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Convenor Welcome

From Michael Lardelli, Chair, Organising Committee

We are delighted to extend an invitation to participate in the 34th Annual Meeting of the Australasian Neuroscience Society which will take place in Adelaide from 28 – 31 January 2014.
 
Ours is the largest meeting of neuroscientists in the Australasian region and will include four plenary lectures. It begins on Tuesday afternoon with delivery of the Overseas Plenary Lecture by Moses Chao of the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine. Perry Bartlett, Marcello Costa and Trevor Kilpatrick will deliver our other plenaries during the course of the meeting (see our Speakers page). The meeting’s many oral presentations are organised into a wide variety of parallel sessions spanning most areas of neuroscience. There are extended periods for poster presentation and discussion. 


The conference will be held in the spacious, modern and centrally-located Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) in Australia’s most liveable city. For 2014 we have kept our registration cost at last year’s level. We will provide both high-end accommodation options as well as low-end options to assist attendance by students and early-career researchers. Travel scholarships for students are also available.

The ACC lies next to the newly-built South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, fine hotels and the Adelaide Casino. Within a short walk one can find our renowned restaurant culture, food courts, universities (Adelaide, Flinders, UniSA), accommodation and the National Wine Centre of Australia. You can admire the nation’s most comprehensive displays of indigenous culture at the SA Museum and see the nation’s finest collection of early European settlement art at the Art Gallery of SA. You can stroll along the River Torrens to our gorgeous Botanic Gardens and the Adelaide Zoo where you will find both Australian animals and our panda guests, Wang Wang and Funi.

Of course, South Australia produces most of Australia’s wine so we hope that you will take the opportunity to arrive early or stay afterwards (or both) to visit nearby areas such as the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale our beaches and the Adelaide Hills. A winery tour will be available as part of our social program on the day after the conference. There will also be numerous satellite meetings to attend before and after the ANS 2014 meeting. 

The Social Program will include a Welcome Reception overlooking the River Torrens on Tuesday evening. The popular Early Career Researcher Social Mixer (for students, postdocs and guest speakers) will take place in the National Wine Centre. This year the widely renowned ANS Conference Dinner will be held with special guests in the Convention Centre’s capacious hall and we will treat you to food and fine wine South Australian-style. Don’t miss it!

We look forward to welcoming you to Adelaide.

Michael Lardelli
Chair, ANS 2014 Local Organising Committee

Local Organising Committee

Michael Lardelli - Chair, University of Adelaide
David O’Carroll - Deputy Chair, University of Adelaide
Stuart Brierley - Secretary, University of Adelaide
Simon Koblar - Treasurer, University of Adelaide 
Bernhard Baune - Chair Scientific Subcommittee, University of Adelaide
Mary Louise Rogers, Flinders University
Xin-Fu Zhou, University of South Australia
Lorimer Moseley, University of South Australia
Vladimir Zagorodnyuk, Flinders University
Anna Leonard, University of Adelaide
Kylie Ellis, University of Adelaide
Renee Turner, University of Adelaide   
Joshua Burton, University of Adelaide
Nick Spencer, Flinders University 
Sarah Brooker, CSIRO  
Steven Wiederman, University of Adelaide
Larisa Bobrovskaya, University of South Australia
Femke Buisman-Pijlman, University of Adelaide
Sarah Cohen-Woods, University of Adelaide
Ian Musgrave, University of Adelaide
Robyn Flook, Flinders University
Emma Parkinson-Lawrence, University of South Australia
Julia Pitcher, University of Adelaide
Robert Vink, University of Adelaide
Lynley Bradnam, Flinders University

About ANS

The Australasian Neuroscience Society was founded in 1971 as an informal collection of interested Australian neuroscientists. It held annual meetings with a central theme from 1972-1980. At the 1979 "Neurotoxins" meeting at Flinders, it was decided to form a proper society. At the 1980 Canberra meeting, a formal society was created with a council, which met for the first time on Thursday 7th Feb 1980. At the tenth annual meeting held at Flinders University in Jan 1981, the constitution of the Society was accepted and the Society became incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory during that year. Annual meetings have been held since 1980, usually in late January, early February. Abstracts were published by Elsevier in Neuroscience Letter Supplements 1982-1989, and are now published by the Society itself (1990 and continuing).