Ambassadors honoured for $95 million conference boost

Fourteen Club Melbourne Ambassadors were last night awarded for securing nine international conferences in 2018, at the Program’s annual awards ceremony, held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

These nine conferences are expected to generate an estimated $95 million in economic impact to the state of Victoria and deliver 63,700 delegate days.

Since its inception in 2005, Club Melbourne Ambassadors have helped secure 144 events for Melbourne, contributing over $910 million in economic impact.

Presenting at the awards ceremony, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust Chairman John Brumby acknowledged the significant contribution Ambassadors make through volunteering both their time and expertise to the Program.

“At MCEC, we feel we have a responsibility to proactively develop and invest in new event ideas to attract new business to Melbourne – and our Ambassadors compliment this perfectly,” Brumby said.

“Our industry looks to Melbourne and this Program as a true success story in the benefit it provides to Victoria – over $910 million and counting. We’re incredibly excited by the future and the opportunity to really innovate in this space.”

The 14 Club Melbourne Ambassador award recipients are:

Associate Professor Greg Adamson  (Bid Assist) – IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors Meeting (BOG) 2019

Mr John Bartlett  (Bid Assist) – 11th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain 2022

Professor Robin Batterham AO (Bid Lead) – XXXI International Mineral Processing Congress 2022

Professor Philip Batterham (Bid Lead) – XXIII International Congress of Genetics 2023

Professor Julie Bernhardt AM (Bid Assist) – Stroke Conference (official name and date under embargo)

Professor Arthur Christopoulos (Bid Lead) – 20th IUPHAR World Congress of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology 2026

Professor Geoffrey Donnan AO (Bid Assist) – Stroke Conference (official name and date under embargo)

Mr Stephen Durkin (Bid Assist) – XXXI International Mineral Processing Congress 2022

Dr Cathy Foley (Bid Lead) – 7th International Conference of Women in Physics 2020

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni (Bid Assist) – CINP World Congress 2022

Professor Sarah Maddison (Bid Lead) – 7th International Conference of Women in Physics 2020

Professor Alistair Moffat (Bid Assist) – International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE) 2021

Emeritus Professor Phillip Nagley AM (Bid Assist) – 26th International Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2024

Professor Hans Westerbeek  (Bid Assist) – 11th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain 2022