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The Australasian Neuroscience Society 36th Annual Scientific Meeting for 2016 is being held in stunning Hobart. With the conference on the waterfront and the dinner at MONA, ANS2016HOBART will blow your mind with a brilliant mix of science and socialising.

WELCOME

From Tracey Dickson and Kaylene Young, Co-Chairs

We are delighted to extend an invitation to participate in the 36th Annual Meeting of the Australasian Neuroscience Society which will take place in Hobart from 4th – 7th December 2016. 
Ours is the largest meeting of neuroscientists in the Australasian region and will include four plenary lectures. The meeting begins on Sunday afternoon with delivery of the Overseas Plenary Lecture by Michael Hausser, University College London. David Small, Jefferey Rosenfeld and Massimo Hilliard will deliver our other plenaries during the course of the meeting (see our Speakers Page for further details). 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 presentations, discussion and socialising. There will also be numerous satellite meetings to attend before and after the ANS 2016 meeting.  

The Social Program will kick off with a Welcome Reception overlooking the Hobart Docks on Sunday evening. The popular Student and Early Career Researcher Social Mixer will take place on Monday evening at the Brunswick hotel, a favourite among locals, just a short walk from the conference centre. This should be a great night. This year the ANS Conference Dinner will be held at world-renowned MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), which houses a private collection of contemporary art works and exhibitions and is ranked 20 in the 500 best places in the world by the Lonely Planet. The dinner will provide the opportunity to enjoy the amazing architecture and views over the river and vineyard, some delicious cusine featuring Tasmanian produce and a private viewing of the famous museum. Don’t miss it.
  

The conference will be held on the beautiful Hobart waterfront at the Grand Chancellor Hotel.  This is easy walking distance to restaurants, bars, shops, market and arts center in the historic Salamanca Place, performances by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at the Federation Concert Hall, and Australia’s oldest continually operating theatre, the Theatre Royal.  Within one block of the conference venue you can also enjoy whiskey tasting from the local Lark Distillery, experience the Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum, Maritime Museum and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. For delegates free on Saturday, the Salamanca Markets are a must visit destination for tourists.

You may also wish to consider enjoying some wine tasting and the beautiful views from vineyards in the nearby Coal Valley, relaxing in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, cycling down Mount Wellington, enjoying views of Hobart from the water on a cruise from Hobart’s Sullivan’s Cove through the d’Entrecasteaux Channel to Peppermint Bay, strolling along the Hobart Rivulet to visit the Cascade Female Factory Historic Site and enjoy a drink in the fabulous gardens of Australia’s oldest brewery or beginning a Tasmanian wilderness journey from Hobart’s Franklin Wharf.   

Of course, Tasmania offers something for everyone as a tourist destination so we hope that you will take the opportunity to arrive early or stay afterwards (or both) to enjoy waterfalls and temperate rainforest at Mount Field National Park, soak up the history at the Port Arthur Historic Site, or take a tour through Hastings Caves, which are all less than 2 hours by car from Hobart.    

In response to feedback from society members and being mindful of the increasing funding pressures in our field, we have worked hard to keep our costs as low as possible for registration. We have made a conscious decision to cut non-essentials such as conference satchels and ‘apps’ in an effort to keep our registration costs down. Low-budget and shared accomodation options are being offered to assist attendance by students and early-career researchers. Travel scholarships for student members of ANS are also available.    

The ANS 2016 meeting will offer fantastic mix of science and socialising. An opportunity to hear about the latest international and national neuroscience research whilst catching up with friends and colleagues and enjoying the hospitality of Hobart - we look forward to welcoming you. 

Tracey Dickson and Kaylene Young
Co-Chairs, ANS 2016 Local Organising Committee