Diverse Pathways, Wide Horizons


The Organising Committee warmly invites you to GSA/NZSBMB 2017 at Dunedin’s University of Otago. Being home to New Zealand’s deepest and most diverse concentration of genetics research, as well as fantastic biochemistry and molecular biology research, we are uniting the GSA and NZSBMB for a superb multi-disciplinary conference.

Has there been a more exciting time for genetics research and cross-pollination with other fields? GSA/NZSBMB 2017 will look to the horizons of an unrivalled range of genetic and genomic fields, including ancient DNA, agriculture, bioethics, bioinformatics, conservation, ecology, evolution, human, molecular biology, model organisms, and teaching.

Many paths will meet and we are sure new ones will open up throughout our rich line up of plenary sessions, symposia, and poster sessions.

You can also gain inspiration from the rare and abundant wildlife on Dunedin's world renowned Otago Peninsula, just a few minutes’ drive from the conference, and then relax by a roaring fire in the atmospheric ballroom of the historic Larnach's Castle sitting majestically above the Otago Harbour. Or stroll into town to enjoy the culture and warm atmosphere of the “Edinburgh of the South’. 


Adventure and discovery await you at GSA/NZSBMB 2017 – we look forward to hosting you!


GSA/NZSBMB 2017 Conference Committee












Jacqueline Batley

Associate Professor - School of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia

Prof Jacqueline Batley is an ARC Future Fellow at the University of Western Australia. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Bristol UK in 2001. She moved to Australia in 2002, as a senior research scientist at DPI-Victoria, then led a  research group at the University of Queensland as an ARC QEII Research Fellow, from 2007-2014. Jacqui has received several awards for her research including a University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award, an ARC QEII Fellowship and an ARC Future Fellowship. Jacqueline has expertise in the field of plant molecular biology, genetics and genomics, gained from working in both industry and academia. Her areas of interest include genetic and genomic analysis and specifically, genome sequence analysis, pan genomics, SNP analysis and the role of structural variation for applications such as genetic diversity, genetic mapping, LD, GWAS, evolutionary, population and comparative genomic studies, as well as the molecular characterisation of agronomic traits. She is currently focussing on blackleg resistance in Brassicas.

Hugo Bellen

HHMI Investigator and Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Hugo Bellen, D.V.M., Ph.D, is a Howard Hughes Investigator and Distinguished Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston,Texas.  His group has made major contributions to our understanding of nervous system development, mechanisms of neurodegeneration, and has developed numerous tools and reagents for the Drosophila research community worldwide.  Professor Bellen uses fruit flies to examine the normal function of genes implicated in neurodegeneration.  He is the Principle Investigator of the Model Organisms Screening Center (MOSC) for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) of the National Institutes of Health in the USA.  The goal of the MOSC is to determine which human variants associated with specific human disease are pathogenic using fruit flies and zebrafish.  His lab has discovered more than five new human diseases in the past two years, and his lab members are elucidating the pathogenic mechanisms for Friedreich ataxia, Alzheimer Disease, Parkinson Disease, and several other neurodegenerative diseases.  Professor Bellen's research demonstrates the benefits to human health that can emerge from studies in model organisms.  He not only uses flies in his research, he also loves fly fishing and is fond of Australia and New Zealand. 



Antony Dean

Professor College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota, USA

Tony obtained his PhD in 1987 from Washington University in St Louis studying the fitness effects of new amino acid replacements in the beta-galactosidase of E. coli under the supervision of Dan Hartl. He completed his postdoctoral training at the University of California at Berkeley working on regulatory phosphorylation of isocitrate dehydrogenase in the laboratory of Dan Koshland. In 1991 he became an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the Chicago Medical School where he continued pursued work on protein engineering and the metabolic basis of natural selection. He moved to the BioTechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota in 1999 where he continues his interests in protein structure, function and evolution.

Tom Gilbert

Professor, Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark

Tom has a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford, after which he did his D.Phil under Alan Cooper’s supervision. During this time he was first exposed to not only the power, but also limitations, of using genetic data in ecological, evolutionary, anthropological and archaeological questions, the latter in particular shaping his later research. He then spent two years at the University of Arizona with Mike Worobey, during which he helped apply his aDNA expertise to tackling questions relating to the origin of the HIV-1 epidemic. He subsequently moved to the University of Copenhagen, where he is currently Professor of Palaeogenomics and Head of the Natural History Museum’s research department for Evolutionary Genomics. Today his groups’s research remains broad, but in general synthesises modern and ancient genomic-scale datasets, across topics spanning both basic and applied questions

Rebecca Johnson

Director, Australian Museum Research Institute, Australia

Dr Johnson is Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute, a Wildlife Forensic Scientist, a conservation geneticist and co-chief investigator of the Koala Genome Consortium. As Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute she leads the 100+ staff working in science and education work of the Australian Museum.

 She has an honours degree from the University of Sydney and PhD from La Trobe University Melbourne in the field of molecular evolutionary genetics and has worked as a molecular geneticist, in Australia and the USA before joining the museum in 2003. Since then she has established the Museum as one of the global leaders in the field of wildlife forensics and conservation genomics through the ISO17025 accreditation of the Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics facilities (one of the only fully accredited wildlife forensics laboratories in the Australasian region)

Elinor Karlsson

Assistant Professor Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA

Elinor Karlsson is an assistant professor in bioinformatics and integrative biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is also the director of the Vertebrate Genomics Group at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Her research focuses on using our own evolutionary history to understand how the genome works, and how that knowledge can lead to advances in healthcare. She has a special interest in diseases shared between humans and dogs. She recently launched the citizen science-driven Darwin’s Dogs project, which invites all dog owners to participate directly in research exploring the genetic basis of dog behavior, as well as diseases such as OCD and cancer. Her current projects also include the 200 Mammals Genome Project, an international effort to compare hundreds of different mammalian genomes and identify critically important segments of DNA, and the evolution of resistance to ancient infectious diseases, like cholera, in people. Elinor received her B.A. in biochemistry, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, from Rice University, and her Ph.D. in bioinformatics from Boston University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University before starting her own research group in 2014.


Jemma Geoghegan

Alan Wilton Award Winner

Macquaire University, Australia

Jaime Gongora

Katherine Harrisson

D.G. Catcheside Prize Winner

La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia


Schedule with Abstracts

Keynote: Rebecca Johnson

8:30AM - 9:15AM
Chair: Katherine Belov

Maximising genetic diversity in captive breeding for translocation programmes: a conservation genomics approach - Tammy Steeves

9:20AM - 9:45AM
Chair: Katherine Belov

Morning Tea

9:45AM - 10:15AM

Anna Santure

10:15AM - 10:35AM
Chair: Coral Warr

Justin O'Sullivan

10:35AM - 10:55AM
Chair: Coral Warr

Louise Bicknell

10:55AM - 11:15AM
Chair: Coral Warr

Keynote: Jacqui Batley

11:20AM - 12:05PM
Chair: Jeanne Jacobs


12:05PM - 1:00PM

Genetics Society of AustralAsia Annual General Meeting

12:05PM - 12:55PM

Evolution and Development 1: Coral Warr

1:00PM - 1:20PM
Chair: Peter Dearden

Conservation/Ecology: Phil Lester

1:00PM - 1:20PM
Chair: Jonathan Waters

Evolution and Development 1: Concurrent Sessions

2:20PM - 2:50PM
Chair: Peter Dearden

Conservation/Ecology: Concurrent Session

2:20PM - 2:50PM
Chair: Jonathan Waters

Afternoon Tea

2:50PM - 3:15PM

Biochem and Evolution: Colin Jackson

3:15PM - 3:45PM
Chair: Monica Gerth

Med Genetics: Stephen Robertson

3:15PM - 3:35PM
Chair: Louise Bicknell

Biochem and Evolution: Austen Ganley

3:45PM - 4:05PM
Chair: Monica Gerth

Biochem and Evolution: Concurrent Sessions

4:05PM - 5:05PM
Chair: Monica Gerth

Med-Genetic: Concurrent Sessions

3:35PM - 4:50PM
Chair: Louise Bicknell

Evo Devo 2: Concurrent Sessions

3:15PM - 4:00PM
Chair: Peter Dearden

Ecology Concurrent Sessions

4:05PM - 5:20PM
Chair: Anna Santure

Poster Session 2

5:00PM - 6:30PM

Art & Genetics Exhibition Opening

6:10PM - 6:50PM

Conference Dinner (optional)

7:00PM - 10:30PM

Workshops & Seminars


Conservation Genetics: New Tools to Preserve Our Unique Wildlife

Sunday 2 July 2017 

2.45 pm - 4.30 pm 

Orokonui Ecosanctury, 600 Blueskin Road, Dunedin

Chair:  Alison Ballance, Radio New Zealand


Helen Taylor, University of Otago 
Michael Knapp, University of Otago
Anna Santure, University of Otago
Lee Ann Rollins, Deakin University

How can genetic tools help protect and restore Aotearoa’s unique biodiversity? What are the success stories and exciting new techniques? Who are the scientists behind this fascinating area of conservation?

Hear about the exciting science and latest discoveries from a group of emerging conservation genetics experts from New Zealand and Australia, in this friendly panel conversation chaired by RNZ’s Alison Ballance.

Orokonui Ecosanctuary is home to fascinating and rare wildlife in beautiful native forest. As an accessible and successful biodiversity project, it is an ideal location to hear a new generation of researchers give their thoughts on how conservation genetics can help us to understand, preserve and restore biodiversity.

This free public event has limited spaces and delegates can add this to their registration by going back into their Currinda Profile.


Bioinformatics Workshop A:

Introduction to R and R Shiny (2hr 45m) SOLD OUT

(presented by The Bioinformatics Institute - University of Auckland)

Monday 3 July 2017 

2.00 pm - 5.15 pm

St David Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, St David Street

(free of charge - limited spaces, booking via online registration essential)

With just a little guidance, you can wield the power and expressivity of R to make awesome paper-ready images for scientific publication, AND turn your analyses into elegant interactive web applications without requiring HTML, CSS, or JavaScript knowledge.

Who should attend? What equipment do I need?

  • No prior coding knowledge required.  Knowledge of unix and basic command-line text editors is a plus.
  • Please bring your own laptop, as this is a hands-on workshop.  If you do not have a laptop, we will try to pair you up with someone who does.

More information on this workshop is available on the BioInfo Workshops Guide (pdf)



Bioinformatics Workshop B: 

Best Practice in RNASWQ (1 hr) SOLD OUT

(presented by The Bioinformatics Institute - University of Auckland)

Wednesday 5 July 2017

2.00 pm - 3.00 pm

St David Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, St David Street

(free of charge - limited spaces, booking via online registration essential)

Want to design, analyse and visualise RNA-seq experiments? Wish you knew how to solve bioinformatics issues when manipulating large datasets?

Who should attend? What equipment do I need?

  • The course has been adapted to the needs of beginners in the field of NGS bioinformatics and allows scientists with no or little background in computer science to get a first hands-on experience in this new and fast evolving research topic.
  • No laptop necessary.

 More information on this workshop is available on the BioInfo Workshops Guide (pdf)

Bioinformatics Workshop C:

Best Practice in Metagenomics (1 hr) SOLD OUT

(presented by The Bioinformatics Institute - University of Auckland)

Wednesday 5 July 2017

3.15 pm - 4.15 pm

St David Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, St David Street

(free of charge - limited spaces, booking via online registration essential)

Novice observing the incredible world of metagenomics with excitement, but not sure where to start? Meet the experts and get an overview of metagenomics tools and approaches.

Who should attend? What equipment do I need?

  • This course is designed to be understood by novice scientists with no or little background in computer science as a way to get a basic knowledge in this incredible field of novel discoveries.
  • No laptop necessary.

More information on this workshop is available on the BioInfo Workshops Guide (pdf)

Seminar: Virtual Institute of Statistical Genetics

Genotype by Environment Data:

pedigree and genomic selection analysis using ASReml-R

(presented by Prof Brian Cullis & Dr Alison Smith Centre for Bioinformatics and Biometrics, University of Wollongong)

Thursday 6 July 2017

1.00 pm - 3.30 pm

St David Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, St David Street

(free of charge - limited spaces - also open to the public, bookings via external Genetics Otago Booking System):

Book Here

This seminar will use several data-sets to demonstrate the methods outlined in two papers:


Genomic selection and genomic estimated breeding values in genotype by environment data: a proof of concept for Radiata Pine Breeding Company.Brian Cullis, Alison Smith and Paul Jefferson. 

Selection tools built on factor analytic models for genotype by environment data. Alison Smith and Brian Cullis.  

The seminar will also work through the ASReml-R syntax for model fitting and the R code for summarising results.


Social Events

Welcome Function

St David Lecture Theatre Complex Foyer

Sunday 2 July 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm

The University of Otago and Local Committee welcome you to Dunedin.  A Mihi Whakatau (traditional welcome) will take place in the Foyer Area - please ensure that you arrive by 5.20 pm.  Drinks (delegates will receive a drink voucher and there will also be a cash bar) and canapes will be served in the Foyer from 5.30 pm Dress: Smart Casual



Art & Genetics Exhibition Opening

HD Skinner Annex, 361 Great King Street (located 1 minute walk from the Otago Museum)

Tuesday 4 July 6.10 pm - 6.50 pm

Wine and canapes will be served during the opening of this exhibition.  Dress: Smart Casual.  Ticket required (free of charge).

Conference Dinner 

Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street

Tuesday 4 July 7.00 pm - 10.30 pm

Enjoy a pleasant evening with colleagues old and new.  Three course meal and wine on tables provided  A cash/eftpos bar will be available.  Dress: Smart Casual.  Ticket required ($125 or $90 student)

You want to do that in public??? Young Sci-Com Lunch

St David Lecture Theatre Complex Upstairs 1st Floor Foyer - Registration required (to indicate no's).

Wednesday 5 July 12.05 pm - 12.55 pm

Media and technology is evolving so quickly that making exciting science communication seems both temptingly possible and impossibly scary.  Where do you start?  Come and have lunch while meeting and listening to people who have taken their first steps, dived in, survived and created some fantastic stuff about science - in public?

Confirmed Speakers

Jack Scanlan, PhD Candidate, Melbourne University, Editor-in-Chief, Lateral Magazine, 

Jean Balchin, English Literature Honours student, University of Otago, author of

A History of NZ Science in 25 Objects

Ellen Rykers, Master of Science Communication Student, University of Otago, freelance writer and science communicator.

Jesse Bering, Assoc. Professor, Centre for Science Communication, University of Otago


Royal Albatross / Fort Taiaroa / Larnach Castle Tour

Includes Guided 'Unique' Tour Albatross Colony and Taiaroa Fort (1.5 hours), 1 hour guided tour of Larnach Castle.  Delegates may bring their own lunch or purchase at Larnach Castle, includes return bus transport. Read more here:

Royal Albatross Centre  Fort Taiaroa  Larnach Castle

Sunday 2 July 2017

Depart 11.30 am St David Lecture Theatre Complex

return by 5.30 pm


Cost:  NZ$105.00 

Orokonui Ecosanctuary Tour

Includes guided tour, return bus transport. Read more here:



Sunday 2 July 2017

Depart 1.00 pm St David Lecture Theatre Complex

Return by 5pm (includes a Special Session: Conservation Genetics)

Option for return transport only NZ$20 

Cost: NZ$50.00

The Emerson Brewing Company Tour

Includes one hour brewing tour including tastings.

70 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin, own transport. 

Sunday 2 July 2017

12.15 pm - 1.30 pm 

Thursday 6 July 2017

10.15 am - 11.30 am

Cost: NZ$25.00


Bookings for tours are made via Online Registration

Anatomy Museum 

The Anatomy holds a large collection of anatomical specimens and models, many of which are unique in Oceania. Some models date back to the late 1800s (porcelain models by Steger and wax models by Ziegler). 

Lindo Fergusson Building, Great King Street (opposite main entrance to Dunedin Hospital) - Curator to meet delegates outside the building for a briefing before entry. Read more here: Anatomy Museum

Sunday 2 July 2017

12.50 pm - 2.00 pm

Thursday 6 July 2017

12.50 pm - 2.00 pm

Cost: Admission Free

Dunedin is the only destination in NZ that provides cultural riches and architectural heritage, complemented by a natural environment and rare wildlife all within an easy drive from central Dunedin. 

Recently named New Zealand’s Most Beautiful City, Dunedin is a landscape of striking intensity with many stunning beaches and dramatic cliffs. Exquisite examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture punctuate a compact cityscape with a vibrant culture reflected in an eclectic array of kerbside cafés, antiques stores and boutique fashion outlets.

We hope that you will take advantage of the pre and post conference tours planned - more details will be announced when registration opens 20th February.

For more information on Dunedin go the Tourism Dunedin Website






Member (GSA and/or NZSBMB)

Joining GSA Member
(includes 1 Yr membership)

Joining NZSBMB Member
(includes 1 Yr membership)

Full time Student
(members & non-member rate)


Conference Dinner

Larnach/Albatross/Fort Taiaroa Tour

Emerson Brewery Tour

Orokonui Ecosanctuary Tour & Transport

Orokonui Ecosanctuary Transport only





Earlybird (paid by 22 May 2017)















Standard (paid from 23 May 2017)



















Trade Exhibition



Booth 1



Booth 2




Booth 3

pH Scientific   Merck


Booth 5

Custom Science



Booth 6




St David Lecture Theatre Complex

Located in the heart of the University of Otago, the St David Lecture Theatre Complex, Dunedin, New Zealand will host Annual Conference of the Genetics Society of Australasia with the NZ Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.



Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge

Special Delegate Rate valid until 1 April (or until sold):

Standard Twin (2 x double or queen bed) NZ$135 room rate per night. Book directly by emailing Reservations quoting ref:  GEN2017

Standard room charges will apply from 2 April.  Please see the Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge website for more information including cancellation policy.

Commodore Motels & Apartments

Special Delegate Rate valid until 1 April (or until sold):

Studio (King or Queen Bed) NZ$135 room rate per night.
Book directly by emailing Reservations quoting ref:  GEN2017

Standard room charges will apply from 2 April.  Please see the Commodore Motel website for more information including cancellation policy.


Aurora on George

Special Delegate Rate valid until 1 April (or until sold):

Executive Studio (King) NZ$145/NZ$155 (2 people) room rate per night.

Luxury Studio (Super King) NZ$165/NZ$175 (2 people).

Deluxe 1 Bdrm (Super King) NZ$170/NZ$180 (2 People).

Premier 2 Bdrm (2 x Super King) NZ$200/NZ$210 (2 People).

Book directly by emailing Reservations quoting ref:  GEN2017

Standard room charges will apply from 2 April.  Please see the Aurora on George Website for more information including cancellation policy.

Alhambra Oaks

Special Delegate Rate valid until 1 April (or until sold):

Small Studio (Queen) NZ$135

Large Studio (Queen or King) NZ$145

Superior (Super King) NZ$155

Family Apartment (Queen + separate room 2 x singles) NZ$200 

Book directly by emailing Alhambra Oaks quoting ref GEN2017.  Please see the Alhambra Oaks Website for more information including cancellation policy.

Presenter Information

Oral Presentations

Oral Presentations will be allocated 10 minutes presentation time with additional 5 minutes for Q&A (total 15 minutes). Presenters are advised to include sufficient time within the 15 minutes for questions and discussion from the audience. Keynote and Invited Speakers have different speaking times - refer to the programme. Please note that the main conference room has a screen resolution of 1280x720 (16:9) and Room 1 & 2 both have a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 (4:3).  Presenters should send their powerpoint files in advance of the conference to the Conference Organiser (subject line:  GEN2017 Presentation). Powerpoint file should be named Surname_Room_Day  (eg; Smith_MCR_Monday) refer to the programme for the room:  eg; MRC = Main Conference Room Rm1 = Room 1, Rm2 = Room 2.


Audiovisual Equipment

Each lecture room will be equipped for the presentation of Power Point slides and include a data projector, computer (with external speakers), lectern and microphone. Multimedia clips should be embedded in your slides. Other audiovisual aids, such as Overhead Projectors, are not available.

Presenters will take their Power Point slides and associated media files to the conference on a memory stick, where an audiovisual technician will load the presentation. All slides will be run from a central presentation computer. However, if you have a complex presentation, which includes multiple media files, we suggest you bring your own laptop as a backup in case of difficulties loading your presentation.

Download Abstract Guidelines (PDF)


Poster Guidelines

Poster Session 1: Monday 3 July 5.00 pm – 6.45 pm

Poster Session 2: Tuesday 4 July 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm

The GSA and NZSBMB will award prizes to student posters. Students should be with their posters during the poster sessions when judges will view their posters.  

Judges will view NZSBMB student posters during the Monday poster session. 

Judges will view the GSA student posters in two rounds, over the Monday and Tuesday poster sessions. 


Student Poster Awards

There will be student poster prizes awarded by the GSA and the NZSBMB, as judged be a panel of judges who will view the posters during the poster sessions.

To be eligible for the student poster prizes, authors must be in attendance to engage with the judges. Students will be advised of approximately when the judges will view their posters so that the students will know when to stand by their poster.

Students will have up to 3 minutes to talk to the judges.


Poster Size

The posters will be displayed on room divider/poster display boards with one side of each divider dedicated for a single poster.

Posters should take up no more than a 120cm wide by 180cm high area.

In practice most posters are best kept to an A0 poster size of approximately 120cm by 84cm (in either orientation).

See the Downloadable Guidelines (pdf) for some hints on poster preparation, should you need them.


Hanging and Removing Posters

The poster boards are velcro receptive and you are required to provide your own Velcro (the loop side) which must be fixed to the back of the poster. Please apply this generously and make sure this is done at least a day prior to the event. To ensure that your poster remains in place on the poster board, please roll your poster with the print side on the inside.  

The posters will be set up on the ground floor and the first floor of the St David Lecture Theatre.

Ensure that you have put your poster up before morning tea on Monday.

To find out where to put your poster, find your poster number (the same number as your abstract number) in the Conference Handbook (there will also be a printed guide in the poster display area) and match it to the number on the poster map.

Poster tubes can be passed to the Registration Desk for storage if they are clearly named.

The posters will be on display for the duration of the conference. Poster authors must remove their posters at the conclusion of the event.

Please note that it is the poster author’s responsibility to collect their poster – no responsibility will be taken for any posters left at the venue following the conclusion of the event.

Please contact the Conference Organiser sally@events4you.co.nz if you have any questions.





Assoc Prof Michael Black
Department of Biochemistry
University of Otago


Dr Monica Gerth (NZSBMB)
Department of Biochemistry
University of Otago 


Dr Wayne Patrick (NZSBMB)
Department of Biochemistry
University of Otago


Dr Anna Santure
School of Biological Science,
University of Auckland


Prof Jonathan Waters
Department of Zoology 
University of Otago

Prof Peter Dearden
Department of Biochemistry
University of Otago


Assoc Prof Christine Jasoni
Department of Anatomy
University of Otago


Prof Stephen Robertson
Clinical Genetics Group
University of Otago


Prof Hamish Spencer
Department of Zoology
University of Otago


Dr Megan Wilson
Department of Anatomy 
University of Otago

Prof Neil Gemmell
Department of Anatomy
University of Otago


Prof Lisa Matisoo-Smith
Department of Anatomy
University of Otago


Prof Clive Ronson
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Otago


David Turner
Department of Biochemistry
University of Otago


Terms & Conditions


The Conference is open to everyone.  Partners may attend the welcome function and conference dinner (partner tickets are available on the registration form).



All fees are in New Zealand Dollars.  Payment will be accepted by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only), direct credit or cheque (must be made out in NZ $).  The earlybird fee will cease to apply from 2 May 2017 – any unpaid registrations at that time will revert to the full registration fee.


Cancellation Policy

Any cancellations or alterations should be put in writing (email) to the Conference Organiser.  



If cancellation of registration is received in writing on or before 1 June 2017 – registration fees less NZ$70 administration fee will be refunded.  From 2 June 2017- no refund of monies paid.  



Accommodation is booked directly with the hotel via the Accommodation Page.  The attendee should note the cancellation policy for the chosen hotel/motel when making the direct booking.  It is the attendees responsibility to notify the hotel directly of any changes to their booking.



Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind.  It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice.  The Annual Conference of the Genetics Society of Australasia with the NZ Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Conference Secretariat cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance.


Disclaimer of Liability

The Organising Committee, including the The Annual Conference of the Genetics Society of Australasia with the NZ Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Conference Secretariat, will not accept liability for damages of any nature sustained by attendees or loss of or damage to their personal property as a result of the conference or related events. If for any reasons beyond the control of the organising committee, the conference is cancelled, registration fees will be refunded after deduction of expenses.