OzBio2010 - International Conference on “Molecules of life: from discovery to biotechnology” to take place in Melbourne 26 September to 1 October 2010.


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Key Dates

On-site Poster Abstract Submission Deadline
Extended to 20 September, 2010
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End of Earlybird Registration Deadline
Extended to 30 June, 2010
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Guaranteed Hotel Reservation Deadline
26 July, 2010
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General Information pic

Venue & Car Parking

The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre is a modern, comprehensive conference and exhibition facility providing state-of-the art communications and presentation technology. There are two car parks available for visitors to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and details of location and current car parking rates can be found at: www.mcec.com.au/Attend/Visitor-Info/Parking.html

Weather

September is a spring month and temperatures average around 17°C (63°F). Moderately warm clothing is recommended for the evening.

Travel

Most major airlines operate flights directly in and out of Melbourne’s Tullamarine International Airport. Tullamarine International Airport is a 30 minute drive from the city and all major hotels.

Arrival

It is strongly recommended that international visitors from Europe and America allow at least one day in which to adjust to the time difference. Travellers crossing the Pacific will lose one day when crossing the International Date Line.

The day prior to the start of the conference (Saturday, 25 September) is the Australian Football League Grand Final day which is held in Melbourne. Therefore hotel costs for 24 and 25 September will be greatly inflated. Overseas delegates coming to Australia prior to the start of the conference may wish to fly into one of the other national cities and then fly to Melbourne on the Sunday to avoid the increased hotel costs.

Airport Transfers

A taxi fare between Tullamarine Airport and the Melbourne Convention Centre can range from $A60-$70, depending on traffic. There is shuttle service which runs every day from Tullamarine Airport to the Southern Cross Station (a 2 minute walk from the Melbourne Convention Centre). This service leaves every ten minutes from 8.00am to 8.00pm, and then every 15 minutes until 12 midnight. Please see www.skybus.com.au for rates and details.

Attendance Certificate

Letters of verification of attendance will be available on request at the registration desk.

Currency and Banking

The Australian Dollar ($A) is a decimal currency with units in dollars and cents. Check the currency converter on the website: www.xe.net/ucc

Currency exchange facilities are available at the international airport, major hotels and city banks. Normal banking hours are Monday – Thursday 09:30 to 16:00 and 09:30 to 17:00 Friday. Banks are closed weekends but ATM’s are available 24 hours per day.

Electricity

The power supply in Australia is 240 volt AC 50Hz. The connection for appliances is a flat 3-pin plug. Hotels usually supply 110 volt outlets for electric shavers, but an adaptor might be necessary for other appliances.

Medical and Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended that international visitors seek advice and take out appropriate travel insurance and medical cover. Overseas visitors are required to pay in full all medical expenses incurred while in Australia. The Conference organisers accept no responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance.

Special Dietary Requirements

It is important that all special dietary requirements are indicated on the registration form.

Tipping

Tipping is not widespread or regulated in Australia, and is generally recognized as a reward for exceptional service. In a more expensive restaurant, a tip of about 10% is usually expected.