General information


‘Beautiful one day, perfect the next’ – that is what they say about Queensland which boasts an enjoyable subtropical climate all year round. 

Brisbane is blessed with wonderful, warm sunshine throughout the year and is the perfect location for visitors to enjoy a range of activities – sport, picnics in parks, bushwalking, water sport and other relaxing forms of recreation. June is the beginning of our winter season and is traditionally sunny with an average temperature of 21oC during the day and 12oC overnight.

Winds are typically calm to a moderate breeze. Remember to pack sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat if you will be spending time outdoors or touring and also a jacket as the clear skies and low humidity levels certainly mean that night time may be cool.

Disability access

If you require disability-specific facilities, please notify the secretariat by indicating this on your registration form.


A smart casual / business attire dress code applies for all conference sessions. Lounge suit / cocktail dress for the conference dinner is requested.


The electricity supply is 240 volts, 50 Hz. The connection for appliances is a flat 3-pin plug. Most city hotels provide 110 volt sockets for shavers.


It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate medical, travel and personal insurance before travelling.


The official language of the Conference is English.

Liability disclaimer

In the event of industrial disruption or other unforeseen circumstances, the conference organisers accept no responsibility for loss of monies incurred by delegates.


Australia has a decimal system of dollars and cents. Exchange facilities are available at Brisbane Airport or city banks. Visa and MasterCard are accepted widely, hotels and some other places accept American Express and Diners Club. Visa and MasterCard only are accepted for Conference transactions. For currency exchange rates please click here.

Name badges

The wearing of identification badges is mandatory and will be required for admission to all sessions. These will be provided at the conference registration desk upon your arrival.


Internet access is provided via eduroam, the global roaming network for education and research institutes. Eduroam allows users from participating institutions to log into another institutions’ Wi-Fi networks using the username and password credentials they use at their home institution.

If your institution does not participate in the eduroam network (most do), please contact the conference secretariat so that we may provide your details to UQ who will set up a temporary account for your use. If your University is an eduroam participant, you might check to ensure no pre-configuration is required.

No smoking policy

Delegates should be aware that smoking is not allowed in public buildings and many hotels and restaurants throughout Australia. Smoking is banned across the entire University of Queensland campus.

Time zones

Brisbane operates on Eastern Standard Time, which is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT). For international delegates, we suggest you allow at least one day in which to adjust to the time difference. Travellers crossing the Pacific will lose one day by crossing the International Date Line.


There is no tradition of tipping in Australia, it is therefore not expected and service is given with a smile. However, where the service has been excellent, you may tip if you wish. About 10% of the bill is usual if the service is exceptional.