The return of face to face connection is driving healthy delegation for ICC Sydney’s hosted events and its organisers. From the desire to rub shoulders with experts in their fields to the desire to travel and experience a new city and venue – this shone through in ICC Sydney’s first international event since the pandemic, the 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE).
ICC Sydney successfully supported ICMS Australasia (ICMSA) deliver the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering’s first international conference in Sydney attracting 1,368 in person and 501 virtual delegates with 627 international professionals from 76 countries including South Korea, US and the UK.
John Carter, local organising committee chair and emeritus professor at the University of Newcastle, commented: “This is a magnificent venue and an adornment to Sydney – our delegates have nothing but compliments on the venue and the city. The facilities have been terrific, the catering has been wonderful and the staff incredibly friendly. And to top it off – on one of the most beautiful harbours in the world.”
Leaving a legacy through hybrid
The organiser’s objective of ensuring a legacy was created through a library of content and shared knowledge that was underpinned by ICC Sydney’s successful hybrid execution and leading technical and production facilities, team expertise and digital infrastructure. The team’s support included streaming live sessions, on demand services and video editing whilst ensuring the onsite, live event experience for the in person delegation was engaging. The hybrid services were also critical to ensuring ICSMGE delegates that couldn’t attend would be able to tap into the state of the art lectures.
Bespoke menus to meet vision
To support the organiser’s vision, ICC Sydney’s culinary team worked with ICMSA to customise the menu, beverages and catering service from its Sundowners Function to its Gala Dinner to ensure a culinary journey through Australia. The menu and beverages championed local produce and wine from across the New South Wales region as well as other Australian regions.
Safety top of mind
ICC Sydney continues to adhere to all New South Wales government safety regulations exactly. Although all Omicron Covid19 safety measures have been eased in New South Wales, ICC Sydney’s standard is to ensure its guests feel safe with increased venue cleaning, hand sanitising stations and easy access to outdoors and open air spaces.
Emma Bowyer, managing director and owner of ICMS Australasia, said: “ICC Sydney has been extremely flexible and supportive over the last four years and throughout the pandemic. No other venue in Sydney is able to cope with such a large international conference and its requirements including hybrid – everything is under one roof, with an abundance of accommodation on its doorstep.”
Talk to the team today to bring your next event to ICC Sydney.
Helen Mantellato, senior business development manager of international and exhibitions