Brisbane wins 2018 IPSA World Congress

The event will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

COME July 2018, the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) will host the International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress, an international gathering of political science scholars.

The six-day congress is expected to attract 3,000 delegates to Brisbane and bring about an economic value of more than A$10 million (US$7.6 million).

Lord mayor Graham Quirk said: “Luring this World Congress to our city will… boost the local economy and demonstrate the success of our collaborative Team Brisbane approach to securing major business events and jobs for our hotels, venues and services.”

He added: “Major conferences of this nature also showcase our New World City as an important knowledge, innovation and research hub with world-class institutions.”

Professor Kath Gelber, deputy head, School of International Studies at the University of Queensland, said the Brisbane congress, which will be the 25th congress and a milestone for the international association, will provide a global platform to showcase the world leading research currently being conducted by political science, governance, public policy and international relations scholars in Australia.

It is the first time the IPSA World Congress will be in Australia since the congress’ inception in 1950 in Zurich, Switzerland.


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