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BUILDING BRIDGES

Join us in Sydney, for the 37th Annual Meeting of the Australasian Neuroscience Society

ANS 2017 will be held in the fabulous new Sydney International Convention Centre (ICC), located in the cosmopolitan meeting hub of Darling Harbour, a short walk from the CBD across the Pyrmont Bridge, and situated between Sydney’s famous ANZAC and Sydney Harbour Bridges.

This dynamic meeting brings together a wealth of scientists, educators, clinicians and research students from around Australia and the world.

The conference’s theme of “Building Bridges” is an acknowledgement of the meeting’s proximity to Sydney’s iconic structures, as well as our overarching goal to facilitate and forge connections across research, industry, the clinic, different disciplines, methodologies and levels of experience. Together, it is an opportunity to embrace the wonder of the human brain and nervous system and advance our understanding of the challenges posed in both health and disease.

The meeting will incorporate a variety of outstanding plenary lectures, symposia, oral and poster sessions and showcase the latest technologies. The spectacular Sydney Harbour and skyline will form the backdrop for networking and social activities.

Come to Sydney in 2017 and be part of the future of Australasian and global neuroscience!

SPEAKERS

The 2017 ANS Organising Committee are please to announce the following plenary speakers.

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Professor Jürgen Götz

The Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research, Australia

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Professor Andrew Lawrence

Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health, Australia

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Professor Kathryn North

Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Australia

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Professor Junichi Nabekura

National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Japan

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

SYMPOSIA

Arthur Arnold (UCLA Brain Research Institute)

David Attwell (University College London)

Jiawei Zhou (Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Anna Williams (Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Edinburgh)

Daniel Choquet (Institut Interdisciplinaire de Neurosciences, Université Bordeaux)

Yeka Aponte (NIH/NIDA, Johns Hopkins University)

Leah Krubitzer (University of California, Davis)

Mike Fainzilber (Weizmann Institute of Science)

Alla Kostyukova (Washington State University)

Lars Ittner (University of New South Wales)

Sliman Bensmaia (University of Chicago)

Jochen Zeil (Australian National University)

Makiko Yamada (Nat Inst Quantum, Radiological Science, Technology, Japan)

John Mattick (Garvin Institute of Medical Research)

Ian Maze (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)

Julie Bernhardt (Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health)

Bijan Pesaran (New York University)

Tony Movshon (New York University)

Aaron Gitler (Stanford University School of Medicine)

Antony Cooper (Garvin Institute of Medical Research)

Cecilia Hillard (Medical College of Wisconsin)

Karl Iremonger (University of Otago)

Kara Yopak (University of North Carolina)

William Banks (University of Washington School of Medicine)

PRESIDENTIAL SYMPOSIUM 

Rafael Yuste (Kavli Institute for Brain Science)

Shigeo Okabe (University of Tokyo)

Sung-Jin Jeong (Korea Brain Research Institute)

Caroline Montojo (Kavli Foundation)

James Deshler (National Science Foundation)

ANIMALS IN RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM  

Colin Blakemore (University of London)

Michael Goldberg (Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons)

Kirk Leech (European Animal Research Association)

Jacquiline Phillips (Macquarie University)

ABSTRACTS

Abstract guidelines and submissions open on 1 June 2017 and close 30 November 2017 (poster submissions only). Oral presentation submissions have now closed.

Call for Abstracts Now Open
Abstracts are now being called for oral and poster presentations for the ANS 2017  meeting. The organizing committee encourages submissions which fall within the following themes of the Australasian Society for Neuroscience.

  • Development and regeneration
  • Excitability and synaptic transmission
  • Sensory Systems
  • Motor Systems
  • Autonomic/Neuroendocrine systems
  • Limbic and other systems
  • Glia
  • Cognition, learning and behaviour
  • Clinical Disorders and injury of the nervous system
  • New techniques in neuroscience
  • History of neuroscience and neuroscience teaching
  • Neuroengineering

Follow the link below to download a copy of the Abstract Submission Guidelines:

Oral Communications
Some abstracts will be selected for oral communication sessions, which will be held over the three full days of the conference.

Poster Presentations
The principal form of free communications will be posters. Posters will be on display within the Exhibition Area. Poster sessions are scheduled from Monday 4th December through to Wednesday 6th December and will be grouped to provide opportunity for discussion across all scientific themes. The display space for posters will be confirmed closer to the event date.

STUDENT TRAVEL AWARDS

ANS student travel awards are made to students attending the ANS meeting and are a partial contribution towards their airfare costs. Sponsorship and encouragement of student participation in the annual ANS meetings was made a priority of the society as early as the 1982 AGM. The travel awards have been sponsored by ANS, industry and supporting Universities.

Awards do not provide full reimbursement but all eligible applicants will receive a travel award with the number of successful applicants therefore dictating the size of awards, which are scaled according to the distance to the Meeting location.

Application for a Travel Award is made as part of the Abstract Submission process. Please register before the conference and you will be sent a link to the submission portal. Applications for Student Travel Grants will close on Friday 17 November.

Students will be informed of the outcome of travel awards at the conference registration desk, when they arrive at the Sydney meeting.

ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION INFORMATION

To be eligible to apply for a Student Travel Award, you must be an ANS Student Member. If you are not currently a Student Member and would like to become one, please click here to register for membership.

Application for a travel award is made as part of the abstract submission process. Applicants must select either “Student – Oral Preferred” or “Student – Poster Preferred” when submitting an abstract. This preference indicates that you are wanting to be considered for the Student Travel Award. 

The applicant must pay a registration fee and submit an abstract to the ANS2017 Meeting on which they are listed as the first author if they are to be considered for a Student Travel Award. Full-time or part-time PhD or MSc students may apply. Honours students are not eligible to apply for travel awards. A maximum of 2 awards for attendance at ANS annual meetings may be received during a student’s candidature. Award recipients must attend the conference and visit the Registration Desk upon arrival. You must provide your bank details and funds will be electronically transferred post-conference.

Overseas students are also eligible to apply but their reimbursement will be no greater than that received by any Australian or New Zealand Student.

For any questions regarding the Student Travel Awards, please contact:

Tom Burns

ANS Student Body Chair

tom.burns@monash.edu

PROGRAM

The scientific program will run for 3.5 days from the afternoon of Sunday December 3rd 2017 to Wednesday 6th December 2017. There will be 4 Plenary Lectures and multiple Symposia (including the Presidential Symposium) featuring outstanding overseas and Australian speakers. Click below to download the current program and the poster presentation schedule.

FOR STUDENTS AND ECR

This year, ANS will host a range of events aimed at supporting the career and development of students and early career researchers.

Grant/Fellowship Writing Workshop

Unsure of the next step after your PhD, or how to land your first grant? Come and join the Grant/Fellowship Writing Workshop hosted by successful neuroscientist Dr. Lezanne Ooi, as she outlines essential tips and tricks to writing grant and early career fellowship applications.

Date: Sunday 3 December 2017

Time: 3:30pm – 4:20pm

Entry: Included with registration – RSVP required when registering.

Location: International Convention Centre – Sydney (Room C3.4/C3.5)

Career Development Symposium

Explore different career opportunities post PhD with this Career Symposium.  The session will play host to representatives from academia, industry and science communication, who will discuss the steps they have taken and the lessons learned along their respective career paths. The session will conclude with a panel Q&A with the audience.

Date: Sunday 3 December 2017

Time: 4:30pm – 5:20pm

Entry: Included with registration – RSVP required when registering.

Location: International Convention Centre – Sydney (Room C3.4/C3.5)

Student and ECR Speed Networking Evening

Expand your career network and employment opportunities by meeting researchers from multiple neuroscience fields and career stages at the speed networking and poster social evening.  The event includes canapes and a cash bar is available.

Date: Monday 4 December

Time: 7.15pm-10.15pm

Entry: Free for Students, otherwise $15 for other registrants

Location: International Convention Centre – Sydney (Level 3 Gallery Foyer)

“Images of Neuroscience” photographic competition

The competition challenges entrants to capture what Neuroscience means to them, through the lens of a camera and invites entries from ANS student members.

Entries for 2017 open 2nd October and close 3rd November.

First prize will be $1000, with more prizes to follow. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at our Images of Neuroscience ceremony, at the 2017 Australasian Neuroscience Society Annual Conference, Sydney (3-6th December).

To apply:
https://goo.gl/forms/8O3Naapyn4xvBkwH3

To learn more:
https://docs.google.com/…/2PACX-1vRnoWP5fVkGYVjmnS72PPv…/pub

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IMAGING WORKSHOPS

This year, imaging workshops will run on the first day of the conference (Sunday 3 December), featuring advanced imaging applications with presentations by leaders in the field of super-resolution microscopy, single-molecule and intra vital imaging.

Date: Sunday 3 December 2017

Time: 10:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm

Location: International Convention Centre – Sydney

Confirmed speakers are:

Daniel Choquet (University of Bordeaux, France)

Yunichi Nabekura (National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Japan)

Roland Brandt (University of Osnabrueck, Germany)

Fred Meunier (University of Queensland, Brisbane)

Jean-Baptiste Sibarita (University of Bordeaux, France)

Phil Robinson (Children’s Medical Research Institute & University of Sydney)

Joanne Jang (The University of Queensland)

SYMPOSIA AND SPEAKERS

Getting Nervous About Immunity

William A. Banks (USA)

Erica K. Sloan

Peter M. Grace (USA)

Asya Rolls (Israel)

Knowing where you’re going: comparative perspectives on a core problem

Jochen Zeil

Karin Nordstrom

Adam Morris

Franne Kamhi

Recent breakthroughs in the research towards the neuronal basis of consciousness

Joel Pearson

Makiko Yamada (Japan)

Olivia Carter

Marta Garrido

Synapse under the nanoscope

Daniel Choquet (France)

Merja Joensuu

Juergen Götz

Emma Sierecki

Why do we overeat? Unravelling the neuronal mechanisms underlying food intake

Zane Andrews

Yeka Aponte (USA)

Antonio Verdejo-Garcia

Denovan P Begg

Evolution and development of neocortical circuits

Leah Krubitzer (USA)

Rodrigo Suárez

Ken Ashwell

David Reser

Cytoskeleton-dependent regulation of neuronal network formation

Mike Fainzilber (Israel)

Alla Kostyukova (USA)

Massimo Hilliard

Yazi Ke

Synaptic Dysfunction in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Lars M. Ittner

Catherine Blizzard

Vladimir Sytnyk

Victor Anggono

Sensory neuroscience and bionics

Sliman Bensmaia (USA)

David McAlpine

Mohit Shivdasani

Americo Migliaccio

Brain sex differences in health and disease: animal models to the clinic

Arthur P. Arnold (USA)

Wah Chin Boon

Joohyung Lee

Nicolas Cherbuin

New function for glial cells in the CNS

David Attwell (UK)

Jiawei Zhou (China)

Ilan Gobius

Jessica Fletcher

Breaking the boundaries of myelin pathology: what can we learn from different disease states

Anna Williams (UK)

Liz Milward

Anthony Don

Melinda Fitzgerald

Motion Processing in Monkey Middle Temporal Area: Computations and Physiology

Douglas Ruff (USA)

James Bourne

Elizabeth Zavitz

Anthony Burkitt

New mechanisms and treatments for motor neuron disease

Aaron Gitler (USA)

Tracey Dickson

Peter Crouch

Kelly Williams

Chronic neuroinflammatory mechanisms and their role in Parkinson’s disease progression

Antony Cooper

Nicolas Dzamko

Juliet Taylor

Richard Gordon

Epigenetic mediators of brain function and dysfunction

John Mattick

Timothy Bredy

Ian Maze (USA)

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Emerging Strategies for Improving Stroke Outcomes

Brad Broughton

Renee Turner

Neil Spratt

Julie Bernhardt

Interrogating large scale brain circuits

Bijan Pesaran (USA)

Saba Gharaei

Andrew Zalesky

Maureen Hagan

Novel neural circuits and plasticity regulating stress and stressor responses

Cecilia J. Hillard (USA)

Andrew M. Allen

Karl Iremonger

Chris Dayas

How brains adapt to the world: A comparison of sensory processing in animal taxa off the

beaten track

Kara E. Yopak (USA)

Wen-Sung Chun

Yuri Ogawa Kato

Ximena Nelson

SATELLITE MEETINGS

Date: 30 Nov – 1 Dec

Venue: Neuroscience Research Australia, Randwick, Sydney

 

International Keynote Speakers:

Prof Mike Fainzilber, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Dr Joseph Lewcock, Denali Therapeutics, USA

A/Prof Alla Kostyukova, Washington State University, USA

Prof Roland Brandt, University of Osnabrück, Germany

 

For further information, please contact the organizers: Thomas Fath (CADD) t.fath@unsw.edu.au or Lars Ittner (APD) l.ittner@unsw.edu.au

To register, please follow this link: https://www.neura.edu.au/event/apd-cadd-symposium/ 

Sensorimotor Control Satellite Meeting

Date: Saturday 2 December 2017

Venue: Neura, Level 3, Margarete Ainsworth Building, 139 Barker Street, Randwick

Who should attend: Post graduate Students, Research Fellows and Academic and Clinical Staff

Program includes: oral presentations, Early Career Researcher Award and a Wine and Cheese Poster Session.

Cost: General $100 | Student $70

Please send Questions and Abstracts to: sensorimotor-seminar@neura.edu.au

Submit your abstract by 5pm Friday 27 October 2017

Visit the event page for more information and registration

Hypothalamic Neuroscience and Neuroendocrinology Australasia (HNNA) Satellite Meeting.

Date: Saturday 2nd of December, 8am – 18pm

Venue: John Shine Room, Garvan Institute of Medical Research,

Enter via Kinghorn Centre, Level 6; 370 Victoria St, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010, Sydney, Australia

Who should attend: Postgraduate Students, Postdocs, Research Fellows and Academia staff (anyone) interested in hypothalamic neuroscience and neuroendocrinology.

Cost: FREE!

Program Includes: Oral presentations from ECRs and Lab heads, Keynote presentations, Social Event to follow meeting.

Keynote Speakers:

Gavan McNally, UNSW, Sydney, Australia.

Yeka Aponte, NIH NIDA, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

For further information please contact the organisers: Zane Andrews (zane.andrews@monash.edu), Dave Grattan (dave.grattan@otago.ac.nz) or Herbert Herzog (h.herzog@garvan.org.au)

Registration

https://www.hnna.co.nz 

Australasian Auditory Neuroscience Workshop

Date: 2 December 2017

Time: 8 am to 5.10 pm followed by dinner (5.30 pm to 10.30 pm)

Venue: Lower ground lecture theatre complex, Wallace Wurth building, School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales, corner of High street & Botany street, Randwick, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia

Who should attend: Academics, Clinicians, PhD students and Postgraduates working in the field of auditory neuroscience.

Program includes: Keynote speaker – professor Stephen Lomber, National Centre for Audiology, University of Western Ontario, Canada; oral and poster presentations, student awards, dinner.

Cost: TBA

Please visit the AANW 2017 website for information on registration, abstract submissions and preliminary program.

Website: https://australasianauditoryneuroscienceworkshop.wordpress.com

Paint a Bigger Picture: Science meeting of the ARC CoE for Integrative Brain Function

Date: Saturday 2nd of December, 9am – 5pm

Venue: International Convention Centre (ICC), Darling Harbor, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney, NSW, 2009

Who should attend: Postgraduate Students, Postdocs, Research Fellows and Academic staff (anyone) interested in integrative brain research

Registrations$80 via Eventbrite

Program Includes: Oral presentations from International Investigators, Associate Researchers and ECRs.

Keynote Speakers:

Mathew Diamond, International School for Advanced Studies, Italy

Ulf Eysel Ruhr University, Germany

Geoff Goodhill, University of Queensland, Aus

Sam Solomon, University College London, UK

For further information please contact the administrator@cibf.edu.au

Website:

​ ​https://brainfunctionsciencemeeting2017.eventbrite.com.au

Australian Brain Alliance  – Brains at the Dome

Date: Saturday 7th of December

Venue: The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street Australian Capital Territory

Cost: Day Delegate $150.00 | EMCR Delegate $75.00

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr Alan Finkel – Chief Scientist of Australia
  • Professor Shigeo Okabe – Japan Brain/MINDS Project
  • Professor Hideyuki Okano – Japan Brain/MINDS Project
  • Professor Sung-Jin Jeong – Korea Brain Project
  • Dr Christoph Ebell – EU Human Brain Project
  • Professor Rafael Yuste – US BRAIN Initiative
  • Ms Miri Polachek – Israel Brain Technologies

More Information: 

https://www.science.org.au/news-and-events/events/brains-dome

If you are planning a Scientific Meeting that you wish to run as a Satellite Meeting for the Annual meeting of ANS in Sydney, please contact Thomas Fath (Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, ANS 2017; t.fath@unsw.edu.au). We would appreciate if you could provide us with any details of your meeting, including the date and time.

SOCIAL PROGRAM

WELCOME RECEPTION
Date:  Sunday 3rd December
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Exhibition Area, ICC Sydney
Dress: Smart Casual

Ticket pricing is as follows:
Welcome Reception Ticket- included in registration
Additional Tickets- $50.00 per person.

Complimentary drink on arrival, with a cash bar operating. Canapes provided.

Please ensure you collect your name badge from the Registration Desk prior to attending the Welcome Reception. Tickets to the Welcome Reception will be available in your registration pack.

EARLY CAREER RESEACHERS SOCIAL MIXER
Date:  Monday 4th December
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Venue: ICC Sydney
Dress: Smart Casual

Ticket pricing is as follows:
Included in price for Students
Additional Tickets- $15.00 per person.

Complimentary drink on arrival, with a cash bar operating. Canapes provided.

CONFERENCE GALA DINNER – SYDNEY HARBOUR BOAT CRUISE

Starship Sydney
Date:  Tuesday 5th December

Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Dress: Smart Casual

Tickets pricing is as follows:

Conference Dinner Ticket – $150.00 per person
Student Conference Dinner Ticket – $100.00 per person

The conference gala dinner is always the social highlight of the ANS Meeting.

You will enjoying a great selection of food and Australian wines while cruising spectacular Sydney Harbour.

Starship Sydney (see pictures below) is Sydney Harbour’s largest cruising glass vessel offering modern facilities, over three spacious, expertly planned entertaining levels. Includes 3 metre high surround glass windows on each enclosed level, unrestricted views and free flowing open spaces.

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The International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC) is newly redeveloped featuring a striking contemporary design, leading technology and multipurpose spaces. The centre is Asia Pacific's premier integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct, underlining Sydney's place as one of the world's most desirable meeting and event destinations and providing the ideal platform to collaborate and innovate. ICC Sydney is at the heart of its very own Sydney harbour waterfront precinct, set amongst restaurants, retail and a vibrant public domain on Darling Harbour yet only a moment's walk to Australia's largest CBD and surrounding university and cultural quarters.

International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney

14 Darling Drive,
Sydney, New South Wales, 2000

more information

REGISTER

Registration is now closed. Delegates are able to register onsite during the conference at the International Convention Centre.

Please note; Lunch is not included in conference catering. Delegates will have the option to purchase a Boxed lunch for $35 (per day) during the registration process. The boxed lunch includes:

  • Chefs selection of one sandwhich or wrap
  • Piece of whole seasonal fruit
  • Energy Bar
  • 1 bottle of spring or sparkling water

Payment of early bird registration fees are required by the specified date to qualify for the rate. After the early bird due date, all unpaid early bird registrations will automatically roll over and the delegates will be charged at the standard rate. Full payment is required prior to the commencement of the 37th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Neuroscience Society. Admission to the conference and all social functions may be refused if payment has not been received. Late fees based on a sliding scale will apply to any outstanding invoices after the conclusion of the conference.

Payment must accompany all registrations and may be made by:

Credit Card*:  Debits to your credit card  will appear as ‘All Occasions Management’ on your statement.

*Please note that payments via credit card will incur the merchant fee of 2.8% for Visa or MasterCard transactions, 3.6% for American Express and 4.95% for Diners Club.

Electronic Funds Transfer:

‘All Occasions Group: ANS 2017’

BSB: 065 112

Account Number: 1012 4129

Registrations will be acknowledged in writing to the email address nominated with confirmation of requirements according to the registration form submitted. A tax invoice will be attached to this email. A remittance advice form is included on the last page of the tax invoice. Please complete this form and forward to accounts@aomevents.com. If you have not received a written confirmation within seven days please contact All Occasions Management at conference@aomevents.com.

By completing and submitting a registration form, you are indicating your intention to attend the conference and you will be liable for a cancellation fee if you are unable to attend. Registration cancellations must be sent in writing (mail, fax or email), to All Occasions Management. Registration cancellations received up to 30 days prior to the conference will receive a full refund, less a $110.00 handling fee. Registration cancellations received less than 30 days and up to seven days prior to the conference will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given for registration cancellations received within seven days of the Conference; however a substitute delegate may be nominated. Please note the ANS membership component of the registration fee is non-refundable. Refunds from any deposits forwarded to hotels, tour companies or other related business will be at the discretion of the supplier.

Privacy Policy

The All Occasions Group (encompassing All Occasions Management and All Occasions Travel complies with all legislation which is designed to protect the rights of the individual to privacy of their information, including the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). Information collected with respect to your registration for participation in this conference will only be used for the purposes of planning, conduct of the event or communication regarding future events. These details may be made available to parties directly related to the conference including but not limited to the All Occasions Group, venues, accommodation and travel providers (for the purposes of room/travel bookings and conference options), key sponsors (subject to strict conditions) and other related parties as deemed necessary. It is also usual practice to produce a ‘Delegate List’ of attendees at the conference and to include the individual’s details in such a list.

By completing the registration form, you acknowledge that the details supplied by you may be used for the above purposes. It is your responsibility to ensure that all information provided to the All Occasions Group is accurate and kept up to date. To access or update your information, please email or fax the All Occasions Group on conference@aomevents.com or 08 8125 2233.

Liability and Insurance

In the event of industrial disruptions or natural disasters, the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS) the Organising Committee, and All Occasions Group cannot accept responsibility for any financial or other losses incurred by the delegates. The ANS, the Organising Committee and the All Occasions Group take no responsibility for injury or damage to persons or property occurring during the conference. All insurance, including medical cover, or expenses incurred in the event of the cancellation of the conference is the individual delegate’s responsibility.

Attendees are encouraged to choose a travel insurance policy that includes loss of fees/deposits through cancellation of your participation in the conference, or through the cancellation of the conference itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. The ANS, the Organising Committee, and All Occasions Group will take no responsibility for any participant failing to insure.

Accommodation

Special conference accommodation rates at a variety of local hotels have been sourced by the Conference Organisers. To take advantage of these special rates, please book your accommodation when registering for the conference.

Accommodation rooms may be limited and allocation will be strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. All accommodation bookings must be received by the Conference Organisers to utilise these special rates.

To make a booking, please complete the relevant section on the registration form and read the terms and conditions carefully.  To confirm a booking, a one nights accommodation deposit will be charged at point of registration.  Your details, accommodation requirements and payment will be forwarded to the hotel to finalise the booking.  Amounts sent that are greater than the first nights accommodation will be returned.

Delegates will then be responsible for settling their final account with the hotel at check out.  A tax invoice for the full amount inclusive of GST will be issued by the hotel on check out.

If you have any queries regarding your accommodation booking, please call All Occasions Management, not the hotel.

General Hotel check-in time is 2.00pm.  If you arrive prior to this time your room may not be available.  To guarantee a room for an early arrival you will need to book for the previous night.

Please indicate on your booking form or please notify All Occasions Management in writing if you will arrive at your hotel after 6.00pm on the day of check-in.  Failure to do so may result in your room being released.

Check-out time is strictly 10.00am unless otherwise indicated.  Late check-out will result in the hotels daily rate being charged.

All rates are in Australian Dollars, inclusive of GST and are for the room only unless indicated otherwise.  All rates refer to single, double or twin share, unless indicated otherwise.

A valid credit card number must be provided to secure your booking. One nights’ deposit will be taken to hold your booking. You will be required to settle your room and incidental expenses direct with the hotel on your departure. Accommodation is held from 2nd December – 7th December 2017. If you require dates outside of this period, please contact the Delegate Services Team who will contact the hotel direct and advise you of availability. The hotels impose strict release dates of 30 days prior to arrival; therefore any bookings made after 30th November 2017 will be subject to availability.
To make a subsequent change or to cancel your booking, notification via email must be made to the Conference Office. Verbal changes or cancellations cannot be accepted nor will the hotels accept any changes direct

The accommodation availability and prices shown on this website are current at the time of publication; however, they are subject to change without notice in accordance with the terms and conditions of each supplier. The Australian Neuroscience Society and All Occasions Group accept no responsibility for any additional costs or inconvenience incurred.

SPONSORSHIP AND EXHIBITION

We are delighted to invite your organisation to participate as a valued sponsor and / or exhibitor of the 2017 Meeting.

The sponsorship and exhibition packages have been designed to meet the needs of our sponsors and provide maximum exposure prior to, during and after the event.

Don’t miss the exciting opportunity to showcase your organisation at this national meeting.

 

Please download a copy of the Prospectus here.

 

 For further information or to express your interest in a sponsorship opportunity, please contact:

Claire Amor-Haynes All Occasions Group

Phone: +61 8 8125 2200

Fax: +61 8 8125 2233

Email: claire.amor-haynes@aomevents.com

 

Dr Melissa Tadros (University of Newcastle)

Phone: +61 2 4921 5609

Email: melissa.tadros@newcastle.edu.au

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

The Australasian Neuroscience Society would like to thank the following sponsors and exhibitors for their support.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Set around the world’s largest natural harbour, Sydney is the most well-known of Australia’s cities, and with good reason. The capital of New South Wales (NSW) is truly a city of contrasts; this thriving urban metropolis boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene, world-class restaurants, is home to gorgeous beaches and has a relaxed, laid-back vibe.

You’ll find plenty of things to see and do in Sydney. Sydney Harbour is a natural playground, and the views are world-class. There’s a wide-ranging cultural life, a dynamic food scene and vibrant cityscape of outstanding contemporary and colonial architecture. Iconic beaches – most notably Bondi and Manly – and five major national parks deliver unforgettable outdoor experiences. Sydney extends north and south of the harbour in a golden chain of easy-to-reach beaches. You can spend an entire day on the beach as you swim in the surf, then eat and party at the shoreline restaurants and bars.

Sydney is easy to access by car and public transport. Its Orbital Network comprises 10 motorways linked with expressways, freeways and other main roads to get you around the city and surrounding areas. A public transport network of buses, trains, and ferries service the major tourist attractions, including the beaches and shopping precincts, as well as the many accommodation options in Sydney.

There are many different ways to get to/from and around Sydney Airport which is approximately 8km from Darling Harbour and the International Convention Centre (an average drive of 25 minutes).

 

REDY2GO Airport Shuttles provide shuttle transfers all over Sydney.  A shuttle bus to or from Sydney Airport represents a fast and inexpensive alternative to car rentals.  REDY2GO has door-to-door shuttle services from Sydney Airport to your hotel or any spot in the city: Sydney CBD (Central Business District), China Town, The Rocks and all the most popular tourist spots in New South Wales.  At REDY2GO you can pre-book your Sydney Airport shuttle online and arrange an airport transfer any time of the day for a completely customable  experience!  Your private shuttle is waiting.

Alternatively, Sydney’s Airport Train line operates from all City Circle train stations to the domestic terminals (T2 and T3) and International Terminal (T1) every 10 minutes.  The trip will take between 10 abd 20 minutes, depending on the starting and ending point of your trip.

The Airport line runs from around 5am until midnight, 7 days a week.  A single one way ticket would cost approximately $18.00 from both the Domestic and International Airports, depending on the ending point of your trip.

Phone: +61 2 8337 8417

Website: http://www.airportlink.com.au

There are a number of secure car parks located in and around Darling Harbour.  There are 826 undercover parking spaces that will be available at the International Convention Centre.  The entrances to the carparks can be easily found by heading south along Darling Drive.  Signage will assist and indicate how many bays are available or if the carpark is full.

For convenience, one car park is located beneath the exhibition centre and the second is located next to the main theatre,  Both carparks have a height restriction of 2.1 meters, are controlled by auto pay machines and provide a convenient lift access to the venue.

The exhibition car park provides the following additional facilities:

  • 8 disabled parking bays
  • 10 electric car charges servicing 20 parking bays
  • 25 motorcycle parking bays
  • 50 bicycle racks

Taxi Services 

Taxis Combined

Phone: 133 300

Website: http://www.taxiscombined.com.au

Premier Cabs:

Phone: 13 10 17

Website: http://www.premiercabs.com.au

Taxi Rank

There are two taxi ranks at Darling Harbour, one at Wheat Road near the IMAX Cinema and one behind the shopping centre on Convention Place.

Train

Train Stations in the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) include Central, Museum, St James, Town Hall, Wynward, Circular Quay, Martin Place and Kings Cross.  They are easy to travel between or to connect with services going to the northern, southern and western suburbs.

Ticket prices are generally based on the distance travelled.

Bus

Buses operate right across Sydney, with priority routes in the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) along Elizabeth Street, Castlereagh Street, Park Street, Druitt Street, Clarence Street and York Street.

Ferries

Ferry Services across Sydney’s world-renowned harbour leave from the terminal at Circular Quay and travel to a wide array of harbour side destinations including Taronga Zoo, Cockatoo Island, and suburbs such as Balmain, Kirribilli, Neutral Bay, Mosman and Rose Bay.

 

Bus

Transport NSW have a range of apps available to make navigating around Sydney by public transport easier.  Download one of the handy apps available and track your service on your mobiles device.  Visit the Transport App page to find out more.

The average maximum temperature in Sydney in December is 27.4°C.  Nights are cooler but the average minimum temperature rarely drops below 17.9°C.

All Convention Sessions, Welcome and other Functions, requite delegates to wear smart casual attire.

In the event of industrial disruptions or natural disasters, the Australian Neuroscience Society, the Organising Committee, and the All Occasions Group cannot accept responsibility for any financial or other losses incurred by the delegates. The Australian Neuroscience Society, the Organising Committee and the All Occasions Group take no responsibility for injury or damage to persons or property occurring during the Convention. All insurance, including medical cover, or expenses incurred in the event of the cancellation of the Convention is the individual delegate’s responsibility. Attendees are encouraged to choose a travel insurance policy that includes loss of fees/deposits through cancellation of your participation in the Convention, or through the cancellation of the Convention itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered.

 

The Convention Secretariat will take no responsibility for any participant failing to take out insurance.

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What’s on in Sydney…

The Nutcracker – Russian National Ballet

Christmas would not be Christmas without The Nutcracker! Come and celebrate the holidays with us, joining the magical adventure of Clara, Fritz and The Nutcracker as they battle the evil Rat King.

After Swan Lake’s success in touring Australia last year, The Russian National Ballet Theatre is coming back, this time bringing the world’s greatest classic ballet: The Nutcracker.

Price: $89

Date: Saturday 2nd Dec 7pm

State Theatre 49 Market St., Sydney, NSW, 2000

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with extraordinary talent. Her music would become the soundtrack to a generation.
She fought her way into the record industry as a teenager and sold her first hit, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, when she was just seventeen. By the time she was twenty, she was writing number ones for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll, including The Drifters, The Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and The Monkees.

Price: $70-$195

Dates: Friday 1st Dec 8pm, Saturday 2nd Dec 2pm and 8pm, Sunday 3rd December 3pm.

Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont, NSW 2009

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Barbara and the Camp Dogs

WORLD PREMIERE!

Meet Barbara and her band the Camp Dogs. Barbara’s been trying to make it in Sydney but maybe this just isn’t her town. In all the relentless demands of city life, where’s the sense of belonging she craves? It’s time to take a break with her cousin René.

With Ursula Yovich as Barbara and Casey Donovan as her redoubtable cousin, Barbara and the Camp Dogs is a rock-gig musical about love and home.

Price: $40-$72

Dates: 2nd-23rd December 6.30pm or 8pm.

Belvoir, 25 Belvoir St., Surry Hills, NSW, 2010

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Sia’s Nostalgic for the Present Tour

Global superstar Sia will bring her spectacular Nostalgic For The Present Tour to AAMI Park and Allianz Stadium this November and December for her only Australian tour dates!

Sia headlines a stellar all-female lineup in an Australian exclusive, which will see the hit maker team up with Charli XCX, MØ and Amy Shark, three of the most exciting artists on the global music stage.

Price: $99-$325

Date: Saturday 2nd Dec 6.00pm

Allianz Stadium, Driver Ave, Moore Park, NSW, 2021

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Luminous

Luminous at Darling Quarter, the world’s largest interactive light installation, inspires imaginations and instils awe. It illuminates Sydney, and invites you to come and play.

Constructed from 557 LED lights and possessing unique interactive capabilities, Luminous at Darling Quarter offers the Sydney community a breathtaking backdrop to their delight and a shimmering canvas through which to explore their curiosities. Overlooking Darling Harbour’s recently rejuvenated Darling Quarter, the digital facade represents the latest international benchmark in urban digital innovation, and will redefine the way we think of public art, play and communication.

Price: Free

Date: 3rd, 5th and 6th December 7.30pm-12am

Darling Quarter, 1-25 Harbour St., Darling Harbour, Sydney

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Shark Reef Snorkel

Shark Reef Snorkel at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is an experience which can’t be found anywhere else in New South Wales.

It is a thrilling a fully immersive underwater adventiure which will leave you wide eyed in amazement.  Snorkelers will be submerged into one of the worlds most beautiful eco-systems and will come face-to-face with reef sharks, saw fish, Maori Wrasses and more.

With no diving experience required this ultimate reef adventure can be enjoyed individually or with the entire family.

Price: $85

Dates: Daily

Darling Harbour, 1-5 Wheat Rd, Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour

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Wild Flight Experience

Wild Flight is a self-propelled ride where kids and parents alike will experience flight through the attractions aviary.  Riders will see kangaroos from the sky, glide past princess parrots and other feathered friends.  Highlights include: zooming over the zoo, flying amongst a variety of Australian Birds, getting an amazing aerial view of kangaroos, wallabies and other native wildlife.

Price: Enquire

Dates: Daily between 10am – 5pm

Darling Harbour, 1-5 Wheat Rd, Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour

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Koala Encounters

Koala Encounters, on the beautiful open air rooftop area of Wild LIFE Sydney Zoo, invites you to meet and even get up close to our very cute koalas.  You’ll have the opportunity to get a photo with our furry friends.  Its the perfect place to stop for a coffee and a snack and relax with the koalas.

 

Price: Enquire

Date: Daily between 11am – 5.45pm

Darling Harbour, 1-5 Wheat Rd, Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour

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Jurassic Seas

Jurassic Seas takes you into the depths of the ocean to see where life began and meet weird and wonderful living fossils.  Learn about evolution and discover the mysterious nautilus, Port Jackson sharks, jellyfish and lungfish.

Price: Enquire

Date: Daily

Darling Harbour, 1-5 Wheat Rd, Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour

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On the Waterfront

When you visit the Australian National Maritime Museum, be sure to wander along the attractive waterfront to view the historic lighthouse and other landmarks.

Home to a heritage fleet, the ANMM’s waterfront is a serene walk filled with maritime tales.  There are anchors, boats, sculptures and much more to explore as you walk along the wharf.  Don’t miss the Welcome Wall on your way to the Pyrmont Bay ferry terminal.

Price: Enquire

Dates: Daily

2 Murray St., Darling Harbour, Sydney

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Action Stations

Action Stations offers a new and exciting way to experience the compelling history of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

Action Stations reinterprets and enlivens our much-loved ex-RAN vessels – HMAS Vampire, HMAS Onslow, and HMAS Advance.  Featuring a dramatic immersive cinematic experience, a new discovery and exploration space and audio-visual encounters that recall sailors’ memories on board the vessels.  Action Stations will give visitors new insight into the inner workings of navy life at sea.

Price: $27

Dates: Daily between 9.30am – 5pm

2 Murray St., Darling Harbour, Sydney

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Live Music at Darling Harbour

From emerging artists to International Acts, intimate bards to big buzzing clubs, there are plenty of venues to enjoy live music at Darling Harbour.

Price: Free

Date: Daily

Various Locations in Darling Harbour

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Daily Fish Feeding – Chinese Garden of Friendship

Join the garden’s Interpretational Officers at 11.30am daily in the Lenient Jade Pavilion to feed the magnificent koi.  Help the team attract the fish by clapping loudly, then share in the experience of feeding these colourful ‘living jewels’.

The koi in the garden are descended from a type of black carp called ‘magoi’ and are fed 3 times a day with floating fish pellets (similar to tropical fish food).  They also eat the algae growing on the rocks and buildings.  Thanks to the special attention and care they receive, the garden’s koi can live up to 35 years.

Price: Free with garden entry

Date: Daily

Lenient Jade Pavilion, Chinese Garden

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Traditional Chinese Dress up in the Garden

Dress up in traditional Chinese costumes and take your own photographs in the Chinese Garden Friendship.  For group bookings and information call 0468 336 568

Price: Garden Entry plus $10

Dates: Daily 11am – 5pm

Pier St., Darling Harbour, Sydney

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Cocktail Master Classes at the Blackbird Cafe

Ready… Steady… MIX! Cocktail mixology classes are now available at Blackbird Cafe.  Book your class and learn how to shake, mix and muddle your way to being the life of the party!

Taught by in-house mixologist and molecular cocktail connoisseur Ronan Tuck, you can finally learn how to make your favourite cocktails in a fun and engaging environment.

Price: $85

Dates: Daily

Balcony Level, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour

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Passengers: The Long Sea Voyage to a New Land

Step into this exhibitions Art Deco Decor, evoking the glamorous ear of ocean liner travel.  Linger on the many personal items that bring voyagers’ stories to life – diary excerpts, clothing, precious mementos and shipboard souvenirs.  Why did they leave? How long was the voyage? How did they settle in a strange new country?

The exhibitions centrepiece is a large scale model of the 1937 ocean liner SS Orcades, which brought migrants to Australia.  In 1952, 9 year old child migrant Bob Stephens was sent across the world from England.  His precious mementos of his mother speak volumes about enduring attachment to his family and homeland.  War and Love tells that story of 2 Japanese women who migrated to Australia as war brides after World War 2.

Price: Enquire

Date: Daily 9.30am – 5pm

2 Murray St.,  Darling Harbour, Sydney

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Navigators: Charting Paths of Discovery to Australia

Successive waves of sailors and settlers have navigated to our shores over thousands of years.  Australia has been ‘discovered’ many times, some of them recorded, some not.

This exhibition takes us from early contacts with Asia, like the Makassan trepang trade in northern Australia, through to the European era of Dutch, French and British explorers.  Follow the European story through historical maps and charts, instruments and paintings.

Price: Enquire

Date: Daily 9.30am – 5pm

2 Murray St., Darling Harbour, Sydney

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Navy: The Human Stories of Australia’s Naval Heritage

Experience the richness of Australia’s naval heritage through human stories of bravery, tragedy and triumph.  Peer into the contents of a sailors ditty box from the 1920’s.  Relive the dramatic 3 day rescue of Tony Bullimore in 1997 and the ‘children overboard’ affair of 2001.  Find out why Commander Harry Bennett received his displayed Distinguished Service Order.

From its earliest days, the RAN has been as much about its servicemen and women as its operations, ships and technologies.  From the viewing platform of this soaring gallery, you can watch a screening of ‘Navy: Purpose, Fleet and People’.

Price: Enquire

Dates: Daily 9.30am – 5pm

2 Murray St., Darling Harbour, Sydney

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Wharf 7: Skiffs to Speedboats

Two minutes’ walk from the main museum building is Wharf 7 Maritime Heritage Centre where historic watercraft of all shapes and sizes are kept in the collections of the Australian National Maritime Museum and Sydney Heritage Fleet.  They are a tangible link to the stories of our maritime past.

Sydney Heritage Fleet began amassing their collection of dinghies, skiffs, speedboats and rowing shells in the early 1960’s, focusing on the democracy and fun of Sydney Harbour

 

Price: Enquire

Dates: Daily 9.30am – 5pm

2 Murray St., Darling Harbour, Sydney

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Australia – USA: A centuries long maritime bond

 

In 1988, the United States presented a Bicentennial Gift of money to Australia to research, interpret and tell the story of the maritime links between their seafaring nations.

Price: Enquire

Date: Daily 9.30am – 5pm

2 Murray St.,  Darling Harbour, Sydney

CONTACT US

For further information please contact the Conference Organisers.

All Occasions Group

12 Stirling Street

Thebarton SA 5031

T 08 8125 2200

F 08 125 2233

E conference@aomevents.com

W www.alloccasionsgroup.com

ANS SOCIETY CONTACT INFORMATION

Address: c/o The Association Specialists

PO Box 576

Crows Nest NSW 1585

Australia

Phone: +61 2 9431 8652

Email: secretariat@ans.org.au

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