The International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium will head to Adelaide in 2017, one of the first events to take place at the Adelaide Convention Centre after its $350 million redevelopment.
Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith said IS2017 is the largest annual gathering of systems engineers in the world.
"This is a major coup for South Australia. From a Defence and defence industry perspective, systems engineering and integration is the backbone of what we do in this state," the Minister said.
"South Australia is home to some of the country's most complex defence systems projects, including the Collins Class Submarines, Air Warfare Destroy and the Jindalee Operational Radar Network."
Shaun Wilson, President of Systems Engineering Society of Australia said that symposium will bring together complex systems practitioners from across industries, growing non-defence interest in the sector at the same time.
"Systems engineering is at the heart of all large and complex projects, and is vital to not only the defence industry but to mining, oil and gas, health, telecommunications, civil infrastructure, emergency services, transport and rail," Wilson said.
A thousand delegates from around the world are expected to attend the symposium.