The 34th Annual Conference of The Bioelectromagnetics Society is being held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, located in the Southbank precinct of the city of Brisbane. Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and is located on the eastern seaboard of Australia.
There’s something for everyone in Brisbane – don’t miss the sparkling and exciting CBD, the cool waters of the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay, the rural shires surrounding the city, and the mountainous national parks.
Weather in Brisbane is rated amongst the best in the world, with its sub-tropical climate guaranteeing lots of sunny days. Winters are mild, expect temperatures of between 11°C to 21°C when you visit for the BEMS Conference.
If you are planning on attending the Conference as an international delegate then we recommend that you visit www.australia.com and www.visitbrisbane.com.au both websites have all the information you’ll ever need to plan your visit to Brisbane Australia.
If you have any queries relating to your accommodation booking first speak to the staff at your hotel or alternatively Leishman Associates staff at the registration desk. Your credit card details have been supplied to the hotel you have selected, as security for your booking. If you have arrived 24 hours later than your indicated arrival day you may find that you have been charged a fee. You will be responsible for all room and incidental charges on check out and may be asked for an impression of your credit card for security against these charges, this is standard policy in most hotels.
If you are yet to book, see www.bems2012.com.au/2012/accommodation for information and maps.
Pre and Post Conference Tours
A range of tours can be booked before your arrival to Brisbane, see the conference website or when you arrive, speak to the friendly staff at the registration desk for assistance with tour bookings.
Lunch is not included in the registration fee; an additional $20.00 per day lunch voucher is available for purchase at the time of registration. This is the recommended method of day catering due to time restrictions and networking opportunities, other options include:
- Brisbane Convention Centre in-house Cafe, located in the main foyer of the Convention Centre.
- Cafes located along Southbank (5 minutes walk)
Delegates who have pre-ordered their lunch will be issued with a voucher for each day and must present their voucher to catering staff to access the lunch buffet. Lunch vouchers will be provided to you within your name badge.
Workshop: US Airforce Workshop - EMF High-Peak-Power-Pulse Bioeffects and Standards
Date: Sunday 17 June
Time: 1300 - 1700
The US Airforce will be running a workshop which will be Co-Chaired by Michael R. Murphy and Bennett L. Ibey from the Air Force Research Laboratory, 711th Human Performance Wing. All delegates are invited to attend this complimentary event. Delegates are encouraged to pre-register for this event to assist with catering numbers.
Workshop: Research at the University of Queensland on electromagnetic fields in MRI
Date: Monday 18 June
Time: 1830 – 2000
Professor Stuart Crozier will give an update on research at the University of Queensland on electromagnetic fields in MRI.
All delegates are invited to attend this complimentary event. Delegates are encouraged to pre-register for this event to assist with catering numbers.
Workshop: ENA EMF Scientific Workshop
Date: Thursday 21 June
Time: 1730 - 2030
The Energy Networks Association of Australia (ENA) is holding an EMF Scientific Workshop which will bring together papers on EMF scientific research and other activities related particularly to the electricity industry. All delegates are invited to attend this complimentary event. Delegates are encouraged to pre-register to assist with catering numbers.
Sunday 17 June 2012
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sky Room
1700 – 1900
This event will be held at the Conference Venue and will be the first opportunity of the conference to meet with colleagues and friends from around the world for drinks and canapés.
Full Fee Paying Delegates are entitled to two tickets; Student Delegates are entitled to one ticket. Please advise firstname.lastname@example.org if you will not be attending.
Additional tickets can be purchased for $55.00.
Student Ice Breaker
Sunday 17 June 2012
Fox Hotel, Southbank
1900 – 2100
All students are welcome to The Fox Hotel for Happy Hour and nibbles from 7.00pm for 2 hours. At this time students will have access to drink specials. The Fox Hotel is located at
71 Melbourne St, South Brisbane, which is an 8 minute walk from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. This function is inclusive for all student delegates, nibbles will be provided. Cash bar will apply for refreshments. Please wear your name badge for entry.
Tuesday 19 June 2012
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
1900 – 2300
Join us for another chance to network and meet with colleagues whilst enjoying a night of great food, wine and entertainment. One ticket to the Conference Dinner is included in each full registration. Please advise email@example.com if you will not be attending.
Additional tickets can be purchased at cost for $115.00.
Wednesday 20 June 2012
1230 – 1800
Crikey! The Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo is on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. An easy 1 hour drive, just north of Brisbane, Australia Zoo offers a unique and exciting experience with a full day of wildlife action & adventure. Delegates will have the opportunity to join the audience with eleven shows daily, you can get your adrenalin pumping as you watch crocodiles launch a strike from the water’s edge in our 5000 seat Crocoseum, get hands on with our wandering wildlife as our keepers introduce you to koalas, snakes, wombats, dingoes, alligators, tortoises and more. You can even have your photo taken with a giant python … if you dare!
Ticket cost is $115.00 per person, includes lunch and afternoon tea, coach and entry into Australia Zoo.
Additional tickets to the social functions
One ticket to the Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner is included in the cost of a full conference registration.
One complimentary spouse/partner ticket can be obtained on registration for the Welcome Reception.
Additional tickets to the Conference Dinner are available for purchase from the registration desk.
There are ATM facilities located throughout the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Please check with the concierge of your hotel for the nearest ATM. VISA and MasterCard are widely accepted.
These are available in the Convention Centre lobby, standard phone charges apply.
All delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors will be provided with a name badge, which must be worn at all times within the conference venue, it is required for access to all the conference sessions.
Seating and table allocation for the Conference Dinner on Tuesday 19 June will be by way of sticker allocation. This means that when you register, if you’ve booked to attend the dinner, or it’s included in your registration, then you should receive a sticker that you can place on the table allocations that will be located near the registration desk. If you don’t receive a sticker it means that we do not have you registered to attend the Dinner.
Dress throughout the conference is smart casual or informal business.
Emergency Medical Care
For any medical emergency please telephone 000. The staff at your hotel will have information if you require contact details for a doctor, dentist or other health professional.
Entry to conference sessions
It is suggested that delegates arrive at preferred sessions promptly to ensure a seat. If sessions become full then late delegates will not be allowed entry. Delegates must wear their name badge to gain entry.
As a courtesy to other delegates, please ensure that all mobile phones are turned off or on a silent mode during all sessions and social functions.
The Registration Desk is located off the Grey Street enterance, on the Plaza level at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Please direct any questions you may have regarding registration, accommodation, tours or social functions to Leishman Associates staff at this desk.
Registration Desk Open Hours
- Sunday 17 June 0800-1830
- Monday 18 June 0730-1830
- Tuesday 19 June 0730-1900
- Wednesday 20 June 0800-1300
- Thursday 21 June 0800 – 1800
- Friday 22 June 0800 – 1330
The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and the other conference venues are non-smoking venues. However, guests are allowed to smoke outside in designated areas.
Getting to the Convention Centre from the Airport
Brisbane Airport’s close proximity to the city centre provides visiting delegates with a range of budget-friendly transfer options.
The award-winning Airtrain is an increasingly popular option for conference delegates transferring from the domestic and international Airport terminals to the city centre. The 20 minute express Airport to city service runs every 15 minutes during peak hours stopping at five inner-city stations.
Delegates are offered a special Airtrain rate, contact Leishman Associates to obtain your discount voucher.
In addition to the Brisbane Airtrain service, delegates can select from shuttle/coach services, limousine transfers and taxis.
Further information can be found at http://bne.com.au/to-from-airport/transport-options
Oral Presenters must bring their presentation on a USB and upload their files at least four hours before your scheduled presentation time, please present yourself to the Speakers Preparation Room located within the Brisbane Convention Centre. A technician will be present during registration hours, there will be facilities to test and modify your presentation as required. Oral presentations are 15 minutes plus 3 minutes for questions.
All sessions are networked. Presenters can use their own laptop, however you are still required to see the AV Technician four hours before your presentation.
Posters will be displayed on display boards located in the Maxwell room for the entire duration of the conference. Poster board specifications must not exceed 1189 x 841 mm which is equivalent to AO size.
Posters can be put up from 12.00 noon Sunday and must be removed by 1.00pm Wednesday. Any remaining posters will be removed and kept at the registration desk until 12.00 noon on Friday, after this, they will be disposed.
Poster presenters will be required to stand next to their poster and answer any questions during their scheduled poster session.
All catering venues have been advised of any special diet preferences that you have indicated on your registration form. Please indicate this to the staff at each venue and they will be happy to assist in providing you with your appropriate food.
34BEMS reserves the right to amend or alter any advertised details relating to dates, program and speakers if necessary, without notice, as a result of circumstances beyond their control. All attempts have been made to keep any changes to an absolute minimum.
No Picture Policy
The Bioelectromagnetics Society requests that all participants refrain from taking pictures (i.e. photos, digital pictures, and movies) during presentations at the Annual Meeting. This ‘No Picture Policy’ will be enforced. Permission must be obtained from the President of the Society and the presenting author prior to picture taking of any kind.
Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that participants take out their own general travel insurance. It is suggested that the insurance policy should also cover loss of fees/deposit, airfares, accommodation charges, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property and repatriation expenses. The Insurance should cover loss arising from the cancellation of the conference by the organisers or a person’s inability to attend due to any reason whatsoever. No responsibility is taken by the conference managers for any person not holding insurance.
Please view the full terms and conditions at www.bems2012.com.au
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