Brisbane’s strength in the health care sector helps secure world congress
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) will host the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2021 with an expected 2500 delegates set to attend.
A local host consortium including The Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia presented a united front working in collaboration with the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and key convention partners, Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing to secure the prestigious Congress.
The five day event is viewed as a great opportunity for Australia, home to some 29,000 registered pharmacists, with Brisbane positioning itself as an emerging hub of innovation in the health care sector, with a strong pharmaceutical sciences community at the forefront of research and education.
Consortium Chair Professor Parisa Aslani, from the University of Sydney’s School of Pharmacy, believes hosting FIP 2021 presents a unique opportunity for Australian pharmacy.
“Importantly we believe the Congress will give Australian pharmacy the opportunity to showcase its world leading expertise and practice particularly in the areas of education, research in pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences,” she said.
Professor Aslani said the Congress will provide a platform to showcase global innovation in pharmacy as well as challenges and opportunities for a future pharmacy sector.
BCEC Advocate Professor Lisa Nissen from Queensland’s University of Technology, who was also on the Bid Steering Committee, was a driving force and a strong champion for Brisbane as the host destination.
BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe said Brisbane’s strengths in science, research and health care and the Centre’s strong collaborative partnerships with the local scientific community continue to play an important role in attracting key sector conferences to Brisbane.
“These events provide a unique opportunity to showcase the Centre’s renowned expertise in hosting major international events and Brisbane’s outstanding appeal to international delegates,” he said. “We will show them the very best that Brisbane and BCEC has to offer.”