Sydney Forges Science Partnership with Research Australia

Travel News Asia Wednesday, 1 August 2007

The Sydney Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB) has put its support behind Australia's successful science and research sector, leading a new partnership with national advocacy group Research Australia.

Representing Sydney's Business Events Liaison Group (BELG), the SCVB has become a Platinum Member of Research Australia in an effort to support the country's scientific and medical communities.

In return, the SCVB hopes to foster a greater appreciation of the role of conferences and events in developing Australia's scientific and medical sectors, and forge closer ties with the decision makers who bring conference business from around Australia and overseas.

SCVB Managing Director Jon Hutchison said international scientific and medical communities provided Sydney's biggest sources of conference business.

"Scientific and medical conferences don't just provide an important economic benefit to our city, they also allow Australian researchers to connect with scientific leaders from around the world and create enormous opportunities for our local industries," Mr Hutchison said.

"By creating a partnership with Research Australia, we aim to develop not only Sydney's conference sector, but also the many successful institutions leading Australia's work in international medical and scientific research," he said.

Mr Hutchison said the partnership was part of the SCVB's whole-of-city approach to developing Sydney's conference sector, involving all members of the BELG.

The BELG is a coalition of the SCVB, the New South Wales Department of State and Regional Development, the City of Sydney, the Sydney  Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, the Sydney Chamber of Commerce, Tourism New South Wales and the New South Wales Major Events Board.

By joining Research Australia, the SCVB and BELG partners will attend regular Research Australia events and gain access to a range of member benefits including publications and regular networking opportunities. Key initiatives include a boardroom lunch at the Australian Stock Exchange where the SCVB will present to leading research institutes and universities.

Research Australia is a national not-for-profit alliance of organisations and companies committed to making health and medical research a higher national priority. Its members including many of Australia's leading medical research institutes and organisations, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, universities and academic institutions, hospitals and health services.

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