IUIS is being hosted in Africa for the first time. To secure the congress, the Cape Town proposal competed against bids from London, Paris, Mexico and Toronto, while South Africa’s ISME bid outranked proposals from Hawaii, Auckland, Beijing and Santiago.
Julie-May Ellingson, chief executive officer of the CTICC said: "We were up against some very stiff and capable competition. Winning these two prestigious bids was a team effort between the CTICC, the local organising committees of ISME and IUIS, as well as the Convention Bureau. Collectively, both events will bring over 8,500 experts to the city of Cape Town and will have a positive contribution to the economy and tourism." The CTICC hosted the local and international ISME association members including its board treasurer, and office and events heads in the run-up to the winning bid announcement.
Dr Thulani Makhalanyane, a member of the local organising committee who worked on all aspects to secure the bid added: "This will be the first ISME meeting on the African continent, and so we are ecstatic. The bid represented a unique opportunity to mobilise the currently fragmented field of microbial ecology on the African continent. We are hoping to attract a higher number of delegates from Africa than previous meetings."
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