Melbourne’s Medical Conference Reputation Shines Brightly

12th May, 2023

Melbourne’s star as a top global destination for medical conferences shines brightly, with a massive 48 medical conferences set to take place within the next five years, attracting around 38,000 delegates.

One reason Melbourne is the preferred destination for medical conferences is the city’s global reputation as a powerhouse in medical research, combined with impressive medical precincts and event infrastructure.

The other is due to strong support the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) and its Knowledge Partners provide associations and corporate event planners to achieve engaging programs and outstanding outcomes.

Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity 

Melbourne’s top notch medical precincts and venues

Huge investment has gone into major medical sector infrastructure in Melbourne, such as the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct – Australia’s most important life science cluster and one of the top clusters of its kind in the world.

The Melbourne Biomedical Precinct is made up of over 40 hospitals, medical research institutes, biotechnology organisations and universities largely co-located in the north of downtown Melbourne.

The reach of the Biomedical Precinct goes beyond its geographical boundaries, with collaborations with other universities, hospitals and research organisations throughout the world.

Melbourne Connect

Located near the Biomedical Precinct is the impressive Melbourne Connect multipurpose venue. At its core lies interdisciplinary collaboration, where researchers and industry participants cross traditional disciplines to creatively and ingeniously tackle complex problems

Melbourne Connect also offers conference, workshop and event facilities – including a 3,600-square metre ‘Super Floor’, a 400-delegate lecture hall, meeting rooms and outdoor spaces.

Learn more about Melbourne Connect’s conference space

New medical infrastructure underway

Melbourne’s medical infrastructure continues to grow, with construction underway on the state-of-the-art AUD $206 million Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) - Australia’s first hospital-based biomedical engineering research centre.

Due for completion in late 2024, ACMD brings together clinicians, engineers and scientists to tackle complex health challenges and collectively forge paths to uncover new treatments and techniques.

Benefits of tapping into MCB’s Knowledge Partners

The MCB team is highly skilled at identifying or establishing highly engaged local organising committees in your sector to support the end-to-end process in bringing your event to life in Melbourne. 

MCB does this by harnessing input from its relevant Knowledge Partners that are globally recognised experts in your field, then takes the lead by project managing the bid submission.

For example, MCB Knowledge Partner, the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute (Bio21 Institute), has been prolific in producing some of Australia’s most internationally acclaimed research in molecular science and biotechnology. 

However, it has also made a significant contribution to securing some of the most prominent scientific events for Melbourne. 

The Bio21 Institute’s leading academics have collaborated with MCB on securing three premier scientific events over the next two years, that cement Melbourne’s position as a leader in biological sciences. 

These include the International Congress of Genetics 2023, General Assembly and Congress of the International Union of Crystallography 2023, and the Congress of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2024. 

Combined, these conferences will attract delegates from more than 77 countries and deliver in excess of AUD $67 million to the local economy.

Include Melbourne in your next medical conference bid opportunity

As Australia’s knowledge and innovation capital, Melbourne is a key global destination for successful medical conferences and impressive legacies.

MCB has representation in five countries including EMEA and provides free support to help your organisation secure hosting rights throughout the bidding journey. Once successful, MCB work with you to bring your event to life in Melbourne. 

For more information about Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s Knowledge City and how MCB can support associations in bringing their event to Melbourne visit

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