October 6, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Auckland will host the International Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) eGrid Conference in December 2022, bringing the event to New Zealand for the first time.

The conference, which has already been declared as a hybrid event, has an expected attendance of 200 delegates, 60-70 percent of those from outside New Zealand.

“This is a major win for Auckland and reinforces the city’s standing as a destination of choice for premiere international technical conferences,” said Dr Nirmal Nair, from the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering at the University of Auckland, who won the bid for Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) – part of Auckland Unlimited – with support from Tourism New Zealand.

“Hosting eGrid next year is a big win for New Zealand engineers who will be able to tap into and share a wealth of knowledge and gain exposure to emergent world-leaders around the use of efficient and effective use of power electronics into renewable energy infrastructure.”

As ACB’s Auckland Advocate Alliance member, Nair has already won four international conferences for Auckland is campaigning to bring another two to Auckland in 2023.

Auckland Unlimited’s Head of Major and Business Events, Richard Clarke, says collaboration is key to winning bids.

“This conference is a platform for leading experts to advance the field and provides the opportunity for New Zealand engineers and academics to strengthen ties with international networks, showcase our own research in this sector and build new research links.”

Emergency medicine and critical care stakeholders to meet in Darwin

Meanwhile Darwin has secured the 8th DevelopingEM Conference for September 2022, expected to attract 300 delegates from around the world to Darwin Convention Centre.

The conference will explore adult emergency medicine and critical care, with the Australian-founded not-for-profit organiser choosing a host destination where emergency medicine is quickly evolving.

“The Darwin Convention Centre looks forward to welcoming the DevelopingEM 2022 conference to Darwin,” said Darwin Convention Centre General Manager, Peter Savoff.

“Our world-class facility is perfectly positioned in northern Australia’s tropical Top End to provide delegates space to think, connect, and engage with the local experts who deliver care to remote populations across the Northern Territory.”

DevelopingEM Co-Director Dr Mark Newcombe, explained why Darwin and the Northern Territory had been selected for the 2022 conference.

“DevelopingEM has long considered returning to Australia for an event as we believe our ethos and aims have a synergy with the health care challenges and opportunities present in rural, remote, regional and First Nations settings in our home country,” he said.

“After considering multiple options for a host setting for DevelopingEM 2022, the choice of the Northern Territory and Darwin was easily the best option for us. Darwin not only correlated with our thematic considerations but the functional advantages of the Darwin Convention Centre were obvious from our first meeting with the staff there.”

Director of Northern Territory Business Events, Rebecca McCaig said the Territory had established an international reputation for excellence and innovation in the health sector.

“The Northern Territory’s health sector strengths include critical and trauma care, resilience, disaster response as well as rural and remote health. Coupled with our ancient 65,000 year old Aboriginal culture, we believe the Darwin conference in 2022 will deliver distinctive and meaningful outcomes for delegates.”

The five-day conference has previously been held in Cuba, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Brazil and Sydney.

The bid was a joint effort between Northern Territory Business Events and Darwin Convention Centre.