AUSSIE FIRST: Cairns to host global science conference

The International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology is heading to Australia for the first time and will be hosted at the Cairns Convention Centre in July 2022.

The global event will bring together over 700 leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of vertebrate morphology, such as biomechanics, evolutionary developmental biology and palaeontology.

The congress also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends and concerns, as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of vertebrate morphology.

Hosted by the International Society of Vertebrate Morphology, the conference will be attended by delegates from over 40 countries, with experts from a variety of international universities such as Harvard, Cambridge, Yale, Chicago, and Brown.

“Cairns was the perfect choice for the 2022 congress,” said Dr Olga Panagiotopoulou from the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, who led Australia’s bid to host the event.

“Over recent years, Australia has become a leading nation in vertebrate research, and we wanted to bring the international community to a city where they could network together and explore one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.”

Australia competed against Portugal, Italy and the US for the rights to host the international event.

“Hosting the congress in Cairns will help us attract international experts, a broad range of delegates and shine a light on the local industry,” Panagiotopoulou said.

“The Cairns Convention Centre is the perfect host venue. It is close to a variety of accommodation options, an ideal size conference facility, and Cairns provides a lot of pre- and post-touring options for delegates.”

Janet Hamilton, general manager of Cairns Convention Centre, said: “Attracting this event is a fantastic opportunity for Cairns in 2022.

“The centre’s business development team will continue working closely with the society executives and Dr Panagiotopoulou to deliver an exceptional international meeting.”