Industry Strengths

Ian Frazer

Meeting planners and conference delegates have the opportunity to make conference-specific alliances and lasting industry connections with expert business and thought leaders from Brisbane’s robust industry sectors.

Brisbane’s aptitude for attracting and encouraging innovation, industry leadership and emerging talent presents a unique chance to offer technical tours and access world-class thought leaders and keynote speakers who can enrich the conference experience with their expert knowledge, global networks and on-the-ground support.

Key areas of excellence for Brisbane include:

Contact the Convention Bureau team to tap into our network of industry leaders who may be relevant for your conference.

Energy and resources: Queensland’s resources sector is currently valued at $25 billion, with more than 170 of the world’s leading mining companies located in the CBD including Rio Tinto, GE Mining and Vale.

Brisbane is home to the CSIRO’s Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies, a world-class research and development precinct providing the highest standard of science, engineering and innovation to the Australian mining, exploration, minerals processing and manufacturing industries.

Environmental sustainability: Brisbane is home to Australia’s first Ecosciences Precinct, dedicated to solving some of the country’s biggest environmental issues.  Its research positions Brisbane as a global leader in finding the balance between quality of life, lessening the impact on the native environment and developing strong industries. Climate change, mineral and petroleum resources, water issues and environmental balance are priority research areas.

Brisbane has also initiated a number of cutting-edge environmental initiatives including the international river symposium, a world-renowned annual conference that takes a holistic approach to river and water management. The river symposium is the flagship event of the Brisbane-based International Water Centre, a joint venture of four leading Australian universities, including The University of Queensland and Griffith University.

Brisbane’s South Bank Parklands is the first community to be recognised for its sustainability credentials awarded through EC3 Global Earth Check Certified Program. South Bank is one of only four Earth Check Certified communities in the world.

Health and life sciences: Brisbane is acknowledged as a centre of excellence in bio-medical, biopharmaceutical and human therapeutics, diagnostics and clinical trials. It is home to the world-renowned Queensland Institute of Medical Research, The Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence and a first for Australia, the Translational Research Institute which is the vision of Professor Ian Frazer, the scientist and researcher who developed the world’s first cervical cancer vaccine.

Other leading Brisbane research facilities include:

Digital industries and Information Communication Technology: Brisbane has emerged as a leader in innovative and knowledge-based industries and has a clear digital strategy to be among the world’s best. Twenty-five “Digital Champion” companies have been identified in Brisbane who showcase the digital readiness and capability of the city.

Many influential multinational information communication technology companies are based in Brisbane, including IBM, Red Hat and SAP. The city is also attracting an ever-increasing number of specialists such as mining software engineers Ventyx, data technologists NEXTDC and game developers Half Brick Studios.