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VicBioCon22 is moving online

Updated: Jan 10, 2022

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Monday 10th January 2022

Over the weekend, the VicBioCon Organising Committee held an impromptu meeting to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on our upcoming event. After much consideration, the Committee unanimously decided that due to the escalating number of COVID-19 cases, and the recent reintroduction of density limits for indoor venues, we will be moving VicBioCon22 online.

All short presentations will now be pre-recorded and live streamed during the conference, with plenaries and panel discussions delivered live over Zoom. We hope to use to same virtual conference platform as 2021, and are currently in discussion with the host company, SCOOCS.

Workshops will continue as planned, with tickets available to purchase soon. In addition, we are planning a free online networking event for the evening of Thursday 3rd February, and (fingers crossed!) an in-person outdoor function on Friday 4th February (tickets available soon).

Conference ticket prices will be updated to reflect these changes, with virtual tickets priced at $15 for students (PhD, Masters, Honours and Undergraduate) and $30 for non-students. If you have already purchased a face-to-face ticket, we will be in touch to discuss your options.

We imagine this will be disappointing news for many, none more so than the Organising Committee. We really hoped that 2022 would be the year to bring our community back together, but it wasn’t to be. Overall, we felt that shifting the event online was the safest and most responsible option given the current circumstances. We will be working hard to make this transition over the coming days and weeks, and will share more information with you as soon as it is available.

Thank you for your understanding, patience and continued support of the Victorian Biodiversity Conference 2022.

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