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Freshwater science meeting flows to Brisbane

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The world’s most respected freshwater scientists will be heading to the river city of Brisbane to attend the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) Annual Meeting in 2021.

The conference, to be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, will be the very first time the American based Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) has held its annual meeting outside of North America.

Australia’s reputation in water management and strong freshwater science community coupled with the desire to expand the Society’s international reach were behind the historic decision to choose Brisbane and Australia for the 2021 Annual Meeting.

BCEC Convention Advocate, Professor Stuart Bunn, Director, Australian Rivers Institute (ARI), Griffith University said the 2021 Annual Meeting will be co-hosted with the Australian and New Zealand freshwater science societies, making it the biggest meeting of its kind to be held in Australia.

It is expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates including strong representation from places like China, Japan and Korea.

“With freshwater the most threatened ecosystem in the world, the meeting will provide Brisbane with the opportunity to showcase the city’s science capability and highlight Australia’s long standing reputation for the sustainable management of its water resources,” Professor Bunn said.

“Australia’s variable climate and arid zone and tropical river systems provided a unique environment for the world’s foremost freshwater scientists to explore.”

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Brisbane was a great place to live, work and invest and being the first city outside of North America to host the Society of Freshwater Science Annual Meeting would further build Brisbane’s international appeal.

“As Australia’s New World City, Brisbane is increasingly being viewed as a top destination for international meetings due to our industry expertise, world-class accommodation and event facilities as well as our growing tourism offering,” Cr Quirk said.

Read the full announcement here.