Sydney has been named host city for the 24th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatric (IAGG) World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in 2029.
The 2029 Congress is expected to attract around 4,500 delegates to Sydney over five days.
Collaborating with BESydney, the Australian Association of Gerontology led the bid, working together with collaborative partners the New Zealand Association of Gerontology and the Australian & New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine.
Co-Bid Leaders Professor Julie Byles, Global Innovation Chair in Responsive Transitions in Health and Ageing, Newcastle University, and Professor Keith Hill, Director of the Rehabilitiation, Ageing and Independent Living (RAIL) research centre, Monash University, jointly said the bid win was a “wonderful outcome” for the gerontological and geriatrician communities across Australia and New Zealand.
“We are honoured to have been selected by our global colleagues to lead this critical conversation about ageing together and ageing well,” they stated.
“Importantly, the IAGG World Congress in Sydney in 2029 represents an opportunity for students and early career participants to come together and to form lasting global relationships that will help shape their professional activities into the future.”
IAGG World Congress was last held in Australia in Adelaide in 1997 and this will be the first time that Sydney has hosted the Congress, which will be held at International Convention Centre Sydney.
“The rapid ageing of populations around the world presents an unprecedented set of opportunities and securing the IAGG World Congress for Sydney is the result of our strategic approach to target and attract the most significant global conferences down under so they can stimulate innovation and inform Australian researchers, practitioners and policy-makers in their work helping our country to meet its global potential,” said BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith.
“The Australia and New Zealand vision for the World Congress in Sydney to embrace all cultures to improve the experience of ageing around the world effectively and sustainably captured everyone’s imagination and was the right strategy for now as the world begins to re-open and communities are seeking to build back better than before, with people and planet at the centre.”