World's ageing experts will head to Sydney

Sydney's winning bid to host the World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in 2029 was the outcome of six years of collaborative efforts.

BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith says: "The rapid ageing of populations around the world presents an unprecedented set of opportunities."
BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith says: "The rapid ageing of populations around the world presents an unprecedented set of opportunities." Photo Credit: David Woolley

A six-year bidding effort by Business Events Sydney (BESydney), the Australian Association of Gerontology, the New Zealand Association of Gerontology and the Australian & New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine has reaped dividends, as Sydney as been selected to be the host city for the 24th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatric (IAGG) World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in 2029.

The Congress will take place at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) from 28 July – 3 August 2029, with a pre-Congress Leadership Summit in New Zealand.

The 2029 Congress is expected to attract around 4,500 delegates to Sydney over five days and BESydney estimates it will inject A$21.6 million (US$14 million) into the local economy.

The quadrennial World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics is the largest worldwide conference on ageing, sharing the latest science, research, training, technology, and policy development presented by the world's experts. Delegates include representatives from medicine, nursing, social science, psychological science, finance, policy fields, and other disciplines brought together to address approaches in improving the ageing experience for older adults.

BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith said, “Securing the IAGG World Congress for Sydney is the result of our strategic approach to target and attract the most significant global conferences down under so they can stimulate innovation and inform Australian researchers, practitioners and policy-makers in their work helping our country to meet its global potential.

“The Australia and New Zealand vision for the World Congress in Sydney to embrace all cultures, to improve the experience of ageing around the world effectively and sustainably, captured everyone’s imagination and was the right strategy for now, as the world begins to re-open and communities are seeking to build back better than before, with people and planet at the centre," she added.

IAGG World Congress was last held in Australia in Adelaide in 1997 and this will be Sydney's first time to host the Congress.



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