researchers,” said Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), CEO, Karen Bolinger.

The 16th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) will be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Victoria. It will last four days in June, contribute about A$13 million (US$9.2 million) to the state’s economy and attract some 3,000 delegates.

According to associate professor Caroline Gargett, immediate past president for the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research, the annual meeting is the “largest forum for stem cell and regenerative medicine professionals from around the world” and is a place where delegates can “discuss innovations, trends and new perspectives and benefit from collaboration across disciplines”.

The CEO of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, Nancy Witty, said that both she and her colleagues were looking forward to meeting in Melbourne.

Melbourne’s winning bid was a testament to the successful collaboration between MCB, the government and industry partners.

Bolinger said: “We take a ‘Team Melbourne’ approach to both bids and the business events themselves, with such success that Melbourne is renowned globally as a destination that goes above and beyond to deliver.”

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