The event was won for the city after Melbourne Convention Bureau led a bid in collaboration with RMIT University, based in Melbourne, and with support from the state government.
The event will be a series of symposia in July 2025 for civil engineers who specialise in the life-cycle assessment of civil infrastructure and the broader built environment. IALCCE2025 will focus on sustainable development of engineering practices and how civil engineers and the work they do in this field can generate economic, social and environmental benefits.
Held every two years, the International Symposium on Life-cycle Civil Engineering is the worldwide meeting of the International Association of Life-cycle Civil Engineering, the largest body in the world for this particular branch of civil engineering.
“Hosting this world-class symposium in Melbourne will help put the Victorian civil engineering sector on the world map, strengthen global networks and engagement across industry and academics,” said deputy vice-chancellor of RMIT University, Professor Calum Drummond.
“The civil engineering discipline at RMIT is one of the best in Australia and well equipped to run this symposium.”
Chair of IALCCE2025, RMIT professor Chun-Qing Li noted the conference would allow the university to showcase its strengths, particularly on one of the key themes of the symposia – sustainability.
“The esteemed research team at RMIT University brings unique expertise in carbon neutrality design of infrastructure, promising innovative solutions for a sustainable future.
“The symposium will serve as a vital platform for academics, engineers, architects, consultants, contractors, public authorities, and decision-makers worldwide to stay abreast of the latest developments and gain crucial insights into the future of life-cycle civil engineering,”
As part of the social program for the global meeting, delegates will have some uniquely Australian experiences – a huge barbeque and Australian Rules Football matches.
On Melbourne’s credentials for hosting IALCCE2025, MCB’s chief executive Julia Swanson pointed to the dominance of the construction industry in Victoria.
“Victoria has a strong civil engineering and construction industry, underpinned by a multifaceted construction technologies sector. Our construction industry is the state’s fourth largest industry valued at $21.6 billion to the Victorian economy,” she said.