More than 2,000 visitors came to Sydney for the five-day congress and business meeting at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, which included more than 750 live scientific presentations, poster sessions and a trade exhibition of more than 40 stands.
Sydney won the bid to host the conference following a gruelling nine-year process against stiff competition from the UK, South Korea, the US and a joint bid by Argentina and Brazil.
Event convener and Australian surgeon Dr Roland Hicks credited Business Events Sydney (BESydney) with Sydney’s win. “If we didn’t have [BESydney], we wouldn’t have won the bid, it’s as simple as that,” he said.
“It took a professional bid to overcome regional politics and bring the event to Australia.”