ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter Workshop
Melbourne hosted the ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter business workshop, which ran across three days from the 16th to the 18th of September 2019. Now in its eleventh edition, the Workshop has proven to be one of the most sought-after events in this region with this edition attracting 16 association leaders and 19 ICCA member organisations to meet face-to-face to collaborate with each other. The ICCA workshop was co-organised by Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) and partnered with Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and Club Melbourne to showcase our amazing city, venues and research facilities.
Club Melbourne Ambassador, Professor Hugh Taylor AC took part in the business exchange meetings with various ICCA members to share insights on the International Council of Ophthalmology and its associated Congress as the Immediate Past President. He shares,
“I had a fascinating day talking with staff from 15 convention centres spread throughout the Asia Pacific. The centres varied quite a lot in their size and capacity so it was very interesting to talk about the range of global, regional and subspecialty meetings that they could host. It was also a brilliant opportunity to showcase our wonderful Convention Centre in Melbourne.”
On the final day of activities, the delegates were treated to a walking tour of the world-renowned Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, located just north of Melbourne’s CBD. Professor Frances Separovic AO who was in attendance states:
“The Melbourne Biomedical Precinct is made up of over 40 medical research institutes, biotechnology organisations, hospitals, and universities. The Precinct employs over 10,000 researchers and about 7,000 biomedical, health and medical and has strong collaborations with other universities, hospitals and research organisations throughout Victoria, Australia and the world.”
Post the precinct tour, the delegates attended a panel session moderated by Club Melbourne Ambassador Professor Julie Bernhardt AM and featuring Club Melbourne Ambassadors Associate Professor Greg Adamson, Professor Frank Dunshea and Professor Frances Separovic AO. The panel ignited conversations and discussions around the role of precincts in fostering collaboration, growing the city’s research credentials and amplifying international business events. Associate Professor Greg Adamson was in agreeance, stating, “the discussion highlighted the value that can emerge from centres of expertise, or precincts. While we live in an online world, face-to-face collaboration still gives us the edge in igniting collaboration which is so important to creating unique value."
Club Melbourne, MCB and ICCA are all extremely appreciative of our Club Melbourne Ambassadors taking the time to participate in the business workshop and for sharing their valuable insights and expertise.