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The Power of Conferences

Stories of serendipity, innovation and driving social change
Deborah Edwards
Carmel Foley
Cheryl Malone
978-0-6481242-0-7 (eBook: PDF)
978-0-6481242-1-4 (paperback)
The Power of Conferences

With a focus on ten notable Australians, including Nobel Laureates Professor Barry Marshall and Professor Brian Schmidt, former Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, and Parliamentarian, the Honourable Linda Burney, The Power of Conferences explores the deep and lasting impact of conferences on the development and success of Australian luminaries.

Each chapter features a reflection from a leader in Australian academia, politics, or community service, on the significant effects conferences have had on their personal and professional achievements.

From chance encounters that result in the cultivation of new networks and collaborations to innovation and research breakthroughs, these leaders describe the conferences that have enabled them and others to go on to create real and lasting social change.

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Reflections from:

Mary Bebawy
Associate Professor in Pharmacy, UTS

Pia Winberg
Honorary Fellow, School of Medicine, University of Wollongong

Bill Bowtell AO
Exectuive Director, Pacific Friends of the Global Fund

Ian Frazer AC
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland

Martin Green
Scientia Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of New South Wales

Tom Calma
Professor, Chancellor of the University of Canberra

Barry Marshall AC
Professor of Clinical Microbiology, University of Western Australia

Ian Chubb AC
former Chief Scientist of Australia

Brian Schmidt AC
Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University

Linda Burney
Honourable Member of the Australian Parliament for Barton

About the Authors: 

Dr Deborah Edwards is an Associate Professor in the Business School, University of Technology Sydney. She is a Research Associate of the Australian Centre for Event Management (ACEM).  With a wide interest in a variety of areas including business events, visitor experiences and tourism sustainability, she has published extensively. Her previous collaborative books include Innovation Networks for Sustainable Tourism: Case studies and cross-case analysis (2012), Understanding the Sustainable Development of Tourism (2010), City Spaces – Tourist Places: Urban Tourism Precincts (2008), and Innovation for Sustainable Tourism: International Case Studies (2008). Her industry experience underpins her philosophy as a researcher and she views industry liaison as integral to delivering applied research that assists industry to meet desired objectives.

Associate Professor Carmel Foley is a Research Associate of the Australian Centre for Event Management (ACEM) and the director of event management programs at the University of Technology Sydney. Carmel’s research projects have included triple bottom line event evaluation for the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre, evaluation of the Parkes Elvis Festival for Parkes Shire Council, the series of Beyond Tourism Benefits studies for Business Events Sydney, economic and social value of live music venues for Sydney Entertainment Centre, expenditure studies for Business Events Sydney, and conference legacy projects for Seoul Convention Bureau, Tourism Toronto and Durban KwaZulu-Natal. Carmel Foley and Deborah Edwards are currently working on an international project with the Joint Meetings Industry Council to redefine the value proposition of the global business events industry.

Cheryl Malone is an award winning professional writer and communicator and the founder of Wordswotwork where she specialises in corporate histories, life stories, funding and award submissions, mass communication and marketing. She has taught at both University of Technology Sydney and Griffith University in the areas of journalism, public writing, events, sport and tourism.