For the very first time, China will host an international scientific meeting in Beijing next year.
Head, Department of Medicine Professor Peter Ebeling AO has recently returned from China where he was a member of the scientific program organising committee of the 17th International Congress of Endocrinology.
“We’ve been fortunate to hold the 2016 Congress together with the Annual Meeting of the Chinese Society of Endocrinology, who usually have around 5000 people attend,” said Professor Ebeling.
“We anticipate next year’s International Congress to be a very big meeting, in the region of 7000 to 8000 people.”
Until now, international scientific organisations have resisted holding meetings in China due to infrastructure limitations, however Beijing can now cope with large international meetings thanks to the 2008 Olympics.
“The convention centre is just near the Olympics’ Birds Nest stadium and there are many hotels within close proximity,” added Professor Ebeling.
“We are planning a very exciting program to attract delegates to China next year.”
The Chinese Society of Endocrinology is more than 50 years old and there is particular expertise in endocrinology in China—approximately twenty per cent of the speakers at the Congress will be from China. There will also be many speakers from Australia with MHTP being well represented.
“Because of their population, the Chinese also bring significant clinical experience with large numbers of cases.”
“In China, I’ve seen a whole ward of patients with a very unusual pituitary tumour that we would only see 2 or 3 cases of each year.”
Professor Ebeling said the meeting will be an ideal opportunity to foster future research collaborations in China.