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Announcement: the 15th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference has been postponed (again).

Dear AEIC delegates,

I’m writing to inform you that we will not be holding the AEIC in October as we’d planned. While we’re hopeful most COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted by October, the situation is still unfortunately far too uncertain for us ask you to commit your time and money to an October event. We are therefore pushing back the conference until 2021.

When will the conference be held? Given the ongoing uncertainty about travel and large gatherings, we are currently holding two possible time slots for the AEIC: 15 – 17 February or 28 – 30 June. We will make an announcement confirming which dates we’ll be going ahead with in late August.

Will new abstracts be accepted? Yes. We will open another small call-for-abstracts three months prior to the conference (so December 2020 if we go with the late February date or March 2021 if we go with the June dates).

Can previously submitted abstracts be updated? We acknowledge that things may have changed since you submitted your abstract earlier this year. When the new round opens we will give everyone who has already submitted an abstract the option to revise, confirm, or withdraw their submission.

Are there still student travel grants? Yes. AINSE will support student travel to the conference. As this is partially a need-based grant, we will likely be asking those who have already applied to send in an update on their circumstances before we make any decisions on the applications. Given the long delay in the conference and the tricky job market we all find ourselves in, we are also working to ensure that any applicants who have recently graduated are will remain eligible for support.

Will there be an option to present virtually? It seems it seems increasingly likely that international travel will remain complicated for some time to come, so we are evaluating how best delegates from outside the ‘trans-Tasman bubble’ can participate in the conference.

In closing, I’d like to reiterate my commitment to ensuring that the AEIC remains a primarily ‘in person’ event. Many of us worry about the environmental impact of scientific conferences. But the last few months have shown that simply ‘moving online’ is not a satisfactory solution. The value of conferences in fostering the personal connections and exchange of ideas so integral to the scientific community is clearer to me than ever. So I look forward to hearing about your science (and maybe even discussing the future of scientific conferences) in Ballina next year.

Sincerely,

Naomi Wells

15th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference

RSL Riverside Function Centre, Ballina
26 October – 29 October 2020

The organising committee welcomes delegates to the 15th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference being held at the Riverside Function Centre at the RSL in 2021.

The conference provides a forum for Australasian scientists to meet and discuss advances, applications and integration of stable isotopes in all aspects of the environmental sciences. The guiding principle of the meeting is to encourage presentation, communication and discussion of isotope related research results carried out in academia and industry which address significant environmental or paleoenvironmental questions.

2021 Conference Themes:

  1. Stable isotope ecology (terrestrial, aquatic, marine)
  2. Paleoenvironment and paleoclimate
  3. Hydrology & Hydrogeology
  4. Frontiers and advances in isotope techniques
  5. Global change science
  6. Authenticity, traceability, and provenancing
  7. Tracking contaminants
  8. Museum & heritage research
  9. Soil science

Registration

The registration fee includes:

  • Conference sessions for three days
  • Lunch during the conference
  • Welcome reception
  • Conference Dinner at the Lighthouse Beach Café

Registration Prices:

Day Registration – $295
Early Registration – $600
Full Registration – $690
Student Registration – $305

Abstract Submission

Please follow the guidelines below in preparing your abstract.

  • Write an abstract. The main body should be up to 350 words. Include a descriptive title (≤ 20 words) and the authors’ names and affiliations. For submission your abstract must be in Word.
  • Select the primary and secondary theme your abstract is aligned with:
  1. Stable isotope ecology (terrestrial, aquatic, marine)
  2. Paleoenvironment and paleoclimate
  3. Hydrology & Hydrogeology
  4. Frontiers and advances in isotope techniques
  5. Global change science
  6. Authenticity, traceability, and provenancing
  7. Tracking contaminants
  8. Museum & heritage research
  9. Soil science
  • Select whether you prefer an oral or poster presentation. Note that the final decision will be with the conference committee.
  • Indicate whether the presenting author is a student.
  • Submit your abstract.

Abstract Queries

If you have any questions about the content of proposed presentations, please email the program committee at aeic2020.abstracts@gmail.com.

If you have any issues when submitting your abstract, please email mail@conferencedesign.com.au.

Student Travel Scholarships

AINSE is sponsoring travel grants for undergraduate and postgraduate students to attend the conference.

Click here to download the student travel grant form.

Travel Grant

Click here to download the student travel grant form.

Questions

Sponsorship

For sponsorship, please contact the Conference Convenor, Naomi Wells, Naomi.Wells@scu.edu.au.

Registration & Abstract Submission

For registration and abstract submission enquiries, please contact the team at Conference Design, mail@conferencedesign.com.au.

Abstract Queries

If you have any questions about the content of proposed presentations, please email the program committee at aeic2020.abstracts@gmail.com.

Organising Committee

  • Naomi Wells
    Southern Cross University
  • A/Prof Damien Maher
    Southern Cross University
  • Dr Joanne Oakes
    Southern Cross University
  • Karyne Rogers
    GNS Science
  • Greg Skrzypek
    UWA
  • Luitgard Schwendenmann
    Auckland University

Ballina, The Venue, Accommodation 

For information about getting to Ballina, the venue and nearby hotels click here.

Hosted By

Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry at Southern Cross University

Program Overview

Day 1

Conference Opening
Sessions

Day 2

Sessions
Conference Dinner

Day 3

Sessions
Conference Close

Day 4

Post-Conference Workshop

Workshops

Following the conference there will be a workshop on ‘‘Isotope integration and insight from mountains to sea” at Southern Cross University in Lismore (transportation to and from Ballina provided). The workshop is organised by Troy Baisden (University of Waikato).

Tours of the Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry and GeoScience will also be available during the workshop.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Renaud Joannes-Boyau (SCU)

Reconstructing environments of early human evolution
https://www.garg.org.au/dr-renaud-joannesboyau

Dr Dirk Erler (SCU)

Past and present nitrogen cycling in the Great Barrier Reef
https://www.scu.edu.au/centre-for-coastal-biogeochemistry/people/dr-dirk-erler/

Dr Cath Hughes (ANSTO)

Precipitation monitoring from the local to the continental scale
https://www.ansto.gov.au/people/dr-catherine-hughes

Dr Mahdiyeh Salman Zadeh (University of Waikato)

Using heavy metal isotopes in terrestrial environments
https://www.waikato.ac.nz/staff-profiles/people/msalmanz

Prof Nerilie Abram (ANU)

Paleoclimate reconstruction, ice cores
http://rses.anu.edu.au/people/academics/professor-nerilie-abram 

Dr Karyne Rogers (GNS)

Provenancing for food security and museum heritage
https://www.gns.cri.nz/who/staff/1156.html 

Sponsors

The committee acknowledges the support of the following sponsors. Please see the sponsorship options below if your organisation wishes to support the conference; conference sponsors will be recognised as keen and vital supporters of the field.

Partner Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

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Sponsorship

You are invited to participate in 15th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference as a sponsor and/or exhibitor. Over 100 attendees are expected to attend the Conference, with a mix of established world experts, early and mid-career researchers and students.

The 15th iteration of the AEIC will be held in 2021 in the Ballina Riverside Function Centre, near Byron Bay, NSW, Australia. The conference follows successful editions at GNS Science in Wellington, New Zealand (2018) and ANSTO in Sydney, Australia (2016), and their 11 predecessors.

Your participation and support of the conference is greatly valued by the isotope science community ‘down under’. We hope to see you in Ballina next year. Sponsorship options are described below.

Please contact the Conference Convenor, Naomi Wells Naomi.Wells@scu.edu.au, for questions about sponsorship and to confirm your participation.

Partner AUD$4,000

Benefits to Sponsor

  • Logo and acknowledgement as a Partner on all conference materials including print, PDFs and broadcast emails
  • Verbal acknowledgement as a Partner in the opening session
  • Two full registrations, including social functions
  • Exhibition space (total area 3m wide x 2m deep)
  • Logo in the program
  • Logo displayed on conference sponsors slide
  • Logo & hyperlink on the conference website
  • 200-word profile on the symposium website

Student Ambassador Sponsor AUD$3,500 – EXCLUSIVE

This will sponsor two or three (depending on travel costs) talented undergraduate students from regional universities to participate in the conference, including presenting posters of their relevant research projects and co-chairing sessions.

Benefits to Sponsor

  • Verbal acknowledgement as a Student Ambassador Sponsor at the commencement the conference
  • One free standing banner in the room
  • Logo printed with the named student ambassadors in the delegate list
  • Logo & hyperlink displayed on the conference website

Exhibitor (Gold) AUD$3,000

Benefits to Sponsor

  • Logo and acknowledgement as an Exhibitor on all conference material including print, PDFs and broadcast emails
  • Two full registrations to the conference, including the social functions
  • Exhibition space (total area 3m wide x 2m deep)
  • Listing in the program
  • Logo displayed on a conference sponsors slide
  • Logo & hyperlink on the conference website
  • 200-word profile on the conference website

Exhibitor (Standard) AUD$2,000

Benefits to Sponsor

  • Logo and acknowledgement as an Exhibitor on all conference material including print, PDFs and broadcast emails
  • One full registration to the conference, including the social functions
  • Exhibition space (total area 3m wide x 2m deep)
  • Listing in the program
  • Logo displayed on a conference sponsors slide
  • Logo & hyperlink on the conference website
  • 200-word profile on the conference website

Student Awards Sponsor AUD$1,000 – EXCLUSIVE

This will sponsor cash prizes for the Best Student Speaker and Best Student Poster awards, which will be voted on by the organising committee.

Benefits to Sponsor

  • Verbal acknowledgement as a Student Awards Sponsor at awards ceremony (conference close)
  • Opportunity to present the awards
  • One free standing banner in the room
  • Logo printed in the program
  • Logo & hyperlink displayed on the symposium website

Other advertising opportunities

The following advertising options are available to reinforce other sponsorship packages or as individual items. For example, an advertisement in the pocket program is a fantastic way to get additional exposure, promote your exhibition stand location and keep your name in front of delegates during the symposium.

Opportunities

  • PDF program advert (A6 page colour) Sponsor/Exhibitor $500
  • Holding Slide Advert (1 x 16.9 slide) Non Sponsor/Exhibitor $1,000
  • Holding Slide Advert (1 x 16.9 slide) Exhibitor $500
  • Web ad with hotlink (150×150 tile) $400

In the interest of minimising our environmental footprint, AEIC2020 is aiming to avoid unnecessary inserts. We will only be accepting ‘useful’ branded collateral such as pads and pens, memory sticks, etc. Existing sponsors are invited to supply these items for delegates at no additional charge. Non-Sponsors can purchase this option for $1,000 per item in addition to supplying the collateral.

  • Note Pads: Existing Sponsor to supply approximately 300 branded pads, $in-kind
  • Pens: Existing Sponsor to supply approximately 300 branded pens, $in-kind

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