The Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC) has secured its bid to to host the 2022 International Congress on Immunology (IUIS2022).
The win means the congress will come to Africa for the first time, bringing an estimated 6,000 delegates to share a wealth of knowledge with the city and province.
Led by South African Immunology Society (SAIS) president and professor of Immunology at University of Cape Town, Clive Gray and Federation of African Immunology Societies (FAIS) secretary general Faith Osier (based at KEMRI-Welcome Trust in Kilifi, Kenya), Cape Town’s bid beat proposals put forward from London, Paris, Toronto and Mexico City.
Bid co-chair professor Gray said the task was “to build a pre-conference legacy over the next six years by galvanising the best minds on the continent and growing new minds to become part of the global immunology community. In 2022, we want to bring the world’s best and most exciting immunologists to Cape Town and task them to put their minds to the infectious disease burden in Africa and translate immunology to human health.”
Wesgro (the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape) CEO Tim Harris said the bid win “enhances Cape Town and the Western’s Cape appeal as a business events destination and will be a big boost for our local knowledge economy”.
CTICC chief executive officer Julie-May Ellingson praised what she said was an “enormous team effort” between the CTICC, Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau” in securing the 2022 congress.