February 23 2023 | By Bronwen Largier

Perth is expecting to welcome 500 clinicians, researchers and other stakeholders to discuss bacteria that cause diarrhoea and stomach ulcers in 2024 for the 22nd International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms (CHRO 24).

By the time the event is hosted in Western Australia next year, it will not have been held in Australia for 18 years.

“The 22nd International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms 2024 is a platform to showcase the research-rich state that is Western Australia,” said Business Events Perth CEO Gareth Martin.

“CHRO will contribute upwards of $3.4 million to the state’s economy, showcasing Perth on the global stage as a destination for continued knowledge exchange.”

Nobel Laureate professor Barry Marshall, who is chair of the local hosting committee said international conferences contextualised research and discovery.

“When I am asked why international conferences are important for the academic community I often reflect on my own experience,” said Marshall.

“When a discovery is made in one location you can’t truly feel the context until you’ve spoken to an international audience.

“This is when you can see how it fits into the physical context of that field of research.

“The CHRO24 conference will play a crucial role in initiating collaboration on a global scale, and Perth is a fantastic location to do this.”

Marshall presented his first research paper at the second CHRO event four decades ago.

Western Australia’s Deputy Premier and tourism minister Roger Cook said hosting the conference would benefit Western Australia’s knowledge economy and trade and investment prospects.

“Securing business events and conferences like CHRO 24 plays a critical role in advancing the health and medical life sciences industry as well as supporting our state’s tourism sector,” Cook said.

“Supported by the WA Government, through Tourism WA, and Business Events Perth, CHRO 2024 will bring the medical community together and show delegates and their teams what Western Australia has to offer.

“Life sciences is one of many growing sectors in Western Australia and I’m pleased our state has been selected to host this important event, bringing it back to Australian shores for the first time in 18 years, and showcasing Perth as a world-leading business events destination.”