Australia Updates

World’s largest stem cell meeting takes place in Melbourne

The world’s leading stem cell researchers, physicians and government and health officials have descended on Melbourne for the 16th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR).

Currently taking place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (20 – 23 June 2018), the conference is the world’s largest stem cell meeting, and will attract more than 2,500 delegates from 60 countries, delivering some AUD13 million in economic impact for Victoria.

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 the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) to facilitate the bid to bring the prestigious event to Melbourne.

Karen Bolinger, MCB chief, said the impact of the meeting 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.”

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.”

The event bid was secured with the advocacy of industry leaders and Club Melbourne Ambassadors, Professor Martin Pera, Program Leader Stem Cells Australia; Emeritus Professor Alan Trounson of Monash University; 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.