Major international congress on transplantation returns to Sydney for third time

The International Congress of The Transplantation Society will take place at ICC Sydney in 2026.

The International Congress of The Transplantation Society (TTS) is gearing up for its triumphant return to Sydney in 2026, marking the third time the city has been selected as the host.

This biennial meeting is the peak international transplant congress bringing together the world’s leaders in transplantation including researchers, clinicians, service providers and industry to collaborate on cutting-edge science, latest clinical developments, ethics and public policy. The congress is worth an estimated $10.3M to the NSW economy and will see 3,000 global delegates in Sydney over four days at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

Sydney, recognised as a hub of medical research and innovation, is home to renowned research centres such as the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, and The Charles Perkins Centre at The University of Sydney. The state of NSW houses pivotal national centres for paediatric liver transplantation, islet cell transplantation, and pancreas transplantation, with 320 organ transplant recipients in NSW during 2021.

The local host association, The Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) brings together transplantation professionals that share common ideals and principles, with the aim to promote research, best clinical practice and advocacy to improve access to and outcomes from solid organ transplantation in Australia and New Zealand.  

“TSANZ is thrilled to extend its warm welcome to the TTS meeting in Sydney in 2026. We anticipate an extraordinary event that will not only celebrate transplantation’s accomplishments in Oceania but also offer a vibrant platform for international visitors to engage in enriching discussions.” TSANZ president, Helen Pilmore said.

The Transplantation Society (TTS), a prominent Non-Governmental Organisation, stands at the forefront of global leadership in transplantation science, clinical care, and ethics. With official affiliations with the World Health Organization, TTS comprises approximately 6,000 professionals, including physicians, surgeons, scientists, and allied health professionals spanning 105 countries.

“Sydney and NSW are recognised for their expertise and high standard of care in transplantation – a vital component for the provision of modern, quality health care and we can’t wait to showcase our burgeoning health precincts and the transplanters who are true global talents in their field,” BESydney chief executive officer Lyn Lewis Smith said.

Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison said the bid to secure the Congress was supported by the Business Events Bid Fund Program.

“There is no doubt that the financial support offered through the Bid Fund Program is ensuring we have a strong pipeline of international business events in Australia,” Ms Harrison said.

“These events generate global attention for Australia’s world-class business events offering and deliver significant benefits to the economy.”

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