The International Conference on Systems Biology (ICSB) has found a home for 2014. The 2014 conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia, the first time it has been held in the Southern Hemisphere.
“Systems biology is an emerging area in Australia, which has been recognized by the Victorian government,” said Louise Asher, minister for tourism and major events of Victoria.
Systems biology is the multidisciplinary science of studying, mapping and modeling organic structures and processes. Instead of breaking cells, organs, genomes or whole organisms into their component parts, systems biology studies them as a whole.
“I would also like to acknowledge the vital role played by the Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCVB) in bringing this conference to Melbourne…and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) for hosting the event,” said Karen Bolinger, CEO, MCVB, who also said that securing the bid is a major victory for Victoria’s systems biology community.
ICSB 2014 will bring 750 of the world’s leading experts in the field to Melbourne over five days, and is expected to generate $3.6 million in economic impact for the Australian state of Victoria.
“2014 is shaping up to be quite a year for science and medical business events in Melbourne with the International Conference on Systems Biology, The World Congress of Cardiology, the World Cancer Congress and the International AIDS Conference all scheduled to take place at the MCEC during that year,” said Peter King, CEO, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center.
ICSB 2012 will be held in Aug. 19-23 in Toronto.