The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has secured the Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (SIASS), with the event to be held in 2023 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

It’s been 25 years since the SIASS was held in Australia, with a number of the world’s foremost engineers, architects and builders convening in Melbourne for the event.

The symposium is backed by the Victorian Government as well as Australian universities RMIT and Swinburne. With more than 500 delegates anticipated to travel to the garden city to attend the event, it is expected to deliver over $2 million in economic contribution to the Melbourne economy. 

MCB Chief Executive, Julia Swanson, says Melbourne has a proud history in the creative integration of structural engineering and architecture, and that the SIASS will add to that history.

“Part of the program will involve technical tours showcasing architectural points of interest, the city is
known for,” she says.

“Melbourne has been at the forefront of lightweight structural systems such as lattice, membrane, and shell structures - from the famed Sidney Myer Music Bowl the iconic spire at the Arts Centre Melbourne to AAMI Park, to name a few.”

Bid leader Professor Mike Xie from RMIT University says the strong support from MCB was helpful to the bid win.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to hold this important event in Melbourne and are grateful for
the strong support of the Melbourne Convention Bureau and the Victorian State Government,” he says.

Alongside the SIASS, the city of Melbourne will host 27 international and national business events in 2023. For more information regarding the symposium, visit