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03 Jan 22

2029 IAGG World Congress bid submitted (again!)

Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG), along with our partners Australian & New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM) and New Zealand Association of Gerontology (NZAG), have submitted our bid to bring the IAGG World Congress of Gerontology to Sydney, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand in 2029.

Our comprehensive updated bid was resubmitted to the IAGG World Secretariat in Buenos Aires, Argentina In December 2021, due to the impacts of Covid-19.  As when it was last submitted in December 2020, the bid was again printed locally, both due to the uncertainty of mail in the times of Covid-19 and to minimise the impacts of climate change.

The next step is to present to the IAGG World Council during the IAGG World Congress – Digital that runs from 12-16 June 2022, which was delayed from 2021 due to Covid-19.

We are excited to bring this significant event back to Australia, 32 years since last hosting in Adelaide in 1997. Hosting the World Congress in Sydney, Australia with a Leadership Summit in Queenstown, Aotearoa New Zealand, is an opportunity to promote the great work that is being done in both countries and our continued efforts to improve research, and evidence-based policy and practice in the region.

To lead globally, we need to be globally respectful, relevant, reflective and representative.  We believe we can do this, and acknowledge the importance and advantages for all of collaborating and co-producing with the First Peoples of Australia and New Zealand from day one.  We see this as a unique opportunity for people all over the world to learn from First Peoples’ knowledges and approaches, many of which are tens of thousands of years old and knowledge that has value for all. 

AAG have also partnered with Business Events Sydney (BESydney), who identified Australia’s potential to win the 2029 IAGG World Congress based on our unsuccessful 2013 bid. For this bid BE Events selected AAG as a Platinum Partner, which means that they have provided us with the highest level of support. BE Sydney have a strong track record globally of attracting major international congresses to Sydney.

We launched our decision to bid at the 2016 AAG Conference and have since promoted it at the 2017 IAGG World Congress in San Francisco, USA and the 2019 IAGG Congresses in Asia/Oceania (Taipei) and Europe (Gothenburg), where we also listened to what international delegates would want from a World Congress in 2029.

In 2019 we showcased Sydney to international visitors at the 52nd AAG National Conference, as AAG hosted the International Longevity Centre – Global Alliance biannual meeting immediately prior.  

For further information contact James Beckford Saunders, CEO of AAG

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