Adelaide, Australia has been named as the host city for the 2024 World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering.
The event, which is held once every three years, is one of the largest international gatherings of medical physicists, biomedical engineers and specialists from related fields. The 2024 event will see 2,500 delegates from 89 countries converge on Adelaide, 12-18 October.
The award of host status is a boost for the city, which hopes it can attract the most innovative companies and world leaders within the field. It comes on the back of the Adelaide Convention Bureau’s recent biomed showcase, which aimed to demonstrate the city’s medical talents.
Damien Kitto, CEO of Adelaide Convention Bureau, said: “[This award] will open the doors to trade investment, skilled migration and future development of the health sciences and medical industry. It is certainly an event we’re incredibly honoured to host and I congratulate Team Adelaide and the local bid team.”
Attendees to the World Congress are involved in cutting-edge research, and its setting in Adelaide is a fantastic opportunity for local South Australian industry to invest in research and development over the next six years.
Hon David Ridgeway MLC, minister for trade, tourism and investment, commented: “Securing this congress is a huge coup for South Australia and is set to attract 2,500 delegates and inject $17.6m into our economy. The new South Australian government has a strong plan to grow our tourism sector and a key part of that is attracting more events and conventions to South Australia.
“The equation is simple – more business conventions and visitors coming to South Australia brings more dollars into our economy and creates more jobs.”
Delegates attending the 2024 event will include members from several high profile organisations, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Organisation for Medical Physics (IOMP), and the International Atomic Energy Agency.