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Welcome to Global Events Congress VI and the Australian Event Symposium

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We are very pleased to announce that the Australian Event Symposium will join forces with the Global Event Congress VI in 2014.

Previously held in Sydney and hosted by University Technology Sydney, the Symposium will join us to make the Congress even better!

About the Congress

GEC VI is a significant international meeting for event and experience design, management and marketing academics, researchers and practitioners. GEC VI builds on the success of the five previous congresses in Brisbane (Australia), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Guangzhou (China), Leeds (UK) and Stavanger (Norway).

Program and Themes

The draft program is now available and will be updated regularly as we confirm more keynotes and speakers.

The broad themes for the Congress are:

  • Event and experience design
  • The value of festivals and events
  • Event studies and education
  • Innovations and trends in future research
  • Food and wine events
  • Sports events
  • Event tourism
  • Event safety and risk management
  • Diasporas, identities, events and festivals

The Congress will be a platform primarily for those working, teaching, research and studying in the field of events and festivals and related fields such as human and social geographers, designers, and cognitive, behavioral and environmental psychologists – in fact,  all those interested in what motivates audiences and influences their behaviour as well as  those working in the mass gathering (medical) area.

The event studies and education component of the Congress will be invaluable for those who teach university or vocational programs. 

Social Events

We also have a range of social activities planned including: a welcome reception by Adelaide’s Lord Mayor; a fabulous conference dinner at the National Wine Centre; and a post conference tour that takes in the McLaren Vale region and the glorious foods and wines that the region has to offer. Please keep watching this site for updates.


As we say on the Registration page we have tried very hard to keep costs down. Book as an Earlybird and you get 2006 prices!


In the meantime, if you have any questions or enquiries about GEC VI, please contact us at

  • GEC VI is managed by the undergraduate and postgraduate event studies students of Flinders University
  • Images courtesy of Nikki Johnson and Steve Brown






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