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  • Why Melbourne's medical conference star shines brightly

    May 14, 2023

    Melbourne’s star as a top global destination for medical conferences shines brightly, with a massive 48 medical conferences set to take place within the next five years, attracting around 38,000 delegates.

    One reason Melbourne is the preferred destination for medical conferences is the city’s global reputation as a powerhouse in medical research, combined with impressive medical neighbourhoods and event infrastructure.

    The other is due to strong support the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) and its Knowledge Partners provide associations and corporate event planners to achieve engaging programs and outstanding outcomes.

    CODA 2022 

    Melbourne’s top notch medical neighborhoods and venues

    Huge investment has gone into major medical sector infrastructure in Melbourne, such as the Melbourne biomedical neighbourhood – Australia’s most important life science cluster and one of the top clusters of its kind in the world.

    The Melbourne biomedical neighbourhood is made up of over 40 hospitals, medical research institutes, biotechnology organisations and universities largely co-located in the north of downtown Melbourne.

    The reach of the biomedical neighbourhood goes beyond its geographical boundaries, with collaborations with other universities, hospitals and research organisations throughout the world.

    Melbourne Connect

    Located near the biomedical neighbourhood is the impressive Melbourne Connect multipurpose venue. At its core lies interdisciplinary collaboration, where researchers and industry participants cross traditional disciplines to creatively and ingeniously tackle complex problems

    Melbourne Connect also offers conference, workshop and event facilities – including a 38,750 square foot ‘Super Floor’, a 400-delegate lecture hall, meeting rooms and outdoor spaces.

    Learn more about Melbourne Connect’s conference space


    New medical infrastructure underway

    Melbourne’s medical infrastructure continues to grow, with construction underway on the state-of-the-art US $139 million Aikenhead Center for Medical Discovery (ACMD) - Australia’s first hospital-based biomedical engineering research centre.

    Due for completion in late 2024, ACMD brings together clinicians, engineers and scientists to tackle complex health challenges and collectively forge paths to uncover new treatments and techniques.

    A medical conference program that is fully walkable

    One of the highlights for medical conference organisers and delegates when choosing Melbourne, is the ease of getting around.

    There is a huge selection of conference venues, gala dinner venues and accommodation all within walking distance, eliminating the need for organising additional transfers. Delegates will also enjoy staying in the heart of Melbourne, rather than miles out of town, which is often the case in other major cities.

    Get ideas for a fully walkable medical conference program in Melbourne


    Impressive medical conference sustainability record

    Melbourne also has an impressive track record of hosting medical conferences that disrupt traditional delivery with outstanding sustainability deliverables, such as the Coda2022 conference.

    This non-profit healthcare association blazed trails in sustainability at their global conference in Melbourne. Their impressive initiatives to become a climate-neutral certified event wouldn’t have been possible without support from MCB to fulfill their aspirations.

    Check out this video case study about Coda22 to find out more...

    Accessing MCB Knowledge Partners to optimise your program

    MCB runs a successful Knowledge Partnership Program and works with Club Melbourne Ambassadors to secure and host your organisation’s conference, as well as support and enhance program development, tap into guest speakers and optimise your event.


    Include Melbourne in your next medical conference bid opportunity

    As Australia’s knowledge and innovation capital, Melbourne is a key global destination for successful medical conferences and impressive legacies.

    MCB has representation in key international markets including UK/Europe, North America, North Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania, and provides free support to help your organisation secure hosting rights throughout the bidding journey. Once successful, MCB work with you to bring your event to life in Melbourne. 

    For more information about Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s Knowledge City and how MCB can support associations in bringing their event to Melbourne visit