Association Expertise

Cairns is the focal point of Australia’s research, development and export of tropical expertise. Around half the world’s population – some three billion people – and 80 per cent of the planet’s animal and plant species live in the tropics. The region's economy is also supported by strong agriculture and mining sectors.

James Cook University, with 12 Research Centres, three Centres of Excellence and the Cairns Institute is ranked in the top four percent of the world’s tertiary institutions and is dedicated to nationally significant and internationally recognised research.
Its close proximity to Asia and outstanding business events infrastructure make Cairns not just an excellent value proposition, but the ideal destination for organisers to grow their membership base and delegate attendance from this important market.
Cairns held 17 association meetings in 2012 (ICCA), ranking 28th in the Asia-Pacific/Middle East region. Some future confirmed events for Cairns include the International Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects 2014; the 2015 Prostate Cancer World Congress; 2015 International Ethological Conference; 37th Annual International Symposium on Forecasting 2016 and the IUPAC World Polymer Macro Congress 2018.

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