The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) will hold its 40th Annual International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC) from July 17-21 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center on Oʻahu. The conference will welcome nearly 3,000 participants from 63 countries around the world.

Themed “Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future,” the 2018 IEEE EMBS conference is expected to generate an economic impact for the State of Hawaiʻi of more than $14 million in visitor spending and $1 million in tax revenue. In addition, many conference attendees are expected to extend their time in the Hawaiian Islands to include vacation, further enhancing the conference’s economic impact on the state’s visitor industry, Hawaiʻi’s No. 1 economic driver.

“The IEEE EMBS is delighted to bring our 40th annual International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference to the state of Hawaiʻi,” said Nigel Lovell, Ph.D., President of IEEE EMBS. “We look forward to introducing thousands of biomedical engineering students and professionals to these beautiful islands and their cultural traditions while showcasing Hawaiʻi as a key location for world-class science.”

Having the IEEE EMBS conduct its business in Hawaiʻi reinforces the State of Hawaiʻi’s standing as a premier host destination for meetings drawing attendees from around the world. The business generated by meetings, conventions and incentive groups is key to the state’s tourism mix, supplementing an already robust leisure market in support of a healthy visitor industry.

The conference’s participants will address diverse topics within the biomedical engineering field, including cutting-edge research and innovation, health care technology research and development, translational clinical research, technology transfer and entrepreneurship, and biomedical engineering education. The EMBS expects the conference to result in an exciting exchange of scientific knowledge and international collaboration, as well as important advancements for the biomedical engineering community and communities beyond.

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