Bid fund delivers another win with Cairns to host IPMB in 2021
The Congress is a triennial meeting supported by IPMB and the American Society of Plant Biologists and is expected to attract over 1200 of the world’s leading plant molecular biologists and agricultural corporations.
The Congress will focus on the importance of developing multidisciplinary approaches to face climate change, population increase and the pivotal roles that plant molecular biology will play in achieving efficient crop production systems.
“In the next few decades the world expects two billion more mouths to feed while our climate changes, so understanding how plant growth, development and crop yield respond to the environment has never been more important. This Congress will bring together over a thousand plant biologists from around the world who are making the latest discoveries on how genes, proteins, metabolism and physiology influence plant growth,” said Dr Mylne.
The bid from 50 of Australia’s leading plant scientists in academia, government and industry, included the Directors for CSIRO’s Food and Agriculture Unit and the University of Queensland based, Queensland Alliance for Agricultural Food and Innovation. The bid was supported by the Business Events Australia National Bid Fund and the Tourism & Events Queensland Business Events Acquisition and Leveraging Fund.
“The support and collaboration of the Cairns Convention Centre together with Federal and State Government backing was pivotal in helping us to secure this Congress, which will increase the international profile of our Australian scientists and deliver significant outcomes for the agricultural sector.
“Having won the bid, we now intend to expand the organising committee and scientific panels as well as seek engagement from scientists abroad and the plant biology community at large to ensure this Congress is a success,” said Dr Mylne.
Ross Steele, general manager at Cairns Convention Centre, said the bid win was a coup for Cairns and required significant collaboration between academia, government and industry which indicates how important the IPMB Congress is to Australia.
“Dr Mylne and the Convention Centre team’s tenacity in helping to bring these elements together will deliver around $6m in economic benefit to our region,” he said. “More importantly, this event will have a positive impact on our agricultural community, which is Tropical North Queensland’s second largest industry.”