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Adelaide to host World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

The South Australian capital city is set to host the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in 2024.

Held every three years, the event is considered one of the largest and most important international meetings for medical physicists, biomedical engineers and specialists from related fields. The research and work undertaken by professionals in this sector will shape the future of global healthcare and medicine, and the event win is expected to boost investment in research and development in South Australia’s local industry over the next six years.

The congress is expected to attract some 2,500 delegates from 89 countries, including members from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR).

The president of host organisation, the International Union for Physical and Engineering Science in Medicine (IUPSEM), Professor James Goh, said the energy and enthusiasm of the South Australian bid alongside a presentation of the destination’s technology and research contributed strongly to the win.

“To have this congress in Adelaide – to bring in the world leaders – to showcase the latest developments and technologies at the exhibition presents significant opportunity in trade and investment for South Australia,” Goh said.

The win is testament that the Adelaide Convention Bureau’s new strategic focus on health sciences and medical events is paying dividends.

Adelaide Convention Bureau chief, Damien Kitto, said: “As the International Astronautical Congress put the focus of the Space Industry on Adelaide and bought about its resultant benefits, this too will open the doors to trade investment, skilled migration and future development of the Health Sciences and Medical industry.”

University of South Australia’s Professor Eva Bezak, lead the local bidding committee and successfully prepared and presented the bid.

“It will be an honour to be able to showcase the wonderful achievements that Adelaide has made in recent times in building the Biomed City and establish new relationships and partnerships leading to new collaborations and investment,” Bezak said.

“Whilst we will of course have the traditional industries such as standard imaging, radiation, oncology, cardiology, nuclear medicine etc we must be futuristic and look toward those types of industries on the horizon and on the rise and this is who we will also bring to Adelaide.”