The 1st ISA World Congress was held in Zurich in 1950 and has since rotated around the world. The congress typically attracts between 3,000-5,000 sociologists from around the world.
The congress encompasses an extensive academic program that is held over 7 days and includes up to 70 parallel sessions. The registration fee for delegates is low to encourage participants from developing countries, however, due to the many meeting rooms required, the venue costs are quite high. Therefore, financial viability is a key factor and assistance from the LOC in terms of attracting sponsorship and government funding is vital in making this a viable proposition for Melbourne.