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Mice Net : August 2009
case study C CS2009 NAME: 5th World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery (PCCS 2009) TYPE: International Association World Congress VENUE: Cairns Convention Centre CLIENT: PCCS2009 Australia & New Zealand Organising Committee and health professionals committed to research and care of children with heart disease. NO. ON ORGANISING TEAM: 12 PAX: 2290 registrants from 81 countries BUDGET: Limited WHAT YOU DID: This world congress is held every four years and consists of seven sub-speciality meeting partners including Paediatric Interventional Cardiac Symposium, World Society for Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, The Paediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society, Congenital Cardiac Anaesthesia Society, International Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease, The Paediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society and Pedirythm. One of the greatest challenges and achievements was uniting the seven subspecialities together as one entity. It took years of discussion to bring all sections under the one banner at the world congress. PCCS2009 Conference Chair Professor Jim Wilkinson said the results confirmed the event’s triumph with 2290 registrants from 81 countries, 1432 abstract submissions, 37 exhibitors, 412 invited oral presentations, 160 oral abstracts and 1140 posters. Events like these do not happen overnight. It was eight years in the planning for the Australian & New Zealand Organising Committee and their chosen professional conference organiser ICMS Pty Ltd. The destination also attributed to the success. As a convention city, Cairns ticked all the boxes. This is the 13th event that ICMS has held in Cairns and the relationships developed really shone through. With more than 2200 delegates attending from 81 countries it was essential to provide a wide range of accommodation options. More than 4400 room nights were sourced by ICMS using 12 properties, and another 4000 rooms were booked direct. SPECIAL TOUCHES: A conference highlight was the new ideas and solutions in the areas of risk management. The program presented high profile speakers such as General Molan who lead the Australian army in the Iraq campaign, Lew Short, from the Country Fire Authority on lessons learnt from the devastation of Australia’s Victorian bushfires and Qantas Airways representative, Geoff Sartori from an airline risk perspective. PCCS 2009 Scientific Committee Co-Chair Professor Dan Penny said risk management is such an important issue in today’s society, and to hear speakers outside our realm of expertise was inspiring, educational and a topic that every delegate from every nation could learn from. Entertainment for the opening ceremony was sourced locally with a ‘Welcome to 36 mice.net A U G U 6 S 6 T 3 2 1 0 . 0 9 – M I C E . N E T A S E S T U D Y N O 2 -