Microbiologists get a taste of Tassie

Australian Society for Microbiology Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM)

It’s not only the big conferences that make themselves at home at HCEC.

In July 2017, we welcomed 400 of Australasia’s leading microbiologists to Hobart for 4 days of learning, sharing and networking. This was the Australian Society for Microbiology Annual Scientific Meeting’s first visit to Hobart and they sure weren’t disappointed with their stay.

With an intensive conference program meaning long days for delegates with limited downtime, HCEC was the perfect choice for the ASM.  With 244 accommodation rooms’ onsite at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart and multiple overflow options in close proximity; the delegates wasted no time travelling between venues.

The program featured 4 breakout streams, 17 trade booths and over 100 posters which were presented over a 3-day schedule.  A public lecture on the first-day kick-started the proceedings and set the tone for the next 3 days.

Wanting to incorporate as much of Tasmania into the event as possible, ASM kicked off with a ‘Meet the Maker’ style welcome reception featuring Franks Cider, Tassal Salmon and Grandvewe Cheeses (Sheep’s Whey Vodka anyone?).

An informal closing dinner also held onsite at HCEC allowed delegates to celebrate the success of the conference and enjoy some more amazing Tasmanian produce.

The Facts:

  • Theme: Planetary Health
  • 4 Days / 400 delegates
  • 4 Breakouts
  • 17 Trade Exhibitors / 100 poster presentation – Federation Ballroom HCEC
  • 3 main social functions

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