Brisbane to host Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting

In 2021 the world-leading environmental science conference will be held outside North America for the first time.

Some of the world’s most respected scientists are heading to the river city of Brisbane for the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) Annual Meeting in 2021.

It will be the first time the American-based society SFS has held its annual meeting outside of North America.

Both the country’s reputation in water management and strong freshwater science community, along with a push to expand the Society’s international reach were key to the decision to hold the event in Australia.

Queensland’s Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said securing this event for Brisbane demonstrated the strength of the state’s capital as a major event host.

"Queensland is the perfect host for business events like the SFS Annual Meeting, where delegates can enjoy our vibrant capital city and world-class tourism offerings in between their conference commitments."

"The Queensland Government is proud to support business events like this which are vital to Queensland's tourism industry - attracting visitors and promoting our destinations."

Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan said: "Our Business Events Bid Fund was established to ensure Australia’s competitive position when bidding for these lucrative and important events against international competitors, and it’s great to see this win for Brisbane come through.

"Since the launch of the fund, ten bids have been converted worth nearly $100 million for Australia’s economy."

Professor Stuart Bunn, director, Australian Rivers Institute (ARI) said: "The 2021 Annual Meeting will be co-hosted with the Australian and New Zealand freshwater science societies, making this the biggest meeting of its kind to be held in Australia. It is expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates, including strong representation from places like China, Japan and Korea.

"With freshwater the most threatened ecosystem in the world, the meeting will provide Brisbane with the opportunity to showcase the city’s science capability and highlight Australia’s long-standing reputation for the sustainable management of its water resources."

General manager, Bob O’Keeffe said: "As an island continent and river city we are surrounded by water and collaborating with world-leading experts in this field of science is of great value and paramount importance to Queenslanders and our local science community." 

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