Brisbane hosts largest ever Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics
More than 1200 scientists descended on the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) for ISB 2017, which incorporated the Asian-Pacific Association for Biomechanics Conference (APAB) and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics (ANSB). The event was co-hosted by University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University in association with the ANSB and APAB.
ISB president Professor Andrew Cresswell said the idea for the Brisbane conference started more than seven years ago.
“With more than 80 per cent of delegates from over 50 countries, with one third from the Asia Pacific, the aim of hosting a truly international congress has been achieved,” he said.
Conference organisers said the city’s Team Brisbane approach together with the strong collaboration of Brisbane’s three leading universities were the key reasons for choosing Brisbane as the host city.
BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe said the centre was honoured to have worked with the three universities to win the bid and to welcome the international biomechanics fraternity to Brisbane.
“This reinforces the great outcomes for the city when Brisbane stakeholders work together to present a united front to attract these major international conferences,” he said.
Brisbane Convention Bureau acting general manager Juliet Alabaster said hosting international conferences like ISB 2017 enhances Brisbane’s reputation as a research and innovation hub in the Asia Pacific.
“The Brisbane Convention Bureau is proud to have worked with local institutions and BCEC to secure this international meeting on the evolving field of biomechanics,” she said. “Brisbane is a city of many medical breakthroughs and innovations, where delegates from all over the world can make influential connections and expand their knowledge.”