In Part One of a two-part video series, we look at ‘The Melbourne Effect’ – a positive collaboration between the public and private sector, government and education institutions, that is driving the Australian city towards a successful knowledge economy.

Melbourne has already been acknowledged as a leader in the biomedical sector, predominantly via its Parkville Precinct, combining academia, R&D and local innovators and entrepreneurs.

Speaking to International Meetings Review at the AIME trade show, Andrea Fischer, Executive Officer at the Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity, says: “Everyone is supporting innovation now, innovation is about research, it’s about discovering things and getting those discoveries out into the world.”


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The business events the city attracts also play a major role: the 20th International AIDS Congress, held in 2014, was not just a showcase for the work being done in Melbourne. Through 60 ancillary events, it also filtered knowledge and access to thought leaders through to local research and advocacy communities.

The city is now due to host the 16th International Congress of Immunology in August. Of an impressive 3,000 abstracts submitted for the event, 800 are from Australia and New Zealand; evidence of both the international recognition of Melbourne’s strengths in the sector, and its own, growing, intellectual capital.


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