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Mice Net : August 2009
case study C sea turtle mania NAME: 29th International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation HOST: International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS) BY: ICMS Australasia PAX: 682 delegates from 66 countries VENUE: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre WHAT YOU DID: The International Sea Turtle Society promotes and advances global knowledge of sea turtle biology and conservation through this annual symposium - the world’s largest event dedicated to discussion on sea turtles. The 2009 conference was the first time this event has been held in the southern hemisphere. The theme of the 29th symposium – Creating Community Collaboration – was chosen to reflect the society’s goal to bring the turtle community together in an environment conducive to learning and sharing. Staying true to the symposium’s overall objective of creating community collaboration was a definite highpoint of the event for PCO Suellen Holland from ICMS Australasia. “This was primarily and successfully achieved by the official welcome event at the South Bank Piazza, which included a Welcome to Country, a special cultural welcome to country by the Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal dancers and an information session on sea turtles within Australian waters by society president, Dr Col Limpus - all significant representations of this initiative,” Ms Holland said. CHALLENGES: Traditionally only morning and afternoon networking breaks had previously been catered for at this event. The challenge of providing fast and convenient catering to accommodate tight budgeting constraints was put to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre’s Director of Food & Beverage, Kevin Gulliver, who in collaboration with PCO, Suellen Holland developed an appropriate lunchbox solution. SPECIAL TOUCHES: Green initiatives for the event included: selection of local produce with unused packaged meals donated to Foodbank; used cardboard lunch boxes were recycled through the centre’s waste streaming system; jute canvas satchel with fittings made from coconut; reusable bamboo lanyards with recyclable plastic pockets; conference gift was an aluminium drink bottle – no plastic or paper cups were used; pens were bio-degradable and made of cornstarch; every effort was made to reduce paper waste, and printing of all conference materials utilised 100 per cent post consumer recycled paper or paper sourced from sustainable resources such as softwood forests; and use of recyclable display systems for the exhibition component. CLIENT’S COMMENT: “The venue worked in total unison with both myself and the client, which resulted in the seamless delivery of a great event.” - PCO, Suellen Holland mice.net 29 A U G U S T 3 2 1 0 0 9 – D M I C S E . E N S E A T T U Y N O . 2 6 6 -