Applications for The Lord Mayorâ€™s Convention Trailblazer Grant programme, for professionals and researchers in Brisbane, is now open.
The grant offers a share of A$30,000 (US$20,361) to professionals and researchers to attend an international conference in their field, and help Brisbane bid to host the conference in future. Applications close on January 12, 2020.
Former recipients, University of Queensland scientists Christina Schroeder and Johan Rosengren, used the grant to attend the 2018 International Peptide Symposium in Tokyo. They then spearheaded a successful bid for Brisbane to host the event for 2021.
Backed by the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane Marketing and Tourism and Events Queensland, the symposium will see about 650 global researchers and experts in peptide science visit Brisbane, delivering an economic boost of over A$2 million.
Another recipient, clinical director of not-for-profit Hear and Say, Emma Rushbrooke, worked with Brisbane Marketing to secure the AG Bell Global Listening and Spoken Language Symposium for Brisbane in 2021, after using the grant to attend the 2018 event in the United States.
As a result, the city will welcome about 500 global experts in paediatric hearing and healthcare, generating over A$890,000 for the economy.
Brisbane’s lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said in a statement: “We want local trailblazers to benefit from attending an international conference where they can build valuable global networks, broaden their knowledge and skills and gain recognition of their work in Brisbane. At the same time, the recipients will work with the cityâ€™s economic development board Brisbane Marketing and partners to bid for the conferences to be held in Brisbane.
â€œBusiness events are big business for Brisbane, generating an average A$250 million for the economy every year, bringing together word-leading experts and providing opportunities for research partnerships, investment and collaboration,” he noted.
The Lord Mayorâ€™s Convention Trailblazer Grant is run by the cityâ€™s economic development board, Brisbane Marketing.