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In a win that proves beach meetings really do mean business,
Broome’s Cable Beach Resort was recently named to host the
European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) workshop in
October this year.
A first for Australia, the workshop will run from October 6 to 9 and
is anticipated to bring together 200 delegates and an estimated
value of $500,000 in direct delegate expenditure into the region.
A significant national and international forum for knowledge
exchange in its field, the workshop will focus on Wnt signaling,
which involves clinical research surrounding stem cell biology,
regeneration and disease.
Professor Elizabeth Vincan, convener, is a laboratory head in the
Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of
Melbourne, and the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference
Laboratory at the Doherty Institute, Melbourne. Over these two
campuses she has established a research program which
investigates the role of Wnt in development and disease.
“This international meeting is a real coup for Australia and will
enrich our scientific fabric,” Professor Vincan said.
Professor Vincan and the committee discussed several locations
in Australia for the meeting, but when international colleagues were
asked about what epitomises “Australia”, the two most common
responses were “beautiful beaches” and the “outback”. This
narrowed the choice down to Australia’s North West coast and
after a site inspection of the North West, professor Vincan fell in
love with Broome Cable Beach – “it is a little piece of heaven on
earth,” she said.
“Importantly, North West Australia is the region closest to Europe
and Asia, and a successful EMBO workshop will open this region and
the rest of the west coast as viable conference destinations,” she said.
Bureau chief Paul Beeson said he was pleased Western Australia
had secured this significant medical conference on behalf of Australia.
“The benefits of medical conferences are not solely economic
nor tourism focused; there are many social dividends including
increased business activity and investment, knowledge transfer,
and enhancing WA’s international profile.”
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New community relations division at PCB
Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) announced a new community
relations division in March, with the bureau’s Caitlin Craig at the helm.
The new division will take effect from July, and with Ms Craig as
director of community relations, will focus its efforts on local
conveners, ambassadors and convention services.
“PCB’s local convener methodology has contributed to the
bureau’s nation-leading ROI to government of $31 for every dollar
invested,” bureau chief Paul Beeson, said.
“W ithin her success at PCB, Caitlin’s specific work developing local
West Australian conveners was outstanding; hence her appointment.
Previously senior business development manager at PCB, Ms
Craig has a background in tourism with more than six years’
experience at the bureau.
“It has been a pleasure working with PCB for the last six years
and I am looking forward to this new chapter,” Ms Craig said.
“PCB has a long history of supporting local conveners with the
celebration of our 40th anniversary only last year. This new division
will continue to recognise and profile their high level of contribution
to Western Australia,” she said. m
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