Apart from the scientific program of Systematic Botany—a view from the Centre there are other events that are run in conjunction.
Registration for these functions have closed and the catering has been set, however if you would like to attend and haven’t registered and paid talk to the people on the registration desk about going on a reserve list. We’ve put these locations on a map for you to check out.
9:00–17:00, for members of Council there is the annual ASBS Council Meeting
17:00–19:00, open to all attendees and accompanying persons—the welcome function is an opportunity to register early and catch up with other delegates and friends. This event is at Yubu Napa, a studio and gallery specialising in local indigenous artworks. Located at 65 Hartley Street the gallery is close to a number dining opportunities, around the corner from Todd Mall and about 2 km from the conference venue.
Apart from starting bright and early with our first presentation beginning at 9 there are no other events planned for today.
18:00 departure—This year’s dinner will be held at the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, a short walk from the Double Tree by Hilton and easily accessible from most of the nearby accommodation (but bring a torch to see your way). We are excited to offer you a taste of the outback with unique choices from local indigenous caterer’s Kungkas Can Cook. Dinner will be served around 18:30, return by 21:30.
17:30 departure—What better way to end this year’s conference than to have an informal BBQ at Simpsons Gap (20 km W of Alice Springs). Price includes food and transport to and from the conference venue. You are guaranteed seeing the local rock wallaby population (as the sun sets) and we have organised with the Park’s senior to show us some of the wildlife in the area.
8:00 departure—A post-conference day field trip to the MacDonnell Ranges which contains a staggering 750+ species with most of the endemics for the MacDonnell bioregion. You’ll get a taste of some of the more easily accessible species. We will visit Standley Chasm and some of us will climb up onto the ridge. This climb is strenuous and you will need to wear proper footwear and we recommend you carry water with you. We also visit the chasm itself which is typical of a mesic gorge. If time permits, we will go to Ellery Big Hole to see a xeric gorge. This has a wonderful swimming hole, so bring swimmers and a towel.
Return around 17:30.