Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) today announced that Melbourne will host the 17th World Congress on Menopause 2020 (WCM). This is the first time the biennial congress will be held in Melbourne and is the largest gathering worldwide for specialists in the field of research and management of Menopause.

The four-day event will take place at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 30 April - 3rd May 2020, and is expected to attract to the city of Melbourne over 2,000 health care professionals and researchers from sectors including women's health, psychology, ageing, aged care, epidemiology, menopause and oncology.

Melbourne is Australia's knowledge, research and innovation capital, boasting 180 biotechnology companies, 10 major medical research institutes and 10 major teaching hospitals, making Melbourne one of the world's most successful destinations for Association health and medical conferences.

MCB partnered with Club Melbourne Ambassadors Professor Susan Davis, President-elect International Menopause Society and Researcher Monash University and Professor Gabor Kovacs AM, International Medical Director Monash IVF, to collaboratively bid to bring the event to Melbourne.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren said this win is a demonstration of the diversity of Melbourne's events capability.

"Business events are the highest yielding sector of the visitor economy and generate significant benefit for the city beyond dollars. Events such as this put Melbourne and Victoria on the world stage and showcase the work that is taking place in our own community in the research and management of Menopause at our world leading research institutes and universities," Mr Eren said.

Karen Bolinger, MCB Chief Executive Officer said Melbourne has a proven track record in hosting important health meetings.

"Melbourne has an outstanding international medical research reputation. The academic community is the backbone of our success. Conferences such as this foster knowledge exchange and partnership opportunities with global counterparts, building legacy opportunities that extend beyond the conference itself and reinforce Melbourne's international profile," Ms Bolinger said.

"Melbourne Convention Bureau has worked on bringing the 17th World Congress of Menopause to Victoria for six years, and it has truly been a team effort. The State Government, City of Melbourne, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Club Melbourne, Monash University and Australian Menopause Society worked collaboratively as Team Melbourne to deliver a bid proposition that showcased Melbourne's leadership in the sector, as well as capability and track record in delivering conferences of this calibre."

MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King praised the work that had been done to bring this congress to Melbourne.

"Collectively, our Team Melbourne partnership has a wealth of experience in securing and delivering successful conferences for Melbourne, which generate valuable opportunities for collaboration and encourage moments of inspiration," Mr King said.

"Our Club Melbourne Ambassadors work tirelessly to bring together experts and researchers to share ideas, and the entire Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre team is looking forward to welcoming these great minds in 2020."

Professor Mary Ann Lumsden, President International Menopause Society said Melbourne's bid to host WCM was stand out.

"The International Menopause Society is delighted to be visiting Australia again to hold our World Congress on Menopause in 2022. We last held our congress on Australian shores in 1996, and since that time Melbourne has become a renowned centre for scientific research into women's midlife health and we feel provides both an ideal scientific setting as well as a beautiful location to visit for all our delegates.

"We look forward to working with our colleagues and partners in Melbourne to provide a successful and valuable meeting, to further knowledge and provide educational opportunities about women's health during midlife, for all the delegates who will gather from around the world," Professor Lumsden concluded.

Professor Susan Davis, President-elect International Menopause Society and Club Melbourne Ambassador is looking forward to the event coming to Melbourne.

"I welcome the opportunity to showcase Melbourne to the global community of health practitioners in the field."

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