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Conference 2018

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64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Mammal Society

The Conference was held at St Lucia Campus of the University of Queensland in Brisbane from 1 – 5th July 2018

For a copy of AMS 2018 conference Abstracts click here.

Note - the abstract submission and registration deadlines have been extended! Abstract submission now closes on Wednesday, 30th of May and Early Bird Registration now closes on Friday, 1st of June.

The 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Mammal Society will be held at St Lucia Campus of the University of Queensland in Brisbane from 1 – 5th July 2018. We have an exciting scientific and social program planned on the beautiful UQ campus, in collaboration with St. Leo’s college. The main sessions on Monday through Wednesday will be held in the modern Abel Smith lecture theatre are held at the modern Abel Smith lecture theatre near the Great Court; pre-conference early career workshop, symposia, and poster sessions are held within walking distance of the lecture theatre on the premises of St. Leo’s College, right next to the campus lakes. Low-cost accommodation will also be available at St. Leo’s College. From the conference venue, the CBD is only a 10-minute bus trip or a scenic 25-minute CityCat ferry trip away; you can also buy GoCards, which allow free travel on Brisbane’s transport network, and are available at the registration site at a heavily discounted rate.

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 The conference dinner will be held at the Queensland Museum (Southbank), with post-dinner drinks at the new Wild State exhibit, before we move on to the Fox Hotel, opposite the museum, for the after-party.

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The pricing for conference events is shown below.

PLEASE NOTE: The various conference registration prices (top 5 rows of the table below) do NOT include Symposium registration fees. Symposium registration should be selected separately.

Revised abstract list and conference schedule

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Regular registration - closes 26th of June, 6 pm

 Open NOW - go to our registration site and click on CREATE BOOKING for options. Note: if you need to pay for different items using separate payment methods, you can enter the site twice for each transaction; Note also that the registration is only for the technical sessions, with symposia requiring separate payment.

Accommodation Bookings

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How to get there

For directions from the Brisbane Airport to UQ, click here

For directions from the Brisbane Airport to Brisbane City, click here

For directions from Brisbane City to UQ, click here

For directions to the conference venues when you arrive at UQ, click here (Note #23 is Abel Smith Lecture Theatre where talks will be held and #36F at the bottom of the map is St Leo's College - the site of Welcome drinks, Poster session, ECR sessions and Accommodation.)

These locations are also depicted in the map below.

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Join us for three days packed with exciting mammalogy! We will open each day with a plenary address from three trailblazers of Australian mammalogy: Prof. Lynne Selwood AO, University of Melbourne; Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute; and Dr. Katherine Tuft, Arid Recovery Team leader.

Early Career Researcher (PhD/Postdoc) workshop:  Sunday, 1st July, 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm (afternoon tea provided)

 Workshop 1: Re-thinking Abstracts 1-3pm Sad but true: the most-read part of your paper will be the title and the abstract! Researcher/Writer Amanda Niehaus will teach the “Nature” formula for writing impactful abstracts that resonate with readers and show you why you should write an abstract *before* you write the paper, not after. Bring along a printed out copy of an abstract you want to work on!  

Afternoon Tea 3-3:30pm  

Workshop 2: Organize your research from the get-go 3:30-4:15 Do your research project folders contain a jumble of files? When you return to a project after some time out, does it take you a couple of hours to get your head around where everything is? Bioinformatics researcher Thomas Guillerme will talk you through a failsafe way of organizing your research as you do it, ready to go for submission once you’ve written your paper. Bring your laptop if you want to try it out as we go.  

Workshop 3: Writing through Blocks (and other tips) 4:15-5pm  Amanda will be back to talk about ways to get into the “flow” of writing and get words on the page. She’ll show you how to tell a story (and boost the impact of your work), the value of collecting inspiration, and highlight some great resources on communication. 


On Thursday, 5th of July, stay for a day of exciting symposia – The morning one, generously sponsored by Materialize Mimics, is on Form, Function and Evolution of Australasian mammals.  The afternoon symposium will be a on Land Clearing, These are planned to run consecutively, but might overlap if we have a high number of submissions.

Social Programme

On Sunday, 1st of July, the registration desk at St. Leo’s College will be open from 5-7pm, along with an informal mixer on the beautiful St. Leo’s deck overlooking the UQ lakes.

On Monday, 2nd of July there will be a poster session reception at the St. Leo’s deck, followed by the student and old farts dinners.

On Tuesday, 3rd of July, the conference dinner will be after the AGM, and will be held with access to the Wild State Exhibition of the Queensland Museum, followed by a post-dinner party at the adjacent Fox Hotel.

On Wednesday, 4th of July, we will wrap up the general sessions and present the awards.

On Friday, 6th July, two conference tours will provide opportunities to see unique Queensland mammals and other wildlife, featuring the ancient Gondwanan rainforest of the Scenic Rim via O’Reilly’s, Lamington NP and a trip to Dreamworld wildlife park, including a behind-the-scenes tour and day entry into the park.


There are still some seats available on the Scenic Rim Lamington NP conference tour. The wildlife guide for O'Reillys will be leading our tour.

If you want to join this trip please email the conference address asap:

Cash payments will be required and a receipt will be provided.

Winter is a great time of year to visit Brisbane where days are typically mild and sunny, the nights cool and clear. If you have kids, there are lots of things to do in Brisbane; click here for a prospectus of activities and entertainment options.

The organizing committee is looking forward to welcoming AMS members to Brisbane in July. We hope to see you at the conference!

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 We thank our Sponsors:

Silver Sponsor

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