The Aspire Awards, now in their 22nd year, provide travel grants of up to $10,000 to outstanding West Australians who are making notable strides in their fields, to support them in attending international conferences where they can showcase their expertise and innovation on a global platform, network with likeminded professionals, and explore new avenues for collaboration, trade, and innovation into Western Australia.
Business Events Perth chief executive Gareth Martin said that the Aspire Awards continued to highlight Western Australia’s brightest minds and were an important program for the organisation and the State.
Mr Martin said that the 2021 Aspire Award winners were an exceptional group, ranging from cancer researchers to a local veterinarian who is changing the future of animal care.
“We’ve got people like Professor Jonas Nilsson, who is looking at cutting edge treatments for advanced melanoma, which as we know is a big issue here in Australia with our sunny climate, to Dr Garnett Hall, who is revolutionising the way veterinary care works through his signature VetChip biosensor, which is in the process of commercialising the world’s first implantable health monitor for dogs,” Mr Martin said.
“We’re incredibly proud to be supporting our 2021 Aspire winners to attend international conferences once overseas travel resumes, where they will meet with other leaders in their fields and potentially bring those conferences back to Western Australia.”
The Aspire Awards have led to a number of large-scale international conferences being confirmed for Western Australia over the years, including the International Congress on Neuromuscular Diseases (ICNMD) 2024, in which 2020 Aspire winner, Dr Craig McIntosh, played an integral role in Perth’s successful bid.
In 2020, Business Events Perth secured the world’s largest marine mammal conference, the 25th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals 2023, after 2017 Aspire winner Dr Simon Allen travelled to Barcelona in late 2019 alongside BE Perth to pitch Perth as the destination of choice to the deciding committee.
Together, these two conferences are expected to inject upwards of $14 million into the local West Australian economy.