Staff and event organisers are hailing the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) as an incubator for medical advancement after the venue successfully hosted its first medical conference, the Pathology Update 2017.
The event welcomed more than 1,300 of the world’s leading pathologists and scientists for the annual scientific meeting for the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA). The three-day event ranged across the scientific disciplines of Anatomical, Chemical, Forensic, Genetic, General, Haematology, Immunopathology and Microbiology.
Dr Debra Graves, CEO of RCPA, said that ICC Sydney ‘provided the perfect environment for global insights exchange, best practice debate and continuing professional development’.
The positive outcome underlines the view of Sydney and the State of New South Wales (NSW), which value business events as drivers of both the visitor and knowledge economy, and an essential part of an aligned economic development strategy.
Science and medical research is a key sector for the state, with NSW the epicentre of Australia’s medical devices and pharmaceutical industry. It’s home to the headquarters of more than 75 per cent of the multinational pharmaceutical companies in Australia and 45 per cent of the country’s medical devices industry, and host to a growing Medical Technology Knowledge Hub connecting academia, industry and government.
As well as welcoming the knowledge of nine international speakers, Pathology Update 2017 showcased the work of more than 140 Australasian speakers.
Graves added: “Spanning lectures from keynote speakers, workshops, breakout meetings and exhibitions, to an awards ceremony and cocktail functions, we have a multifaceted program that has required expert coordination and a diverse range of spaces. ICC Sydney has been central to our event in fostering exciting new lines of enquiry and thinking across pathology disciplines.”
The bespoke program aligned with the event’s health focus by including a no-added-sugar menu, created in line with ICC Sydney’s ‘Feeding Your Performance’ philosophy. Each of the 3,000 plus meals comprised fresh, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, combined to drive physical and mental ability – enabling attendees to stay focused and energised.
Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, said Pathology Update 2017 was ‘an example of the pulling power of Australia’s new premier integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct’, which is expected to inject at least $5 billion into the NSW economy in the next 25 years.
“I’m proud that ICC Sydney has been instrumental to bringing RCPA’s national and international experts to the State and I look forward to seeing how their visit will continue to enrich the medical profession in years to come. We see convention centres as the nexus between the visitor and knowledge economies, our visitors provide much more than economic impact and we will work with our clients to understand the broader impact their conventions in Sydney have on their areas of study.”
(via ICC Sydney, AMI)
Featured image: ICC Sydney’s Malu Barrios and Royal College of Pathologists Australasia CEO, Dr Debra Graves.