Social Program

The social events were designed to ensure our delegates had an outstanding experience whilst in Melbourne. 

Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception
Date: Sunday 16 July 2023
Time: 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Venue:  Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

The Opening Ceremony took our delegates on a journey, intertwining glimpses of great moments of discovery in genetics and the history of this Congress, with its beginnings in 1899 before the re-discovery of Mendel’s principles of inheritance. There was fabulous imagery and music ranging the sounds of the didgeridoo to a performance from a star of the stage, 
Nigel Huckle.  There was a formal welcome and vignettes that pointed to some of the highlights of the 2023 Congress.  At the Reception that follows attendees met their peers from around the world while enjoying canapes and drinks. 

You can watch the Opening Ceremony following the links below:

1. As delegates entered the Plenary theatre for the ceremony, a series of remarkable animations produced by Drew Berry were screened with an accompanying soundtrack of Australian bush sounds.  

2. Audio-visual tribute to the history of the Congress and cities that have hosted it. 

3. Tribute to delegates from over 50 nations attending the Congress.  The song Anthem performed by Nigel Huckle

4. Tribute to great discoveries in Genetics.  The song This is the Moment performed by Nigel Huckle.

5. Indigenous welcome to country by Uncle Ian Hunter.

6. Speeches of welcome by Congress President, Professor Kathryn North, The Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas MP – Minister for Health, State of Victoria and Professor Marcia Margis-Pinheiro, President of the International Genetics Federation. 

7. Delegates spoke about what they were looking forward to in the Congress. 

Congress Social Evening - Connection
Date: Thursday 20 July 2023
Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Venue: LUME Gallery - Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Our delegates were treated to an exclusive viewing of "Connection" a breathtaking celebration of First People’s art, music and culture.  Featuring over 550 artworks from more than 110 visual and music artists, this showcase is the largest experience of First People’s Art ever gathered and fuses the world’s oldest culture with the most cutting-edge technology.

Held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, this immersive gallery space with projections four stories high is a multisensory experience presenting an incredible display of Australia’s most celebrated established and emerging First Nations artists through the lenses of Land, Water and Sky Country.

In collaboration with our Major Partner Illumina, and in celebration of their 25 years of innovation, a private viewing was arranged for our delegates who also enjoyed drinks and canapes showcasing Australian native and locally grown ingredients.

Click play on the video below for a snapshot of what attendees experienced at the event. 

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