Symposium VenueCairns Convention Centre
Corner Wharf and Sheridan Streets
Symposium WebsiteRegularly updated information will be available on the Symposium’s website.
LanguageThe official language of the Symposium is English.
Registration & AccommodationAll participants must submit a completed registration form.
Registration fee and hotel accommodation is payable in Australian Dollars (AUD$)
Hotel accommodation at special Symposium rates will be offered to participants.
Detailed information and access to the registration and accommodation form is available on the website at: www.kenes.com/isme12/Registration.asp
ISME MembershipTo become an ISME member and benefit from the reduced registration fees, please refer to the back cover of this brochure, or to the Society website at www.microbes.org
Travel AdvisoryIt is highly recommended to book your flights as early as possible since the Asian-Pacific air traffic routes will have high demand during August 2008 due to the 2008 Summer Olympics which will be taking place in Beijing, China (from August 8, 2008 to August 24, 2008) which could affect travel to the ISME‑12 Symposium in Cairns, Australia, August 17‑22, 2008
ClimateThe average temperature in Cairns in August is 18-26°C. The weather is generally sunny and dry.
ClothingClothing is informal for all occasions.
Time ZoneThe time zone in Cairns is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 10 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Banking and ExchangeThe Australian monetary system is the Australian Dollar (AUD$). Foreign currency may be changed at banks during normal banking hours, at hotels, airports and in exchange offices. All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.
Cairns International AirportThe airport is located 8km north of the city centre. Cairns International Airport is served directly by taxis and buses.
Free taxi telephones are located in the arrival halls and the taxi ranks of both the International and Domestic Terminals. The average fare to the city is $16.50 by Black & White Taxis. (Note between the hours of midnight and 5am average city fare is $18.50).
By bus: Australia Coach operates a generally hourly airport shuttle service to the city center (approximately $7.50 one way).
Airport Shuttle ServiceAn optional arrival and departure airport transfer shuttle service to/from Cairns hotels is available for ISME participants.
The shuttle service should be booked and paid for by credit card via the following link: Cairns Airport Shuttle Service using the following promotion code: ISME12
ISME participants who book their airport transfers using the above promotion code will receive a 5% discount on the published suppliers’ rate.
The shuttle service rates and additional details including terms and conditions appear in the published link above.
After reservation and payment of the shuttle service, you will receive a voucher. After reservation, should you wish to make an amendment, please contact the Customer Care department at: www.viator.com/customer-care, and select ”modify travel dates for an existing booking”
Transportation in Cairns:Public transportation in Cairns is varied as well as inexpensive. The center of Cairns is small enough to cover on foot. The Whitecar coach and the Sunbus are the two most prominent bus services of the city and depart from the market square to the suburbs and Northern Beaches. The Cairns Train Station acts as a terminus of the North Coast Railway Line of Queensland and is located right in the city center, easily within walking distance of the waterfront and most hotels.
Visa RequirementsImmigration law requires all visitors who are not Australian citizens or holding a valid New Zealand passport to have authority, in the form of a visa, to travel to and stay in Australia. Please check well in advance with your nearest Australian Embassy or travel agent regarding your specific entry visa requirements. For further information, please see the Travel Visa page
Official Letter of InvitationOfficial letters of invitation designed to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries will be sent upon request. It must be understood that such letters do not represent a commitment on the part of the Organizing Committee or Symposium to provide any financial assistance. If you require such a letter, please click here to fill in an online form.
Sponsorship & Exhibition SalesA professional exhibition will take place in conjunction with the Symposium. For information about exhibiting and sponsorship options, please contact Yael Almog-Manor at the Secretariat (address below), or e-mail: Yalmog@kenes.com
c/o Kenes International
ISME SocietyE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liability and InsuranceThe organizer is not able to take any responsibility whatsoever for injury or damage involving persons and property during the Symposium. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.