Two New Zealand cities chalk up conference wins

Auckland and Dunedin have won bids to host the International Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) eGrid Conference in 2022, and 26th International Congress of History of Science and Technology in 2025, respectively.

It’s the first time the International Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) eGrid (Electronic Grid) Conference is being held in New Zealand.

Auckland (pictured) picks up another conference win, the IEEE 2022

The hybrid conference, set to be held in December 2022, will bring together world-leading energy experts from government, industry and academia to share ideas, challenges and solutions to the planet’s energy challenges.

The bid – secured by ACB, a division of Auckland Unlimited, and with support from Tourism New Zealand – is expected to attract over 200 delegates, with an estimated 60 to 70 per cent international attendees.

The three-day conference bid was won by Nirmal Nair, from the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering at the University of Auckland and ACB’s Auckland Advocate Alliance member.

Nair has won four international conferences for Auckland, valued at NZ$3 million (US$2.1 million) and is working to bring two other international conferences to New Zealand in 2023.

Over in Dunedin, the 26th International Congress of History of Science and Technology is the largest conference for the study of history of science, technology, and medicine, attracting researchers from both the Humanities and the Sciences.

The Congress, which takes place every four years, has never been held in the South Pacific before. The event will welcome up to around 900 specialist delegates to Dunedin, bringing an estimated economic impact of NZ$2 million.

The conference bid was led by host venue the University of Otago, with support from Tourism New Zealand and Enterprise Dunedin.

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