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Sydney Success Hosting World Congress of the Transplantation Society

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Thursday, 4 September 2008

Sydneys reputation for staging prestigious medical events has been reinforced by its largest meeting of the year - the World Congress of the Transplantation Society 2008 - held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in August.

The event attracted more than 4300 delegates and filled every meeting room as well as two exhibition halls at the waterfront Centre, with delegates praising the venue for its location and professionalism.

Attended by physicians, surgeons and scientists involved in the transplantation of tissues and organs, the biennial Congress was notable for its content as well as its size.

Coordinated by professional conference organiser The Meeting Planners, the event drew a record number of abstract papers, with more than 1000 posters available online to delegates in the largest ever use of Event Infotechs new E-presenter program.

Delegates could access the posters at dedicated terminals in the poster display area, or via their own laptop computers, with the Centre creating a secure wireless network throughout the venue for Congress attendees.

The event was one of the Centres largest ever audio visual exercises, with the venue working with organisers to facilitate audio recordings of every session. These were uploaded to the Congress website, along with video streams of all key plenary sessions, enabling vital information to be shared worldwide.

The five-day Congress opened on August 10 with a memorable ceremony, which included the Australian Girls Choir singing to delegates as they led them from the Centres auditorium to the welcome reception in its halls.

Many delegates also took the opportunity to enjoy more music during their stay, with 800 attending an operatic performance at the Sydney Opera House during the Congress.

The World Congress of the Transplantation Society was won for Sydney in 2002, with Business Events Sydney working with Congress Chair, Dr Jeremy Chapman, to secure the event.

One of the largest global medical events, the prestigious Congress was previously held in Sydney in 1988.

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