The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) brings researchers, physicians and government and health officials together in Melbourne for a four-day event from June 20 to 23 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).
Melbourne Convention Bureau CEO Karen Bolinger said: "The Annual Meeting of the ISSCR will have impact beyond the convention centre and out in the community, especially for those who will one day benefit from the work in this field."
The conference is the world’s largest stem cell meeting and will attract more than 2,500 delegates from 60 countries, delivering around US$13 million in economic impact for the state of Victoria.
Tourism and major events minister John Eren added: "Hosting this meeting is a big win for Victorian researchers, physicians and professionals – who will tap into and share a wealth of knowledge.
"Melbourne has an enviable reputation for hosting world-class business events and our MCEC expansion will continue to bring more of them to our state – strengthening our economy and creating Victorian jobs."
A free public forum with leading Australian researchers was held at Deakin Edge, Federation Square on Monday.