The Adelaide Convention Bureau and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) have forged a relationship that is delivering results well before the world-class $200 million health and medical research institute officially opens its doors later this year.
adelaide-cbJust announced is the successful bid by the Adelaide Convention Bureau in conjunction with SA Cancer Service’s Professor Dorothy Keefe and the Convention Centre to host the 2016 International Symposium on Supportive Care in Cancer – an event worth $5.7 m for South Australia.

Some 1,500 of the world's top supportive care researchers and practitioners, along with patients and advocates are expected to attend the four-day symposium providing an excellent opportunity to create networks and connections between the international and local cancer health and research community.

Damien Kitto, CEO Adelaide Convention Bureau said, “We recently formed a ‘science alliance’ with three other destinations – Hyderabad in India, Daejeon in South Korea and Toulouse in France. This alliance, whilst in early stages, will see the four cities working to assist each other with bid submissions and lead opportunities with respect to international science-based conferences.

“SAHMRI adds an entirely new level to the benefits of hosting health and medical science events in Adelaide. The advantages to our local researchers by hosting the events, where the focus of the world within their particular scientific genre is set firmly on Adelaide, is invaluable,” he said.

In consultation with SAHMRI, the Adelaide Convention Bureau and Adelaide Convention Centre has recently worked to identify and bid for major conferences linked to SAHMRI’s seven research themes, including: Aboriginal Health; Cancer; Nutrition and Metabolism; Infection and Immunity; Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children; Heart Health; Mind and Brain.

To this end, there is already $62 million in economic benefit to SA of confirmed convention business that has a link to one of the medical areas linked to SAHMRI, coming to Adelaide within the next three years.   In addition, a further $91 million worth of business is currently in the development pipeline.

“The Riverbank Precinct with SAHMRI, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and the redeveloped Adelaide Convention Centre, will showcase South Australia's finest talent and our international visitors will have the opportunity to tour our exciting new facilities.”