26-30 June 1995
7th International Conference of the Conifer Biotechnology Working Group
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
MARK YOUR CALENDARS, PACK UP YOUR SURF BOARD, AND EMPTY THE PIGGY BANKS! THE 7TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE CONIFER BIOTECHNOLOGY WORKING GROUP (CBWG) WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE 26th-30th of JUNE 1995 AT THE GOLD COAST IN EASTERN AUSTRALIA. The Gold C
oast, or Surfers Paradise as the strip of beach where the meeting will take place is known, consists of 42km of golden sand beaches with a lush sub-tropical backdrop. Situated approximately 75km South of Brisbane, it is easy to understand why this piece
of paradise has been considered the suntan capital of the world with its 289 days of sunshine a year and an average winter temperature of 22oC. Invited speakers include Drs. Jenny Aitken Christie, Dave Ellis, Ron Sederoff, Nigel Turvey, Scott Tingey, Jos
eph Varner, and Harold Woolhouse. As always, there will be plenty of time for talking science, socialising, surfing, and exploring the splender of the tropical surroundings. Several field trips are scheduled so that all attendees will have an opportunity
to enjoy the many scenic sites around the area. In addition, to ensure that attendees can see as much of this part of the world as possible, a pre-conference tour to New Zealand is also scheduled.
The format of the meeting will include:
June 20-22 - Pre-conference tour to New Zealand will include visits to the NZ Forest Research Institute, Carter Holt Harvey Forests Ltd, and Tasmin Forestry. Social events, visits to tree improvement facilities, tree nurseries, tissue culture and biotech
nology facilities and a trip through Kiangaroa Forest are a few of the planned activities.
June 25 - informal get-together in the evening
June 26 - optional field trip and 23km walk in Lamington National Park. This park is renowned for its sub-tropical vegetation, beautiful gorges, many waterfalls and abundant wildlife. The walk will skirt the volcanic rim overlooking the Gold Coast and d
rop down into the lush vegetation ending at O'Rielly's, where if time allows participants can enjoy a cold beverage or a tree-top walk. The evening will include a welcome mixer.
June 27 - Morning sessions on genome analysis, afternoon sessions on clonal forestry.
June 28 - Morning sessions on transformation, afternoon an optional field trip to the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary which features huge flocks of brightly colored lorikeets and a chance to see up close virtually all the exotic animals of Australia, lunch is in
cluded, evening sessions on molecular biology.
June 29 - Morning session on designer trees, afternoon sessions on tissue culture automation and related technology, evening the conference dinner.
June 30 - Field trip to visit the heart of the Queensland forest industry, Forest Research Institute in Gympie. Gympie is located two and a half hours north of the Gold Coast and on the trip to Gympie we will pass through Brisbane and the Glass House Mo
untains. At Gympie we will visit a tree nursery, clonal propagation programs, and plantation trials. Principal species include tropical pines and Araucaria. Following this participants not continuing on to Fraser Island will be shuttled back to either
Brisbane or the Gold Coast.
July 1 - July 2 - Optional post-conference trip to the worlds largest sand island, Fraser Island. Participants will take a ferry to the Island, stay in cabins, and the trip includes all meals and accommodations. Fraser island is World Heritage Listed, a
nd features rainforests, lakes, unique flora, and the purest dingoes in Australia, all surrounded by sand beaches.
Air transportation should be scheduled to Brisbane Airport where regular shuttles leave for the Gold Coast. The meeting will be held at the Marriot Surfers Paradise Resort.
Registration of ($360 Australian, $260 students) includes all sessions, conference materials, breakfasts, lunches, mixer, conference dinner , an official meeting T-shirt and the field trip to Gympie.
For more information contact:
Prof. R.D. Teasdale
50 Meiers Rd
Indooroopilly, Qld 4068
Tele - 61-7-870-5888
FAX - 61-7-870-5777