We have reserved all of the accommodation at Country Club Tasmania for the 2012 ASP Annual Conference and special conference rates have been negotiated for Conference Delegates with the Conference Venue, the Country Club Tasmania, and these rates have been incorporated into the conference registration fees. Conference delegates can select, book and pay for their accommodation at Country Club Tasmania online with their registration. We strongly encourage all delegates to stay onsite at Country Club Tasmania as this is a residential conference and the conference venue resides outside of Launceston.
Room types available to conference delegates at Country Club Tasmania are Delux Resort rooms in the main conference venue, or 1BR and 2BR Country Club Villas located 800 metres from the main conference venue at Country Club Tasmania. Registered students will share a 1BR or 2 BR Country Club Villa. Full delegates can also select to share a 2 BR villa. Students and conference delegates who select to share a villa can nominate who they would like to share with.
If delegates are attending the conference with their family there are a limited number of family rooms available at the Country Club Villas and these must be booked through the Conference Coordinator, Lisa.Jones1@jcu.edu.au, tel 07-40421311.
Country Club Tasmania
Country Club Avenue, Prospect Vale, Tasmania, 7520
Breakfast Conference Delegate rate $19 per person per day (must book when making room reservation). There is a shop nearby for villa guests to purchase breakfast supplies.
ASP Student Conference Travel Grant
The Australian Society for Parasitology offers all bona fide ASP student members the opportunity for part reimbursement of the costs of attending the Annual Meeting of the Society. The money available varies from year to year but usually covers between 50 and 75% of the Registration, Accommodation and Travel costs. The actual amount of reimbursement depends on the costs of the Meeting and the numbers of students applying. All student members of at least 3 months standing (i.e. applicants must have been a member of the ASP for at least 3 months prior to the commencement of the conference, in this case, prior to 2 April, 2012) may apply for this bursary provided they are enrolled at a recognised Australian University and do not receive an after tax salary greater than an Australian postgraduate award or recognised alternative in the preceding year. Postgraduate students are eligible for up to 1 year after completion of their studies.
To apply for a 2012 ASP Student Conference Travel Grant download the guidelines. Once you have read the guidelines to apply for the grant, please register for the conference and complete all the fields in the ASP Students Conference Travel Grants section. If you have already registered for the conference please log in to conftool and under the heading “As participant you have the following options:” select “Edit Your Participant Registration Details” and complete all the fields in the ASP Students Conference Travel Grants section. Applications for 2012 ASP Student Conference Travel Grants close 2 April 2012.
Enquires should be made to Lisa Jones.
Post Graduate Workshops
Introductory Phylogenetic Systematics – from Sequence to Trees Workshop
Postgraduate students can participate in a Introductory Phylogenetic Systematics – from Sequence to Trees workshop, run by Dr Terry Miller (Queensland Museum) and Dr Jason Mulvenna (James Cook University) will be running a bioinformatics component. The workshop will be held at the University of Tasmania, Launceston campus. Cost is $40 for ASP members and $150 for non-members and this fee is to cover bench fees, bus transfers, morning tea and lunch. Registration will be limited to 30 participants. This workshop will introduce students to some of the basics behind modern techniques used to edit DNA sequence data, produce robust alignments, perform some of the most commonly used phylogenetic inference algorithms and edit the resulting phylograms for publication. While we will introduce students to and provide information on the theories underpinning the analyses, the goal of this short course is to provide a practical framework for taking their DNA sequence data from the sequencer to publication. Much of this course will involve hands-on work (i.e. sitting in front of a computer analysing data). Students are encouraged to bring their own data, although datasets will also be provided. More details about this workshop will be released closer to the time.
Enquires should be made to Lisa Jones.
Workshops for Students and Early Career Researchers
Early career researchers can participate in a post-dinner Early Career Researcher event in an atmospheric room with a bar at Country Club Tasmania from 8pm
Tuesday, 3 July 2012. This workshop, "How to prepare your CV for different purposes", will be coordinated by Dr Rowena Martin (ANU) .
Postgraduate student breakfast event
Postgraduate students can participate in a breakfast event
from 7am on Wednesday, 4 July 2012 in the Ballroom of Country Club Tasmania. This workshop "Grilling the experts - ten things you want to know but are too afraid to ask" will give students top tips to prepare for interviews, presentations, being an active audience participant, and how to make the most of social occasions at scientific meetings to the benefit of your career (how to "work the room").
Tours and babysitting
Bree Philpot at Launceston Travel and Information Centre will be managing bookings for pre, post and during conference tours, please contact Bree with any queries (email@example.com) or call the Launceston Travel and Information Centre on 1800 651 827 and ask to speak to Bree. Download information about available tours here.
Babysitting can be arranged at Country Club Tasmania. Please contact Lisa if you are interested in organising babysitting during the conference (Lisa.Jones1@jcu.edu.au, 07-40421311).
Business Visitor Visas for International Delegates
We are liaising with the International Events Coordinator Network (IECN) within the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, to streamline visa applications for international delegates. Following registration, a letter of confirmation of registration will be supplied which can be forwarded to an overseas Australian Visa Office with the visa application.
Please direct all registration enquiries to:
Phone: +61 (0)7 40421311
Please indicate on the registration form or contact the Conference Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org if you have special dietary requirements or special requests.
There is no nominated airline for travel to the Conference. For those arriving at Launceston Airport, information about transport to Country Club Tasmania is on their website (http://www.countryclubtasmania.com.au/default.asp?pID=378).
Printed posters will be on display for the duration of the conference. There will be one poster viewing evening session (with drinks and buffet dinner) on Wednesday 4 July. A number of posters will be selected from abstract submissions for "Speed Dating" presentations as brief (2 minute), single-screen Powerpoint oral 'grabs' to portray the meat and merit of your work. Please ensure that all abstracts are submitted on the registration form by the due date. Printed posters should be A0 size (841mm wide by 1189mm high) with Velcro hooks around the back edges.
Oral Presentations, Contributed papers, Symposia and Plenary Lectures
Audiovisual aids for oral presentations will include computers and data projectors set up to support Powerpoint presentations only. Speakers should bring electronic copies of their presentation to the conference on CD or memory (USB) stick. Plenary lectures will be 45 minutes, including questions, Symposium lectures will be 30 minutes, including questions; and Contributed papers will be 15 minutes, including questions. All electronic copies of conference presentations held by the conference coordinator will be deleted following the completion of the session.