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Scientific & Social Program

Scientific Program

The conference program schedule can be downloaded here.

The conference handbook can be downloaded here.

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Social Program

There are opportunities for attendees to engage in a wide variety of social events in and near Sydney. All are optional and some have a cost that should be paid at the time of registration.

The Opening Celebration

At the Coogee Bay Hotel Seaview room opposite beautiful Coogee Beach
Tuesday 19 July 2016 at 4.30pm (free to registered delegates)

All delegates are invited to attend the opening celebration at the Coogee Bay Hotel. Catch up with your old and new ISRA friends at this informal welcome, opposite beautiful Coogee Beach. Canapes will be served and there will be an open bar to purchase drinks. People will also be able to register for the conference here.

Restaurant night

Make new friends who also chose your preferred cuisine.
Wednesday 20 July 2016 at various Sydney restaurants

Pioneered successfully by Mike Potegal and his team at ISRA in Minneapolis, this night will allow delegates to choose a preferred cuisine at the time they register for the Meeting. The choices are modern Australian, seafood, Japanese, Thai, Italian, Spanish/Tapas. They will then be sent details of the restaurant they are booked at, and will meet the other delegates who also chose that cuisine when they get there. This will afford the chance to connect with new people, forge new friendships, and experience incredible cuisine. It's going to be a night to remember!

Thursday afternoon outings

Thursday 21 July 2016. There are two to choose from:

3 hour Captain Cook Cruise ($85 per person)

Enjoy complimentary canapes and Australian wines as you soak up the world's most stunning Harbour from the water. Watch the sun go down over Sydney Harbour and see the Harbour Bridge, Opera house and city lights from the comfort of a sleek, modern vessel. This will be a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon/evening for all aboard.

Visit the Green Central Aboriginal Community and local Sacred Sites, and enjoy a bush tucker meal ($99 per person).

In a rare opportunity, the elders of the Green Central Aboriginal Community and Bara Barang have offered to host a group of ISRA delegates for the afternoon and evening on July 21. Delegates will be transported to the Green Central Community on the NSW Central Coast, north of Sydney. They will be greeted with a Welcome to Country, offered the chance to participate in a smoking ceremony (see the ISRA 2016 video clip on the title page), and then be guided to see restricted aboriginal artefacts nearby. These have been dated at 7,000-20,000 years old. A Darkinjung elder will tell the traditional stories related to the carvings. Delegates will then return to Green Central to enjoy a meal of delicious bush tucker, including crocodile, kangaroo and chicken dishes, before being transported back to Sydney

The Gala Banquet 

At the Cyren restaurant overlooking beautiful Darling Harbour
Friday 22 July 2015 ($98 per person)

A bus will leave the conference at 6.30 to take delegates to the Cyren Restaurant (Bar, Grill, Seafood) which overlooks beautiful Darling Harbour and has fabulous views of the Sydney CBD at night (  There will be a 3 course meal served and an open bar to purchase drinks.  The bus will return delegates at the end of the night.

Farewell Barbeque 

At the close of the Meeting, delegates are invited to attend a farewell barbeque at the UNSW venue.
Saturday 23 July 2016 (free)

Walkabout Wildlife Park

During the registration process we asked delegates if they would come to an excursion at the Walkabout Wildlife Park ( before or after the ISRA conference. Of those who would like to come, a majority have indicated that they would like to visit after the ISRA conference.

Thus we have decided to organise this outing for the Saturday afternoon immediately after the ISRA World Meeting closes. We were given two options - with or without a BBQ lunch - and decided that delegates would probably prefer to have lunch when they arrived. ISRA delegates who indicated they would attend the Walkabout Wildlife Park should book as soon as possible. Details are here.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Bridge Climb Australia are offering a special conference rate for ISRA delegates to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is safe and not as physically demanding as you would think, and the views are amazing. Below the banner is information you will need to know to go on the Harbour Bridge Climb. To book go here or click on the banner below:

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BridgeClimb Sydney

See Sydney at its best - take the Climb of Your Life with BridgeClimb Sydney. From dawn until dusk, the view is always different. Climbs are available at dawn (limited departures), by day, twilight or night. Don't miss this unforgettable, and uniquely "Sydney" experience.

BridgeClimb Special Conference Rate Terms and Conditions

  • The Special Conference Rate is valid for sale from 12 July 2016 - 30 July 2016 for Climbs from 12-30 July 2016 only (inclusive)
  • Conference delegates must present proof of their conference registration or a conference lanyard at time of check-in. Please note that the full rate apply if this condition is not satisfied.
  • The Special Conference Rate may be extended to family and friends and must be accompanied by a conference delegate on the Climb
  • Refer to for more details on how to prepare for your Climb