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Astronomical Society of Australia's Annual Scientific Meeting

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The Annual Scientific Meeting of the Astronomical Society of Australia for 2017 will be held at the Australian National University, Canberra on 9-14 July.

Table of Contents

Main Conference Venue

Local Information

Accomodation

Organisation Committees

Contact Information

Main Conference Venue

The main onsite conference venue is the Crawford School of Public Policya single modern building at the lake-side of ANU campus:

The main lecture theatre, the Molonglo Theatre, has a capacity of 200 people and is equipped with a large screen, comfortable seats. Live streaming into the second lecture theatre, the Weston Theatre (120 people), will be arranged. The Crawford School has a large foyer, which will be used for the registration desk, posters, exhibitions and catering. In addition, we have booked two smaller theatres, which will be used for parallel sessions. 

All the conference venues and events will be wheelchair accessible. If you have any concerns, please e-mail the LOC: asa2017-LOC@mso.anu.edu.au.

Child Care

Child care will be available during ASA 2017 in a designated room; talks will be live-streamed into the child care room. Precise arrangements are currently being finalized. If you will be requiring care for your child(ren) during ASA 2017, please contact asa2017-loc@mso.anu.edu.au with the ages of your child(ren), and anything else that may be required in that regard.

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Local Information

Getting to and from Canberra and the ANU

Flights

The Canberra Airport accomodates flights from most of the major cities in Australia by Virgin and QANTAS, as well as direct from Wellington NZ by Singapore Airlines. The airport offers a shuttle bus to and from the city centre during peak hours and has many rental car companies. Other methods to get to and from the airport include taxis and the rideshare app, Uber. For more information about the transport options from the airport to the centre, click here.

Buses

Murray's Buses make 10+ trips between Sydney and Canberra a day. Greyhound Buses also offers services from Sydney to Canberra, as well as between Melbourne and Canberra. Both these bus services arrive and depart at the Jolimont Centre. The Jolimont Centre is located a short 10 min walk from the ANU campus. 

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Getting around Canberra

The ACT bus service, ACTION buses, run buses that travel between the four main shopping centres: Belconnen, City Centre, Woden and Tuggeranong. These services stop twice along the ANU. Taxis and Uber drivers are also readily available for transport about the nation's capital. 

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What to do in Canberra

The Australian National University is located in the heart of the Canberra, with the city centre being within a 15-minute walk from the ANU. The main shopping complex contains plenty of shops and cafés, and there are no shortage of bars and clubs. On campus, there are numerous cafés and restaurants. Close to the conference venue is Ivy & The Fox, and Boffins Restaurants near University House. There are many restaurants in the city centre as well. 

Mt Stromlo Observatory and the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics is a 20-minute drive from the city centre. Relics from the 2003 bushfires remain and lovely walking tracks around the mountain will reveal the history of the observatory. Visit the Southern Cross café and have a coffee while taking in the views of Canberra and the surrounding Brindabellas. Those feeling more adventures can drive along Cotter rd past Mt Stromlo to visit Canbera's Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) at Tinbinbella. About 45 mins drive from the city, CDSCC is near the Tinbinbilla Nature Reserve, and has open picnic areas and a local vistor's centre and a café. 

A lot of attractions are located throughout the ACT. A non-exhaustive list of attractions include:

For more attractions and other events and information about Canberra, visit the Visit Canberra wesbite.

Note: The ACT has a plastic bag ban. If you require a bag for grocery shopping, supermarkets sell resuable bags from 15c each.

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Accommodation

There are many locations of accommodation in the center of Canberra. We have special arrangements with the following hotels.

University House

We have the following rooms available at University House:

Block code: ASA2017

Contact University House for availability and prices. Book here.

ANU Apartments

We have the following rooms available at ANU Apartments.

Block code: ASA 2017

The rates are as follows: 

Apartment
Type
Rates per night:
6 nights or less
Rates per night:
7 nights or more
Studio $166 $124
One bedroom $188 $141
Two bedroom $229 $171

Contact ANU Apartments here for bookings and availability.

Quest Hotel

We have organised the following revised rates at Quest Hotel:

Quest Code: ANU2017

Apartment type

Rate Per Night

Bedding Configurations

Studio Apartment  $177 Queen
1 Bedroom Apartment $197 Queen
1 Bedroom Executive Apartment $207 Queen

Rooms are subject to availability. Book here.

Hotel Kurrajong Canberra

A boutique, heritage listed hotel in the heart of the Parliamentary Circle, on the National Circuit, Barton. This central position places you close to the current and old Parliament Houses, as well as many other Canberra national archives and galleries. The newly refurbished hotel comprises 147 rooms, 26 of which are heritage listed. Paying homage to the past, with inspiration from today, the team at Chifley's Bar & Grill create a unique experience for diners in a classically elegtan dining room, which extends to a glassed-in terrace overlooking the hotel gardens. The menu features locally foraged and seasonal produce, actively adopting a paddock-to-plate philosophy to ensure freshness and flavour.

Rooms are subject to availability; book here. ASA attendees receive 10% off the hotel's best available rates (applied automatically when you click this link).

Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport

Less than 10 minutes from Canberra's CBD and 50 metres from the airport terminal, you're as connected to the city as you are to the sky at Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport. The hotel features 191 strylish and spacious guest rooms, including 12 First Class rooms and 9 one and two bedroom apartments. Features include a soaring atrium boasting a large reception area, bar, state-of-the-art conference facilities and Helix Bar & Dining, a modern European style bistro, incorporating culinary delights from the Capital region.

Rooms are subject to availability; book here. ASA attendees receive 10% off the hotel's best available rates (applied automatically when you click this link).

Medina Serviced Apartments Canberra James Court

Medina Serviced Apartments Hotel Canberra, James Court, is located in the heart of Canberra, on Northbourne Ave, close to the city centre. This is an ideal location for corporate and convention delegates with convenient access to the National Convention Cetnre, Kingston, the CBD and major landmarks, including Capital Hill and Parliament House. Choose to stay in one of the 98 one or two bedroom apartments and at the end of your day, return to the hotel for a dip in the heated pool or spa, or work out in the gym. Then relax or entertain in your warm and welcoming apartment at Medina Serviced Apartments Hotel Canberra, James Court.

Rooms are subject to availability; book here. ASA attendees receive 10% off the hotel's best available rates (applied automatically when you click this link).

Mercure Canberra

Mercure Canberra is located near the Australian War Memorial in Braddon. It is a 7 minute drive to the ANU campus, and a 10 minute drive from Canberra Airport. We have organised the following revised rates:

Booking code: ANU080717

Apartment typeRate per nightBedding Configurations
Superior Room $170 for Fri/Sat/Sun nights; $200 for Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs nights King or twin

Bookings should be made directly by contacting stay@mercurecanberra.com.au or phoning (02) 6243 0000.

Other Accommodation

Short list of other local accommodation options:

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 Organisation Committees

Local Organisational CommitteeScientific Organisational Committee
Brad Tucker (co-chair)
Helmut Jerjen (co-chair)
David Nicholls
Joao Bento
Anais Moller
Ralph Sutherland
Blair Conn
Cristy Roberts
Marc White (RSAA IT)
Pete Kuzma (RSAA IT)
Chris Nolan (RSAA IT)
Adam Thomas (Student Rep.)
Rajika Kurawita (Student Rep.)
Jenela Mudrinic (RSAA Admin, Finance)



Brad Tucker (RSAA, ANU)
Blair Conn (RSAA, ANU)
Helmut Jerjen (RSAA, ANU)
Michele Trenti (Uni. Melb.)
Anthea King (Uni. Melb.)
Christene Lynch (Uni. Syd.)
Amanda Karakas (Monash)
David Parkinson (UQ)
Minh Huynh (ICRAR)
Caroline Foster (AAO)
Lucyna Chudczer (UNSW)
Orsola De Marco (Macquarie)
Karen Pollard (Canterbury)
Stas Shabala (Uni. Tas.)
Nikole Nielsen (Swinburne)
Bram Slagmolen (RSPE, ANU)

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Contact Information

For general enquires, please contact the LOC: asa2017-loc@mso.anu.edu.au

For scientific enquiries, please contact the SOC: asa2017-soc@mso.anu.edu.au

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Registration options | All dates & times are in AEST; all costs include GST

RegistrationCostOpensCloses
One Day (early)$130.00 March 28, 2017, midnightMay 25, 2017, midnight
ASA Student Member (early)$280.00 March 28, 2017, midnightMay 25, 2017, midnight
Retired ASA Member (early)$280.00 March 28, 2017, midnightMay 25, 2017, midnight
NZ Student (early)$280.00 March 28, 2017, midnightMay 25, 2017, midnight
Two Days (early)$330.00 March 28, 2017, midnightMay 25, 2017, midnight
ASA Full Member (early)$430.00 March 28, 2017, midnightMay 25, 2017, midnight
NZ Astronomer (early)$430.00 March 28, 2017, midnightMay 25, 2017, midnight
Student/Retired Non-Member (early)$430.00 March 28, 2017, midnightMay 25, 2017, midnight
Non-Member (early)$580.00 March 28, 2017, midnightMay 25, 2017, midnight
One Day$130.00 May 25, 2017, midnightJune 17, 2017, midnight
NZ Student$330.00 May 25, 2017, midnightJune 17, 2017, midnight
NZ Astronomer$530.00 May 25, 2017, midnightJune 17, 2017, midnight
Teacher/Educator$460.00 May 25, 2017, midnightJune 17, 2017, 11:59 p.m.
Student/Retired Non-member$430.00 May 25, 2017, midnightJune 25, 2017, midnight
ASA Student Member$330.00 May 25, 2017, midnightJune 30, 2017, midnight
Retired ASA Member$330.00 May 25, 2017, midnightJune 30, 2017, midnight
Two Days$330.00 May 25, 2017, midnightJune 30, 2017, midnight
ASA Full Member$530.00 May 25, 2017, midnightJune 30, 2017, midnight
Non-Member$625.00 May 25, 2017, midnightJune 30, 2017, midnight

To register for this meeting, use our registrations portal.

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When: Fri 14 Jul 2017, 4:00PM - 8:00PM
Where:Griffin Seminar Room
Registration closes June 30, 2017, midnight
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Sponsors

Astronomical Society of Australia's Annual Scientific Meeting is proudly sponsored by the following organizations and companies: