Conferences & Workshops
Canberra is Australia's national capital, affectionately known as "the Bush Capital". Canberra is one of the world's few planned cities, with Parliament House, the High Court, the War Memorial and dozens of Federal buildings set in parkland around Canberra's centrepiece, the lovely Lake Burley Griffin. This year, Canberra celebrates 100 years as the capital of Australia.
Depsite Canberra's reputation for being cold (at least cold by Australian standards), December is a pleasantly warm time of year to visit, with temperatures typically in the mid to high 20s. It's a lovely time to stroll around the lake, admire the Sculpture Garden, pat a cheetah at the National Zoo and Aquarium or tour the local wineries. If it rains, you're spoilt for options with Canberra's many museums and galleries, including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the War Memorial, and of course the National Museum of Australia, who are hosting the conference dinner.
The conference venue at the Ausralian National University is right in the centre of Canberra - called 'Civic' by the locals. Parallel sessions are held in the CBE Building (1), plenaries are held in the Copland Theatre (2) and the Behavioural Microsimulation and LIAM2 training courses are held in the Copland G025 Computer Lab (3). You'll find an abundance of shops, restaurants, bars and nightspots all close to the conference venue. It's also an easy walk to Lake Burley Griffin, to the welcome function at the Rydges (4) and even the National Museum (6) for the conference dinner.
For more information about Canberra, the following sites may be useful: