The 4th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference (ACNC) will be held at Monash University, Melbourne, November 28 - December 1, 2013.
The conference is the official annual meeting of the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS), which is the major organisation dedicated to cognitive neuroscience research in both Australia and New Zealand. The conference program will feature several high profile international keynote speakers from the fields of psychology, developmental cognitive neuroscience, brain neuroscience, genetics, neurology, and psychiatry.
The work to be presented will cover the major methodologies used in human cognitive neuroscience research including MRI, EEG, MEG, TMS and psychophysics.
We encourage poster and oral presentations from any area of cognitive neuroscience.
International Invited Key Note Speakers
Professor Cameron Carter
University of California Davis, USA
Research Interests: Pathophysiological disturbances in cognition in mental disorders such as schizophrenia and OCD; goal of developing more effective therapies which can improve patients' chances of rehabilitation.
Professor, Lynn Robertson
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Attention and perceptual organization in normal and neurological populations. Functional hemisphere asymmetries, neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience
National Invited Key Note Speaker
Professor Jason Mattingley
University of Queensland, Australia
Research Interests: Understanding mechanisms of selective attention, in health and disease, with a particular focus on how attentional processes influence multisensory integration, motor planning, neural plasticity and consciousness.
Thursday 28 November - Opening welcome and cocktail reception
The opening welcome, keynote lecture, and cocktail reception on Thursday 28 November will be held at the Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI), Building 220, 770 Blackburn Rd, Clayton, Monash University. Click here for map. Parking is on site.
Public transport: The MBI is not situated near a railway station, so if you would like to use public transport the closest railway station is Huntingdale station (near Oakleigh). You can take the 601 shuttle bus, which is pre-paid (you must have a ticket prior to boarding - just use your valid zone 1 or zone 2 myki) and runs express from the railway station to Monash University, Clayton campus. The 601 from/to Huntingdale railway station operates every 4 minutes between the hours of 7am and 7pm. The MBI is a short 10 minute walk from the bus stop at the Clayton campus. Note also Metropolitan Bus number 703 travels along Blackburn Road.
Free Shuttle Bus: We will also provide a free Shuttle Bus from Melbourne city centre to Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI) for the opening welcome and cocktail reception, arriving in time for registration and the opening of the conference, and returning to the city after the evening reception. The free shuttle bus is ONLY for delegates that have pre-booked this service during registration for the conference. Please note the following important details:
The timetable for travel is below;
- Pick up 3.45pm Queen Victoria Market, 513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne (point 1)
- Pick up 4pm Federation Square Russell St Extension (point 2)
- Arrive MBI, Monash Clayton 5pm
- Leave MBI, Monash Clayton 9.15pm
- Drop off : Approx 10pm Federation Square Russell St Extension (point 2)
- Drop off: Approx 10.15pm Queen Victoria Market, 513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne (point 1)
The operating company is Crown Coaches
Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December - Main conference
On Friday 29 November through to Sunday 1 December the conference will be held at Monash University, Caulfield Campus, 900 Dandenong Road (Princes Hwy), Caulfield East. Click here for map. Specific venue details are provided on the time-table schedule.
Public transport: Monash University Caulfield campus is opposite the Caulfield railway station and is a very convenient option for delegates.
The conference will begin with the Keynote Lecture and Opening Cocktail Reception on the evening of Thursday November 28, followed by 3 full days of conference program. Each day will be structured with a morning Symposium as a Plenary Session and conclude with a Keynote Lecture in the late afternoon, with sessions for oral and poster presentations in the middle of the day.
Posters should be in portrait orientation. The maximum size is 130cm (height) x 90cm (width), with the standard size of A0 acceptable. Materials for attaching posters will be available at the conference. On the day you have been allocated to present your poster, please ensure that it is put up on the poster board before the morning tea break and taken down at the end of that day. Please find your allocated poster number in the program booklet and position your poster in the corresponding numbered space on the poster board.
Conference Time-table for 2013
|Thursday 28 November||Friday 29 November||Saturday 30 November||Sunday 1 December|
Biomedical Imaging (MBI)
770 Blackburn Road, Clayton
Location: MBI Auditorium
|Venue: Monash University, Caulfield Campus,
900 Dandenong Road (Princes Hwy),
Location: Building K
|Cognitive and Imaging Genetics pre-conference workshop
|Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Symposium
Prof Kim Cornish
Prof Virginia Slaughter
Dr Sarah Whittle
Dr Megan Spencer-Smith
|Perception and Memory Symposium
Prof Gillian Rhodes
Dr Matthew Mundy
A/Prof Olivier Piguet
A/Prof Donna Rose Addis
|Cognitive Control Symposium
Dr Chris Chambers
A/Prof Rob Hester
A/Prof Frini Karayanidis
Dr Allison Fox
|10:30am||Morning Tea||Morning Tea||Morning Tea|
|1:30pm||Advances in Brain Imaging pre-conference workshop
Society – Annual General Meeting
|4:30pm||4.30pm: Keynote: Professor Lynn Robertson||4.30pm: Keynote:
Professor Jason Mattingley
MBI - Foyer
|5.30pm - 6:30pm:
ECR panel discussion
|6:00pm||6pm: Welcome address:
MBI - Auditorium
Keynote: Professor Cameron Carter
|7:00pm||7pm: Opening Cocktail Reception
MBI - Foyer
|7.30pm: Conference Dinner|
Early Career Researchers Panel Discussion
The Early Career Researcher Panel Discussion at the 2013 ACNS conference will be held on Friday 29th November at 5.30-6.30pm. It will be an informal discussion taking the format of a Q&A session, with the aim of encouraging discussion amongst both panel members and audience members alike. Please bring along any relevant questions that you may have for our four successful panel members. Click here for more details.
Click here to Register (via the ACNS membership web page)
There are limited places for the conference dinner on Saturday 30 November. Last day to purchase tickets is Friday, 22 November.
Early bird registration fees
$350 - Full Member Registration (Academics and Research Staff)
$225 - Student Member Registration (Undergraduate or Postgraduate)
Join as a member of the ACNS to get member rates for conference registration. You must be an ACNS member to submit an abstract and present at the conference.
$50 - Full Membership
$20 - Student Membership
Registration includes entry to the evening cocktail reception on the opening night of the conference, catering for morning/afternoon tea and lunch each day of the conference, and publication of accepted abstracts in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
Late Registration fees: apply between 10-20 November; registration after this time will ONLY be made available during 5.00-5.45pm at the registration desk on Thursday 28 November using a dedicated lap top computer to log into ACNS web site to pay registration fees via card. There will be no other registration opportunity on site.
$400 - Full Member Registration (Academics and Research Staff)
$265 - Student Member Registration (Undergraduate or Postgraduate)
We will be awarding prizes for the best student presentations, judged by selected members of the ACNS Society and the ACNC-2013 local organising committee.
- $500 for best PhD/Masters student oral presentations (sponsored by Elekta)
- $500 for best PhD/Masters student poster presentation (sponsored by Elekta)
- $250 each for best Honours student oral and poster presentations (sponsored by the ACNS Society)
- $500 for best PhD/Masters student oral presentation in computational neuroscience (judged by Professor Gary Egan and sponsored by The Victorian Life Sciences Computational Institute, VLSCI)
To be eligible for Student Prizes you must update your Profile information on your ACNS account so that we know who you are and whether you are a PhD/Masters or Honours student. To update your information, just login to your ACNS account and Edit your Profile
The ACNS Society has provided 14 Student Travel Awards to PhD students in Australia and New Zealand to support them to attend the ACNC Conference to present their research. The Student Travel Awards cover registration fees and a ticket to the conference dinner, as well as travel support of up to $600 towards airfares to attend the ACNC Conference in Melbourne. The Travel Awards are funded by the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society and by generous support from Andrew's Airport Parking.
Abstracts for the conference have been peer-reviewed and will be published online in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Note that abstracts will only be published once Conference Registration Fees are paid.
Tours of Monash CAVE2
Available on Thursday, 28 November
Cognitive and Imaging Genetics
Science has long had a fascination for understanding how differences in our genetics might contribute to individual differences in our behaviour and our cognitive ability. In this workshop you will learn about the latest advances in our understanding of the genetic drivers of cognitive and brain function so called cognitive and imaging genetics.
This workshop will include introductory lectures that will ensure a solid grounding in the basic concepts of genetics and genetic association. Thereafter, invited speakers will provide examples of current attempts to link DNA variation to quantitative indices of brain function including neurocognition, electrophysiology, and structural and functional brain measures. The clinical application of cognitive and imaging genetics will be highlighted with examples from both Mendelian (e.g., Huntington's disease) and complex genetic disorders.
VBIC Network Meeting - Advances in Brain Imaging
The Victorian Biomedical Imaging Capability (VBIC) will hold the next VBIC network meeting entitled, "Advances in Brain Imaging", to be held at Monash Biomedical Imaging.
The topics covered will include novel EEG, TMS, MRI and PET imaging techniques and technologies for both human and non-human primate biomedical research. Together with key researchers in the sector, join in the discussions about the newest developments, challenges, and opportunities.
To register your interest in hearing more about the event as details are confirmed, email the VBIC Business Manager, Dr Richard Huysmans (Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Further details to be announced soon.
Other relevant workshops
December 2, 2013, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus.
The day will start with a symposium of brief presentations from MEG studies currently being carried out using the Swinburne and Macquarie University MEG facilities. A technical session will follow morning coffee, with presentations on pre-processing and analysis techniques including a problem solving session. The afternoon will start with a talk on MEG at Macquarie and then move to a hands-on MEG analysis workshop using the very user friendly Brainstorm software (freely available with import of KIT/Yokogawa as well as Elekta TRIUX data…see http://neuroimage.usc.edu/brainstorm/ ).
While computers will be available in the room, registrants are advised to download the software and associated files to their laptop, prior to attending, and bring it along. The workshop will finish around 5:00 with a social hour. The workshop is suitable for all – from raw beginners to those with MEG experience.
Compumedics, in cooperation with the Monash University's Monash Biomedical Imaging is proud to present three educational courses on Methods in Neuroscience. The courses are conducted in conjunction with the 4th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference 2013. Each of the courses are specifically aimed at and tailored to the needs of students, researchers or clinical practitioners. The courses are hands-on, conducted by experts in the field and using the latest multi-modal Neuroimaging solutions. Each of the courses also include a tour of the impressive Australian Synchrotron, the largest stand-alone piece of infrastructure in the southern hemisphere. As part of the educational programme, Compumedics is also pleased to present special guest lectures from Professor Gary Egan, Professor and Foundation director of the Monash Biomedical Imaging and Professor Mark Cook, Chair of Medicine, Professor and Director of Neurology at the St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne.
Diffusion Weighted Imaging: Collection & Analysis of data
The Developmental Imaging Research Group at the Murdoch Children Research Institute will be conducting a workshop on the collection and analysis of diffusion weighted imaging data on Wednesday November 27th. Topics to be covered include optimising acquisition of DW data, pre-processing & data checking, analysis pipelines, tractography methods and structural connectivity measures. This workshop will include a "hands on" tractography workshop. Participant numbers will be limited to 50. To register your interest in hearing more about the event as details are confirmed, please email Dr Marc Seal email@example.com. This workshop will be held on campus at the The Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville. Further details to be announced soon.
Certification in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Course Director: Professor Paul Fitzgerald
26 – 27 November 2013, Melbourne
Presented by MAPrc, Level 4 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
A comprehensive two day certification course in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation including didactic teaching and practical sessions from leading experts in both the clinical and research use of TMS. This unique course is structured to allow you to select the most relevant practical sessions for your needs.
The Melbourne Town Hall
90/120 Swanston Street
cnr of Swanston and Collins street
Melbourne VIC 3000
There are limited places for the conference dinner on Saturday 30 November so book early. Dinner will include canapes on arrival, 2 course meal, and alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks. Dress code: semi formal. Enter through main door on Swanston Street.
Below we provide a number of accommodation choices for you to consider.
Melbourne Connection – Backpackers – 4 share mixed dorm $30 per night
205 King Street, Melbourne
61 3 9642 4464
City Centre Budget Hotel - $86 - 92 per night
22 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
61 3 9654 5401
Jasper Hotel - $159 - $179 –
489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne - adjacent to Queen Vic Market
1800 468 359
Ibis hotel - $169 - near Vic Market
15-21 Therry Street, Melbourne
61 3 9666 0000
Holiday Inn on Flinders - $232.00 per night
575 Flinders Street, Melbourne
61 3 9629 4111
Marriott Melbourne - $251
Corner Exhibition & Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne
61 3 9662 3900
Grand Hyatt - $301.50 pre purchase
123 Collins Street, Melbourne
61 3 9657 1234
|For more information contact
Professor Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis and Professor Kim Cornish
Co-Chairs, ACNC-2013 Organising Committee