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Adelaide’s massive medical win – named host of the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering 2024

Adelaide, Australia has been announced at The World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering recently held in Prague, as the host city for the 2024 congress.   The event held every three years is arguably the most important and one of the largest international gatherings of medical physicists, biomedical engineers and specialists from related fields. 

The research and work undertaken by those within this genre will shape the future of healthcare and medicine and presents a fantastic opportunity for local South Australian industry to invest in research and development over the next six years.  

The win, secured just after the Adelaide Convention Bureau’s recent BioMed showcase is further testament that the focus by the Bureau on Health Sciences and Medical events is paying dividends.  Investment in infrastructure with the development of the largest Biomed City in the Southern and its collaboration with the Tonsley Innovation District which incorporates the Flinders University – just 15 minute drive from the city (or via a soon to be opened rail link) is the primary driver of this focus.   

The congress will attract the most innovative companies and world leaders within the field to Adelaide. Hosting the global delegates and companies is fundamental to South Australia remaining at the global forefront of the industry and in turn, assist the Bureau to continue to attract events of this calibre.   

The president of host organisation, the International Union for Physical and Engineering Science in Medicine (IUPSEM), Professor James Goh, said that the energy and enthusiasm of the South Australian bid alongside a presentation of the destination’s technology and research plus the ease with which many delegates will be able to access Adelaide contributed strongly to the voting for South Australia to win the event.    

Damien Kitto, CEO Adelaide Convention Bureau, said, "As the International Astronautical Congress put the focus of the Space Industry on Adelaide and bought about its resultant benefits, this too 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 led by University of South Australia’s Professor Eva Bezak who successfully prepared and presented the bid to the boards and voting members in Prague.  

"We have world class personnel, innovation and facilities in this city however waiting for the world to discover us is not an option – bringing it to our doorstep with events such as this is invaluable."   

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 $17.6 million into our economy.

“The new South Australian Marshall 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.

 “The next opportunity to maximise the benefit of the Congress is to disperse delegates into our regions before and after the conference, which is something we will achieve through our Linger Longer program. 

 “The Congress will bring thousands of delegates into Adelaide and something 18,700 bed nights which is great news for our hotels, restaurants, bars and city’s vibrancy. 

 “South Australia is very much ahead of the curve in the health industries and biomedical research space and hosting the World Congress will help open up more opportunities and trade partnerships in this sector.”

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