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Systems Biology Conference chooses Melbourne in 2014

MelbourneThe Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Louise Asher, has announced that another significant scientific conference has been won for Melbourne, Australia.

The International Conference on Systems Biology 2014 will bring 750 of the world’s leading experts in the field to Melbourne over five days. The show is expected to generate $3.6 million in economic impact for the state of Victoria.

“Systems biology is an emerging area in Australia which has been recognized by the Victorian government as an area of focus,” said Asher.

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 + Visitors Bureau (MCVB) in bringing this conference to Melbourne, the first time it has been held in the Southern Hemisphere, and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) for hosting the event,” said Karen Bolinger, CEO of the MCVB. “MCVB partnered with a number of key groups for the bid process including the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Australia, the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Bioplatforms Australia.”

Peter King, chief executive of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre says they look forward to welcoming the conference delegates in two years’ time.

“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 King.

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