About Australian Peptide Conference

Peptides From Discovery to Therapeutics

Advances in peptide research are occurring at an ever increasing pace, in a wide range of fields and scientific disciplines. With the sequencing of the human and other genomes now complete, we are at a particularly exciting time as the impacts of genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics start to drive modern drug discovery.

To discuss these and other advances in peptide research, the Australian Peptide Conference committee has assembled an exciting scientific program, of local and international invited speakers, covering the areas of cutting edge peptide research:

Topics include:

Peptide and protein design and engineering
Peptide libraries
Peptidomimetics
Folding, misfolding and disease
Screening and drug discovery
Receptors and cell signalling
Proteomics, bioinformatics and biomarker discovery
Fluorescent applications
Chip-based technologies
Nanotechnology
Emerging analytical techniques
Drug delivery and clinical applications
Industry, regulation and commercialisation

The conference was be held in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef in Northern Queensland. The region is famous for its magnificent local scenery, beaches and abundant wild life and at this time of the year you will be able to enjoy the weather and surrounds of this beautiful region of Australia, at their finest.

Travel Details

Overseas Delegate VISA Information

Please note that all travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane. Travellers to Australia cannot apply for a visa on arrival. For many countries, the visa is paperless and added automatically to your air ticket. Check with your travel agent if uncertain or use the following website links.

Information about attending an event in Australia can be found at www.immi.gov.au/visitors/iecn.htm (Visa Arrangements for Events, Conferences and Meetings in Australia)

Quarantine

Quarantine information for overseas visitors - please note that Australia has strong quarantine laws to help protect its relatively disease free agriculture and you are unable to bring food and many other products in through customs.

Queensland Australia

Queensland is the sunshine state of Australia. There are five other states and two territories which make up Australia. Queensland is the third largest state by population and second state. It includes a wide range of environments (coastal, reef, tropical, desert, farmland, rainforest)

Currency

Australia has a decimal system of dollars and cents. Change can be readily obtained at the airport and banks. All usual credit cards are accepted. Australia's exchange rate is currently trending up (it has moved up 5% against the US dollar this year and may change another 5% before the conference). Therefore overseas guests are encouraged to pay earlier to benefit from the more favourable exchange conditions. In early September 2006 the exchange rate was AUD $1 equals US$0.75 and 0.6Euros.

Australian Taxes

Australia has a 10% goods and services tax (GST). However international visitors can claim this 10% back from the government on departure for purchases above $300 - this means your registration fee is eligible. There are several agencies who will help you do this but it is important you have what is known as a 'Tax Invoice' for each major purchase. The conference organisers will provide you with one for your registration.