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Brisbane named World Science Festival host

Brisbane’s reputation as world-class events destination has again been reinforced following the announcement the city will join New York as a host destination for the World Science Festival.

One of the world’s premier science and arts events, the festival will be presented by the Queensland Museum March 9 – 13, 2016.

The Brisbane-based event offers a prime opportunity for event planners to align their own science-based conferences with one of the most prestigious science events in the world.

The World Science Festival Brisbane will bring some of the world’s greatest thought leaders to Queensland; showcase local scientists and performers from around the Asia Pacific region; and host the brightest and the best from previous events in New York.

Brisbane Marketing General Manager, Conventions and Business Events, Rob Nelson said the Brisbane Convention Bureau already leveraged the city’s areas of excellence to attract conferences.
These sectors included health and life sciences; energy and resources; environmental sustainability; digital industries and information communication technology; and food and agribusiness.

“Business event planners considering aligning an event with the festival can make use of the Brisbane Convention Bureau’s comprehensive resources,” Nelson said.

“These include access to world-class thought-leaders and keynote speakers who can enrich the conference experience with their expert knowledge, global networks and on-the-ground support.”

Nelson said the city’s successful hosting of the 2014 G20 Leaders’ Summit was one factor that convinced festival organizers to select Brisbane.

“Hosting the World Science Festival again reinforces Brisbane’s reputation for successfully staging major international events and will enable presenters and delegates to engage with our institutions, researchers and specialists,” he said.

A major Australian scientific association recently announced it will host its national annual conference to coincide with the festival, with the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Association staging its event in Brisbane March 8 – 10, 2016.

The CRC Association is the peak body representing Australia’s Cooperative Research Centres, which are leaders in many fields of scientific endeavor.

Professor Suzanne Miller, CEO and Director Queensland Museum Network, said, “We are thrilled that the CRC Association has chosen to move its annual conference to coincide with the festival.

“We are working with Brisbane Marketing to attract science-related business events to Brisbane during the festival to build a critical mass of scientists, science communicators and industry experts, all of whom want to share the wonder and awe of science and science discovery,” she said.

To find out how you can align your event with the World Science Festival, contact the Brisbane Convention Bureau team at conventionbureau@brisbanemarketing.com.au

For more information on the World Science Festival, go to worldsciencefestival.com.au.
For more information on business events in Brisbane, go to http://www.choosebrisbane.com/conventions

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