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Dunedin wins Deer Biology Congress

Dunedin has won the International Deer Biology Congress in 2026 which will attract up to 500 cervid researchers and professionals to the ‘unofficial wildlife capital of New Zealand’.

The TMS team played a key role in the win.

“We thank the TMS team for connecting us with our winning bid champion,” says Louise Woodburn, Business Events Lead – Enterprise Dunedin. “Their relationships with industry leaders and knowledge of our region plays a key part in helping us secure business events.

Themed ‘Your Deer Here’, the conference will take place in February 2026 at Otago University, bringing together biologists, ecologists, veterinarians, geneticists, wildlife managers, conservationists, food, health, and production researchers to discuss the diverse aspects of deer management and biology from various perspectives globally.

It’s the first time the event has been held in New Zealand since Dunedin hosted the inaugural event in 1983. The winning bid was led by scientist Jamie Ward from AgResearch, with support from Deer Industry New Zealand, Dunedin Business Events, and the Tourism New Zealand Business Events team.
The win kicks off a bumper run for international conferences in Dunedin. In 2023 the city will host the International Foundation of Fashion and Technology (IFFTI) in April, the International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity in July, the 9th Asia Pacific International Congress of Anatomists (9th APICA) and 20th Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists (ANZACA) Conference 2023 in November, and the World Leisure Congress 2023 in December.
In January 2024 the city will welcome the International Human Resources Conference, and some 1000 delegates are expected at the History of Science and Technology Congress 2025.