Hong Kong will host the lead-up event to next year's largest international symposium on the Internet. The University of Hong Kong, which organises the Hong Kong Web symposiums, has rescheduled the fourth symposium to April 9 next year to make it a pre-conference event for the Seventh International World Wide Web Conference in Brisbane five days later. With permission obtained from the International World Wide Web Conference Committee in the United States, participants in the Brisbane symposium travelling from Europe, North America and Asia would be expected to break their journeys in Hong Kong, HKU officials said. HKU's Social Sciences Research Centre is organising the Hong Kong event. The arrangement is hoped to boost participation in the territory's symposium. The centre's resources officer, Angela Castro, said the event would prepare participants for topics to be discussed in Brisbane and could introduce issues of regional interest into the international agenda. The annual international symposiums are forums for experts to discuss cutting-edge technology employed by the Internet. The events emphasise education and its delivery through the Web. The Hong Kong Third Web Symposium, held last week, drew renowned experts from the United States and Australia.