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ICRA18 at the BCEC.
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) welcomed more than 3000 of the world’s
leading robotic experts together with a small army of robots for the 2018 IEEE International
Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) for six days in May. Leading robotics and
automation researchers, engineers and designers converged on Brisbane to share their ground
breaking research and their vision on what our lives will look like in 20 years with robotics and
artificial intelligence the next big technical compass.
Robots ruled – in the foyers and exhibition halls of the centre – robots that protect the Great
Barrier Reef, fruit picking robots, giant automated diggers, robotic portrait artists and then there
was Pepper, the companion robot who can interpret emotions, have a chat, run errands and
even provide counselling!
This was the first time in the 35 year history of the flagship international conference that it had
been held south of the equator and Brisbane, as an international research hub for robotics,
attracted the international who’s who in the very fast paced robotics space, exceeding
expectations on all fronts with more than 80 per cent of delegates from overseas.
SPECIAL TOUCHES: There was a new approach to the format of the conference program at
this meeting, bringing together interactive sessions, poster displays and robot competitions into
the exhibition area for maximum engagement.
The centre’s facilities, with the exhibition space directly adjacent to the main auditorium and
convention space, proved ideal for this activity.
Delegates who could not attend the conference in person could connect with ICRA from
anywhere in the world via the Beam Telepresence Robot Service – they could hear and see
keynote speakers, visit the exhibition, talk to other attendees all via their own incredible
LEGACIES: With the Brisbane event attracting record delegate numbers, organisers believe
ICRA 2018 will cement people’s vision of the future of robotics in Australia and put Brisbane and
Australia on the map for the technology revolution.
For Queensland tourism and investment there will be legacies into the future with a large
number of delegates taking advantage of the state’s great tourism offering while being able to
collaborate with local innovators and entrepreneurs. Thirty-seven per cent of ICRA delegates
surveyed spent time in other parts of Queensland while 67 per cent indicated they would
recommend visiting Brisbane to family and friends.
CLIENT’S COMMENT: “All of the team worked with us proactively to find solutions to all the
challenges thrown at them and the event ran seamlessly. There was a lot of ‘never been done
before’ asked for at ICRA and BCEC accommodated all of them, even when numbers
increased at the last minute. The kitchen pulled out all the stops at very short notice to ensure
every delegate was taken care of. I felt that BCEC was not just a venue, but a true partner
invested in ICRA and every team member contributed to the outstanding success of the
– ICMS Australasia m
NAME: 2018 IEEE International Conference on
Robotics and Automation
TYPE: Conference & Exhibition
DATE: May 2018
BY: ICMS Australasia
VENUE: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition
Getting down to
business at ICRA 2018.
ICRA 2018 also
combined an exhibition.
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NAME: World Polymer Congress MACRO 2018
DATE: July 2018
BY: Royal Australian Chemical Institute &
International Union for Pure and Applied
Chemistry (Co-Chair Professor Martina Stenzel)
VENUE: Cairns Convention Centre
CONGRESS MACRO 2018
Following a successful bid presented in 2013, the Cairns Convention Centre proudly welcomed
MACRO 2018 and its 800 delegates in July. The centre started working with the client,
Professor Martina Stenzel from the University of NSW in 2012, to present Cairns as the ideal
destination for the world congress.
World-leaders in polymer research, academics, students, industrial professionals from
universities, research organisations and the polymer industry from around the world, came
together for a week of science and camaraderie. They shared knowledge at the interface
between polymer science and other disciplines that address a range of important issues faced
by our modern society such as medicine, innovation in industry, energy and the environment.
The extensive scientific program showcased just how far multidisciplinary polymer science
has come and how collaborations across fields are the best approach to tackle today’s
challenges. Five plenary presentations, 150 invited symposia presentations, a trade exhibition,
poster sessions and two amazing social events made up the week-long program.
SPECIAL TOUCHES: The reputation of MACRO events goes further than great science; they
are also famous for their warm and convivial atmosphere. In 2018 the social program
highlighted Australian heritage and the region of Cairns. A welcome reception with Australian
animals and Indigenous performers was held on the Outdoor Plaza of the Cairns Convention
Centre, with the gala dinner in the centre’s Great Hall.
An extensive range of pre and post conference tours included the Great Barrier Reef, World
Heritage Rainforest, Australian wildlife, adventure and cultural experiences which were also
enjoyed by delegates, their accompanying partners and family.
CLIENT’S COMMENT: “Cairns was chosen for the congress as it is a cost-effective destination
with excellent airline access and outstanding recreational activities to attract maximum delegate
numbers. Cairns’ excellent conference facilities led to the World Polymer Congress MACRO
2018 being a huge success.”
– Professor Stenzel, Co-Chair, MACRO 2018 m
Getting down to
business at MACRO 2018.
It’s gala dinner time
at MACRO 2018.
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