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17th Congress of the International Society for Burn Injuries

The 17th Congress of the International Society for Burn Injuries (ISBI 2014) took place at the Hilton Sydney Hotel in Sydney, Australia from Sunday 12 to Thursday 16 October 2014. The Congress was hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Burns Association (ANZBA) and the International Society for Burn Injuries (ISBI). It had been more than 20 years since the 7th meeting of the ISBI in Melbourne in 1986 when international specialists in all aspects of burn care convened in Australia. Delegates from all member countries around the world came together to focus on the theme, “Improving the Quality of Burn Care Outcomes: Managing the Wound and Its Consequences”.

The partnership between Arinex as PCO and the Organising Committee for ISBI 2014 commenced in 2004. During the planning the international body was concerned about the impact of the GFC on the Congress in Australia and attempted to move it to the US. Ultimately, the international body was pleasantly surprised with the outcome – the result of many years of planning. The great relationship and hard work by Arinex and the Local Organising Committee resulted in a sponsorship revenue target that was exceeded by 82% and over 900 participants – a number that surpassed all expectations.


  • 903 participants
  • 57% international participants and 43% national participants
  • 59 countries represented
  • 57 international speakers
  • 18 national speakers
  • 976 abstracts submitted
  • 503 proffered paper talks
  • 182 electronic posters
  • Exceeded sponsorship revenue target by 82%


Highlights included a dynamic program inclusive of symposia, panels, mini oral presentations and free paper sessions, the dinner cruise (despite torrential downpour the evening before), an incredible sold-out exhibition spanning over two floors, and, of course, a koala as the guest of honour at the welcome reception. The Congress was also an opportunity to showcase Arinex’ technology capabilities with eMobilise, ePresenter and an advanced audio-visual set-up on display.