July 7, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Business Events Sydney has won the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) national conference Pathology Update in 2022, securing the event for the city for a second consecutive year.

The announcement comes less than a week after the 2021 event was delivered by ICC Sydney as a fully virtual event due to the current lockdown of Greater Sydney. Thanks to building contingencies into early planning of the event, the transition from a hybrid format to a virtual event took just 48 hours.

The conference is expected to bring over 800 delegates to Sydney next March. Around 1,200 people attended the event virtually last week.

The delivery of the conference is especially pertinent given the role pathologists continue to play in managing the global pandemic.

“Pathologists are responsible for all of the COVID-19 testing that diagnose cases and the genetic sequencing to identify the origins of virus, and they’ve done our state and nation proud,” said NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard.

BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith said that the 2022 event would further progress NSW’s focus on innovation in health and pathology, which has been identified as a key sector for the state’s future prosperity.

“Sydney is uniquely placed as the ideal platform for connecting the leading minds in pathology with government, industry and academia to progress vital research and innovation in this field for Asia Pacific and right across the world. The event draws the spotlight on the role pathology plays across all facets of medicine, a role that has clearly become even more significant during the pandemic, and Australia’s expertise will be front and centre.”

The win comes as developments in the Westmead Health and Innovation Precinct in Western Sydney position it to become one of the largest health, education, research and training precincts in Australia. The precinct will include four hospitals, four medical research institutes, and the largest research-intensive pathology service in NSW, spread over 75 hectares.

BESydney has secured 84 events with a combined estimated direct expenditure of $491m for delivery between 2021 to 2026, including 11 wins this year.

The events span health, financial services and technology, with 62% of meetings impacted by COVID-19 successfully rescheduled to take place in Sydney in future years.