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Mice Net : October 2008
sydney surrounds so you want to organise a meeting? a reVamped Seminar format delivered the same message to association executives in Sydney recently - bid to win. P latform 08 is the new and improved Reachout half-day seminar program devised by the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre and Business Events Sydney (formerly the Sydney Convention & Visitors Bureau) that aims to entice association executives to bid for their international meeting. Held at the centre recently it paints an exciting picture to those who are considering putting their hand up to host an international event tied to their specific discipline. Attending the 2007 event was Monica Persson from Audiology Australia who told invited guests that her participation in that day was the catalyst for her to bid for the XXXII International Congress of Audiology which will now be held in Sydney in 2014. Case studies on successful events were also part of the program. Co Chair of the 10th International Congress on Obesity 2006, Professor Ian Caterson, and appointed PCO, Bryan Holliday of ICMS Australasia gave the nuts and bolts of the program before, during and after the big event. This was followed by presentations from Chair of the 18th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation – 2007, Dr Susan Scott, and the appointed PCO for this conference, Robyn Johnson of Conexion Event Management. For Dr Scott, part of the reason why she and her organisation wanted to host the international congress in Australia was to increase the profile of the association’s discipline to government, funding agencies, the rest of the world, and the wider community. They also wanted to forge deeper relationships within related industries, give students the opportunity to interact with world experts, and use the congress as an opportunity to lobby for a large piece of research equipment. She said all objectives were met and they were closer to seeing the research equipment a reality than they were prior to the congress. All speakers spoke favourably of the free assistance that the Sydney bureau offers, and the importance of utilising professional congress organisers. 82 mice.net stress free bookings for The University of Sydney Venue Collection held a magnificent launch event recently to celebrate the merging of two key business units into one entity. According to the organisation, the benefits of the merger is that The University of Sydney Venue Collection can now provide a streamlined venue booking service for all venues within The University of Sydney as well as professional catering and event management. At the launch The University of Sydney Venue Collection showcased key venues within the University of Sydney (Nicholson Museum, MacLaurin Hall and The Great Hall). Complementing the venues was the exceptional and innovative cuisine with guests enchanted by the high level of talent provided by students from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, including duelling piano performers. The University of Sydney Venue Collection showcased why they are becoming one of the leading venue options for clients looking for unique venues, exceptional catering and event management. An added benefit of holding an event at the university is that all profits generated from events stays within the university community to enrich the student experience by providing scholarships, funding student clubs and societies and giving students leadership opportunities. For further details contact The University of Sydney Venue Collection on (02) 9563 6245 or visit the website www.univenues.com.au. university collection