Auckland has won the bid to host the 36th Annual Scientific Meeting for the Epilepsy Society of Australia

The event, which will be held in November 2022, will bring together 250 specialists involved in the diagnosis, treatment and research of epilepsy from Australia and New Zealand.

The bid - secured by Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB), a division of Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, in partnership with Epilepsy Society of Australia, and with support from Tourism New Zealand - is expected to generate over $415,000 in economic impact for Auckland, including a total of 1,000 visitor nights.

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited’s Head of Major and Business Events, Richard Clarke, says attracting international conferences is important for Auckland’s business events sector. “It’s fantastic to see Auckland secure such a significant Australasian conference to further cement our position as a leading business events destination,” Mr Clarke says.

“Delegates will get to share their research while enjoying the best that Auckland has to offer, from outstanding conference facilities and spectacular landscapes to a sophisticated dining scene.”

Epilepsy Society of Australia Chair Terence O’Brien says: “We look forward to welcoming 200 or more delegates from around Australia and New Zealand, including trainees, practicing neurologists, technologists, scientists, nurses and allied health professionals, for the much-missed opportunity to share knowledge and experiences with other professionals in epilepsy.”

Tourism New Zealand’s General Manager Domestic and Business Events Bjoern Spreitzer says it is pleasing to welcome Australasian business events back to New Zealand. “These are important platforms for trans-Tasman collaboration, driving research and innovation in our region.”


Our evolving city

Visitors to Auckland will have a number of new hotels, restaurants, bars and visitor attractions to choose from. Beautification projects in the city centre and Viaduct precinct have also boosted the region’s world-class offering for visitors and residents.  

New hotel openings include the Park Hyatt, Sudima Hotel, QT and Hotel Britomart. New attractions include Weta Workshop Unleashed and the All Blacks Experience and on the food scene a host of new eateries by celebrity chefs, including Homeland by Peter Gordon, a food embassy, cooking school and restaurant.   

Several business event venues and facilities have also been revamped.  This closely follows the opening of Commercial Bay, which many of our international visitors may not have had the opportunity to experience.  


Would you like to know more about how we can support you hosting an event in Auckland? Connect with the team:

Business Events Manager - Australia – Kenneth Pereira

Business Development Manager – Melbourne – Edwina Fitzsimon 

Business Development Manager – Australia - Anne-Sophie Pouzin 



Learn more about The Epilepsy Society of Australia here 

The Epilepsy Society of Australia

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Our Australian Team
Ken Pereira
Manager Business Events - Australia
Anne Sophie Pouzin
Business Development Manager - Australia