Australasian Biotechnology (backfiles)
ISSN: 1036-7128

Australasian Biotechnology, Volume 9 Number 5, November/December 1999, pp. 277-282


Code Number:AU99017


NSW Branch

The inaugural meeting of the NSW Branch of the Australian Biotechnology Association was held on 7th December. Membership of the NSW Branch Committee is as follows:

Charles Bailey Department of Biotechnology, UNSW

Andrew Baker Johnson & Johnson Research

Christopher Blanchard  Charles Sturt University

Peter Gray  Department of Biotechnology, UNSW

David Irving  Biotech Australia Pty Ltd

Phillip Lehrbach  Fort Dodge Australia Pty Ltd

Tim Littlejohn eBioinformatics Pty Ltd

Bengt Norrman Biomedoz

Rachel Shepherd Dept. of Cell & Molecular Biology, UTS

Noelle-Ann Sunstrom CRC for Biopharmaceutical Research P/L

Neil Willetts Consultant (ABA Director)

A stimulating series of functions and meetings are planned for the year 2000 and we will keep you informed of these events. During the course of the meeting the following office bearers were elected:

Chairman: Peter Gray

Secretary: Rachel Shepherd

Treasurer: Phillip Lehrbach

Organisers: David Irving/Charles Bailey

Liaison with ABA
& NSW State Govt: Neil Willetts

Following the meeting there was an excellent presentation by Keith Hardy and Jim Murray on their recent "Australian Biotechnology Report 1999". The Australian Biotechnology Report is the first detailed report on the Australian Biotechnology industry. The presentation by the authors of the Report and the additional findings that came out of their study have provided an excellent analysis of the current state of the biotechnology industry. The Report is available on the Ernst and Young website (

This Report will hopefully become an annual publication and grow to the prominence of the equivalent report in the US. Certainly the ABA would hope to host an event such as last night's on an annual basis.

We are indebted to Neil Willetts for organising a particularly stimulating evening and to Jamie Callachor, Department of State and Regional Development of the NSW Government, who arranged for the meeting to be held in their magnificent conference room on the top floor of 225 George Street with its magnificent views of the Harbour.

Peter Gray

An ABA Email Discussion List

The ABA has created an email list to provide members with information on ABA activities, biotechnology news locally and globally and, importantly, jobs and opportunities for further study. Subscribing to the email list is free.

Currently the list is open only to ABA members. If enough interest is generated, the list will be opened to the broader public, and has the potential of being an important communication tool for the Australian Biotechnology and general communities.

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GST Implications for ABA Members

Most readers will be aware that Australia is introducing a GST on the 1st July 2000. This will impact on many of the services and activities of the ABA. Consequently, ABA subscriptions and other charges will have to reflect these extra expenses. Our solicitor advises us that the following areas will be affected :

  • Research and development contracts with third parties (industry or government bodies, within or outside of Australia);
  • Agreements in relation to the provision of services (such as consulting or technical services);
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  • Raising funds;
  • Subscription to/ amalgamations/ becoming a member of any other corporation, association, body or organisation;
  • Organisation of conferences;
  • Any other activities carried out by ABA for which a fee is charged _ e.g. annual conference, research.

Therefore, please do not be surprised if you see 10% added to your bill for membership and subscription renewals this year. 


Pharmaceuticals 2000 - 8th Annual Conference

23-24 February 2000

Sydney, Australia

Contact: AIC Worldwide, Tel: 02 9210 5790; Fax: 02 9223 8216; email:

Functional Foods for EU Health in 2000

25-28 February 2000

Rovaniemi, Finland

Contact: T. Kauppila, Fax: +358 9 455 2103; Website: ovaniemi/

Functional Foods 2000

29 Feb 2000 - 2 March 2000

Netherlands Congress Centre, Den Haag, Netherlands

Contact: Fax: +44 1372 386228 Attention: Fiona Angus

Bowel Cancer in Australia: Screening to Save Lives

1-2 March, 2000

Sydney, Australia

Contact: Gloria Owen, Tel: 02 9808 5433; Fax: 02 9809 4815; email:

3rd Annual BIOPartnering Asia - Investing in Global alliances for the 21st Century

6-7 March, 2000

Tokyo, Japan

Contact: Carol Wolf - email: biopartnering@techvis

11th Asian Pacific Congress of Gastroenterology & 8th Asian Pacific Congress of Digestive Endoscopy

10-14 March, 2000

Hong Kong, China

Contact: Veronica Cheng - Fax: +852 2111 0132

Xth World Water Congress

11-17 March 2000

Melbourne, Australia

Contact: Lisa McNaught Tel: 71 3 9682 0244; Fax: 61 3 9682 0288; Email:

3rd Symposium on Herbal Medicine

13-16 March, 2000

Taipei, Taiwan

Contact: Ms Fion Wang - Fax: +886 2 2729 8638

The Millenium Science 2000

21-23 March 2000

Rosehill, NSW, Australia

The annual scientific exhibition of The Scientific Suppliers Association of Australia

Contact: Alan Lawrenson, Tel: 02 9804 8051; Fax: 02 9804 8052; email:< I> Website:

Oncology 2000: From Molecules to Management

23-24 March, 2000

Hong Kong, China

Contact: Ms Gigi Lui - Fax: +852 2649 7426; email:

BIO 2000

26-30 March, 2000

Boston, MA USA

Contact: Biotechnology Industry Organization Fax: +1202 857 0237;Website:

International Rice Research Conference 2000

31 Mar - 3 April 2000

Los Banos, Philippines

Contact: Dr Shaobing Peng, Fax: +632 891 1292; email:

Symposium on Hybrid Breeding & Genetics

9-14 April, 2000

Caloundra, Qld, Australia

Contact: Dr Mark Dieters Tel: 07 5482 0864; Fax: 07 5482 8755; email: dieterm@qfril.se2

Food-borne Pathogens 2000: Perspectives & Interventions

16-19 April, 2000

Arlington, VA USA

Contact: Society for Industrial Microbiology, Fax: +1 703 691 7991; email:; Website:

Symposium on Hybrid Breeding & Genetics

9-14 April 2000

Caloundra, Queensland

Contact: Dr Mark Dieters, Tel: 07 5482 0864; Fax: 07 5482 8755; email: mailto:dieterm@qf

The Second International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds

22-25 May 2000

Monterey, California, USA

Contact: Tel: 614 424 5461; Fax: 614 488 5747; Email: conferencegroup@com

Achema 2000, 26th Exhibition Congress, International Meeting on Chemical Engineering, Environmental Protection & Biotechnology

22-27 May 2000

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Contact: German Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Attn. Margret Lamy, PO Box A980, Sydney South, NSW 1235 Fax: 02 9265 2211

1st International Symposium on Synthesis, Screening & Sequencing

22-27 May, 2000

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Contact: DECHEMA, Fax: +49 69 7564 176; email:; Website:

Agbiotech: The Science of a New Century

5-8 June 2000

Sheraton Centre, Toronto, Canada

Contact: ABIC 2000 Conference Coordinator C/- The Signature Group Inc, 489 Second Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, S7K 2C1

3rd Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC 2000)

5-9 June 2000

Toronto, Canada

Contact: Sharon Murray Fax: 1 306 664 6615; Email:< /I>

YPD: Yeast: Products & Discovery

29 June - 1 July, 2000

South Stradbroke Isl., QLD, Aust

Contact: Ragini Wheatcroft, Tel: 03 9662 7378; email: Ragini.Wheatcrof

15th Australasian Biotechnology Conference

2-6 July, 2000

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Contact: Greg Harper, CSIRO Tropical Agriculture, Gehrmann Laboratories, University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072 Tel: 07 3214 2441; Fax: 07 3214 2480; email:
Website: .au/index.htm

ASM - 2000 Joint Scientific Meeting

"The Millennium for Microbiology"

8-13 July, 2000

Cairns, Queensland

Contact: ASM Secretariat, Tel: 03 9867 8699; Fax: 9867 8722; email: Web:< /A>

6th International Symposium on The Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms

8-13 July 2000

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Contact: http://www.usa for more information

2nd Asia-Pacific Mycological Conference on Biodiversity and Biotechnology

9-14 July 2000

Hong Kong, China

Contact: Dr Kevin Hyde, Fax: +852 2559 5984; email:

9th International Congress for Culture Collections

23-28 July, 2000

Brisbane, Australia

Contact: Dr Lindsay Sly, Australian Collection of Microorganisms, Tel: 07 3365 2396; Fax: 07 3365 1566; Email:

33rd Annual AIFST Convention

"Millenium Marketing through Food Science and Technology"

20-23 August, 2000

Brisbane, Australia

Contact: Ms Mel Malloch, Tel: 02 9959 4455; Fax: 02 9954 4327; email: mailto:aifst@aifst.asn.auWeb:  

2nd World Congress of Philosophy and Medicine

24-26 August 2000

Cracow, Poland

Contact: Prof.dr. H. ten Have, Catholic University of Nijmegen, Netherlands, Fax: +31 24 354 0254

Biotechnology 2000: 11th International Biotechnological Symposium

3-8 September 2000

Berlin, Germany

Contact: Renate Strauss Tel: 49 69 7564 249; Fax: 49 69 7564 176; Email:

Biotechnology in Agriculture: Present and future

5-7 September 2000

Amman, Jordan

Contact: Dr G. Anfoka, Al-Balqa Applied University -

1st Intl Symposium on Microgravity Research & Applications in Physical Sciences & Biotechnology

10-15 September, 2000

Sorrento, Italy

Contact: Conference Secretariat, ESTEC Conference Bureau, The Netherlands Fax: +31 71 5655 658; email:

7th International Congress for Cell Biology

24-28 September 2000

Queensland, Australia

Contact: Dr Peter French, Fax: 02 9361 2391; email:mailto:p.french@cfi.unsw.

BioJapan 2000

26-28 September 2000

Tokyo, Japan

Contact: Secretariat of BioJapan 2000, Japan Bioindustry Association, Fax: +81 3 5541 2737; Email:

IMBC 2000 International Marine Biotechnology Conference

29 September - 5 October 2000

Townsville, Queensland

Contact: International Marine Biotechnology Conference 2000, C/0 Australian Institute of Marine Science, PO Box 216, Aitkenvale, QLD 4814 Tel: 07 4781 6219; Fax: 07 4781 5822; Email:

Genetics & Molecular Biology of Industrial Microorganisms

15-19 October, 2000

Bloomington, IN USA

Contact: Society for Industrial Microbiology, Fax: +1 703 691 7991; email:; Website:

3rd International Conference on Transgenic Animals

16-20 October 2000

Beijing, China

Contact: Li Birong Fax: +86 10 6253 2114; Email:

Biotechnology Practice in Non-Food Products

22-25 October, 2000

Munster, Germany

Contact: Europoint, The Netherlands Fax: +31 30 691 7394; email:; Website:

8th International Barley Genetics Symposium

22-27 October 2000

Adelaide, Australia

Contact: Ms Elisabeth Eaton Tel: 08 8363 1307; Fax: 08 8363 1604;

6th Pacific Rim Biotechnology Conference

12-16 November 2000

Vancouver, Canada

Contact: Sandy Teeter, BCBA, #220 3250 East Mall, Vancouver BC V6T 1W5 Canada; email:

XXXIV International Congress of Physiological Sciences

26 August - 1 Sept 2001

Christchurch, New Zealand

Contact: Congress Secretariat, Fax: +64 9 260 1242; Email:


Delft University of Technology

Advanced Course Biocatalysis -5-10 March 2000

Advanced Course Downstream Processing - 8-12 May 2000

Advanced Course Environmental Biotechnology - 21-30 June 2000

Information: Biotechnology Studies Delft Leiden, Fax: +31 15 278 2355; email:


PRESIDENT: Dr Peter Rogers (CUB - Brewtech)
Tel: (03) 9342 5449; Fax: (03) 9347 9240

VICE PRESIDENTS: Dr David Tribe (University of Melbourne)

Tel: (03) 9344 5703; Fax: (03) 9347 1540

DIRECTORS: Dr Anne Campbell (CRC Association)

Tel: (02) 6279 8835; Fax: (02) 6279 8836

Mr Gary Cox (Wray & Associates)
Tel: (08) 9325 6122; Fax: (08) 9325 2883

Dr Shirley Lanning

Tel: (03) 9690 0219; Fax: (03) 9690 0219

Dr Peter Riddles (Institute for Molecular BioSciences)
Tel: (07) 3346 2507; Fax: (07) 3346 2509

Dr Peter Rogers (CUB - Brewtech)
Tel: (03) 9342 5449; Fax: (03) 9347 9240

Ms Lyndal Thorburn (Advance Consulting & Evaluation)

Tel: (02) 6297 2438; Fax: (02) 6297 2203

Dr David Tribe (University of Melbourne)

Tel: (03) 9344 5703; Fax: (03) 9347 1540

Dr Neil Willetts

Tel: (02) 9416 5537; Fax: (02) 9416 5537

Dr Elane Zelcer (Thrombogenix Pty Ltd)
Tel: (03) 9827 6427; Fax: (03) 9824 0054

SECRETARY: Mrs Barbara Arnold
Tel: (03) 9596 8879; Fax: (03) 9596 8874

TREASURER : Mr Steven Clarke
Tel: (03) 9596 8879; Fax: (03) 9596 8874

Chairman: Dr Gregory Harper

15th A'asian Biotech Conference Email:


GENETIC RELEASE: Dr Sue Meek (WA Dept of Commerce & Trade)
Tel: (08) 9327 5637; Fax: (08) 9327 5542

PUBLICATIONS: Dr Martin Playne (Melbourne Biotechnology)
Tel: (03) 9598 9818; Fax: (03) 9521 9925

W.A. BRANCH: Dr Michael Borowitzka (Murdoch Uni)
Tel: (08) 9360 2333; Fax: (08) 9310 3505

QLD BRANCH: Dr Peter Riddles
Tel: (07) 3346 2507; Fax: (07) 3346 2509

NSW BRANCH: Dr Neil Willetts

Tel & Fax: (02) 9416 5537

VIC BRANCH: Dr David Tribe

Tel: (03) 9344 5703; Fax: (03) 9347 1540

ACT BRANCH: Ms Lyndal Thorburn

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