New research tells the stories behind ground-breaking global discoveries
Business Events Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney have joined forces to undertake the research, which demonstrates the vital role that conferences have played in some of the most significant global discoveries of the last 50 years.
Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of BESydney, said that the stories in The Power of Conferences demonstrate exactly how important conferences are.
“These stories show why it’s vital to take the long view when thinking about conferences, and the impact they have,” she said. “All the individuals in this book have helped to change the face of health, science and society, and each one has used conferences in some way to do that.”
Nobel Laureates Barry Marshall and Brian Schmidt, share their stories, while Professor Ian Frazer talks about the role conferences played in his discovery of the HPV vaccine, which is saving millions of women from HPV-related cancer – and may eradicate it within a generation.
For the father of photovoltaics, Scientia Professor Martin Green, conferences played an integral part in helping him and his team ‘outpace’ NASA and COMSAT in the global race to create a solar cell with 20 per cent efficiency – and more recently go on to achieve an unequalled efficiency level of 40 per cent.
The book was authored by Associate Professor Deborah Edwards and Associate Professor Carmel Foley, together with writer Cheryl Malone.
The Power of Conferences is available for download now from the UTS ePress website.