New Zealand and Australia have succeeded in their joint bid for the largest, most significant worldwide conference on ageing in 2029.
Queenstown, New Zealand will host the pre-Congress Leadership Summit, before the 24th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatric (IAGG) World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics takes place in Sydney, Australia in 2029.
The pre-Congress Leadership Summit is expected to attract up to 300 delegates to Queenstown and inject around NZ$1 million (US$617,935) into the local economy. Meanwhile, the Congress in Sydney is then expected to attract around 5,000 delegates over five days.
The quadrennial IAGG World Congress is the largest, most significant worldwide conference on ageing, sharing the latest science, research, training, technology, and policy development presented by experts from around the world.
Delegates will include representatives from medicine, nursing, allied health, aged care, policy and practice fields, and other disciplines brought together to address the latest approaches to improving the experience of ageing for ageing and older people across the globe.
A significant multi-year bidding effort by the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG), the New Zealand Association of Gerontology (NZAG) and the Australian & New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM) ensured the win, which was decided by vote by more than 80 IAGG member countries at the 2022 IAGG Council and General Assembly.
The bid was also supported by the business events teams at BESydney and Tourism New Zealand.