Christchurch welcomes return of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Congress


Christchurch will host the largest meeting of surgeons and allied health professionals in the Southern Hemisphere having secured the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress for 2024.

Christchurch last hosted the Annual Scientific Congress in 2007.

Over 1500 delegates, including 1300 international visitors, are expected to attend the congress which is being held at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.

ChristchurchNZ Business Events successfully bid for the Congress with support from Tourism New Zealand Business Events.

“Christchurch is recognised as a world-class hub for health education, research and innovation, and delegates will be able to experience this first hand at Christchurch’s Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct in the city centre,” said ChristchurchNZ chief executive Alison Adams.

The congress will include a five-day scientific programme with 1,000 presentations, a 2000sqm exhibition, 10 official dinners, and six pre-event workshops.

A mini-conference for younger fellows will take place concurrently outside of the city at one of Canterbury’s alpine retreat destinations.

“Many delegates are expected to be accompanied by their partners and family, and we are providing suggested touring itineraries to encourage delegates to travel after the conference,” Adams said.