March 2, 2023 | By Bronwen Largier

The International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) is expected to draw 500 delegates when it is held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) over six days this June.

The bid for the conference was won through a collaborative effort between GCCEC, Destination Gold Coast and the Neural Networks Society, with support from Tourism and Events Queensland and Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program.

The international bid submission was led by Professor Brijesh Verma from Griffith University in Brisbane. Verma is now the co-chair of the conference organising committee.

“Prestigious conferences such as IJCNN 2023 not only bring economic benefit to the city but also the opportunity for collaboration, capacity building and knowledge sharing,” said GCCEC’s general manager Adrienne Readings.

“As a leading centre for technology, engineering and science, with our world-class hospitals, three universities, the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge precinct, the Gold Coast attracts valuable business events in these fields.”

Head of business events at Destination Gold Coast, Selina Sinclair said the Gold Coast was “making waves in the engineering and science industries”.

“Our success in capturing business events, especially international association conferences, plays a vital role in further propelling innovation, professional development and knowledge exchange in their respective sectors and industries while showcasing the appeal of the Gold Coast as a destination of choice to a new, multinational audience,” said Sinclair.

Tourism Australia’s managing director Phillipa Harrison said the Bid Fund was supporting a strong pipeline of future business events for Australia.

“The Bid Fund helps to secure these events in the critical bidding phase and, to date, has played a role in Australia winning 89 events with a combined value of about $688 million, including this upcoming event on the Gold Coast,” said Harrison.