Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research
Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research

Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research

28–30 August 2022

We warmly welcome you to AWCBR 2022; this conference is New Zealand's premier annual Neuroscience conference attracting delegates from all over New Zealand and beyond. We would love you to join us for three days of world-class and varied Neuroscience.

The meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Queenstown. The conference will be held from Sunday evening until Tuesday afternoon. A finalised programme will be available following closing of Abstract submissions




 Sunday 28th August

 3:30 - 6:00 pm Registration

6:00 - 7:00 pm Opening Reception

7:00 - 7.15 pm Conference Opening

 7:15 - 8.00 pm Plenary Lecture  - Professor Margaret Morris, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. The modern food environment: how diets high in fat and sugar impair cognition and alter the gut microbiome in rats

 8:00 - 9.15 pm Oral Session - Disorders of the Nervous System

Monday 29th August

 8:30 am - 9.45 am Oral Session - Novel Methods and Technology Development

9.45 am - 11.45 am Poster Session

11.45 am - 1 pm Oral Session - Neural Excitability, Synapses, and Glia: Cellular Mechanisms

1:45 - 2.15 pm AWCBR AGM

2:15 - 3:00 pm Plenary Lecture - Cliff Abraham, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Adding space to time for metaplasticity: A role for astrocytes in health and disease

3:00 - 5:00 pm Poster Session

6:00 pm Earnslaw departs for Conference Dinner

Tuesday 30th August

 9:00 - 10.15 am Oral Session - Development

10.45 - 11.45 am Oral Session - Sensory and Motor Systems

11.45 - 12.45 am Oral Session - Cognition and Behaviour

12.45 - 1:45 pm  Prizegiving, Conference close, Lunch

Plenary Lectures

Professor Margaret Morris, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Dr Peter Mombaerts, Max Planck Research Unit for Neurogenetics, Frankfurt, Germany

Conference Registration

Early bird Student - $195 Student $280
Early bird Delegate - $395 Delegate - $450

Conference Dinner – Monday 29 August

TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak

Delegate $120               Student $75

Poster Session Guidelines

Please adhere to poster dimensions of A0 paper in portrait orientation. The poster boards are 1.2m wide and 2.3m high and velcro dots will be provided at the conference registration desk for you to display your poster on the board.

Please avoid landscape orientation with A0, as this will obscure your poster and encroach into adjacent poster boards.

NOTE: Please disregard any information on the University of Otago AWCBR website as this is currently being decommissioned and a new website will be created soon.


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AWCBR Organising Committee

Chair: Ruth Empson

Deputy: Stephanie Hughes

Treasurer: Joanne Lin

Secretary: Simon O’Carroll

Programme – Rebekah Blakemore

Editor – Kristin Hillman

Publicity – Simon O’Carroll

Auckland Rep – Ian Kirk

Canterbury Rep – John Dalrymple-Alford

Wellington Rep and Social Events – Sue Schenk

Postdoctoral rep – Kyla Horne

Student reps – vacant

Past Chair - Johanna Montgomery


Key Dates:
Monday 18 July, 2022
QRW Earlybird Registration Deadline
Friday 1 July, 2022
QRW Abstract Submission Deadline
Monday 19 July, 2021
AWCBR Early Bird Registration. NOTE: Abstract Submission Deadline 30th May.
Friday 15 July, 2022
Major Awards Application Deadline
QRW Updates: