Marine Biotechnology Symposium

Participation and partnership in marine biotechnology: seeding the blue bioeconomy


The 1st Australia New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Society symposium will be held on April 14 and 15 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Marine Biotechnology is part of Australia and New Zealand’s national marine science plans and is tipped to contribute significantly to a growing marine economy worth more than $100 billion in this region within the next ten years.

We invite you to present your research and product outcomes and hear about latest industry strategy.

The program includes an International Blue Bioeconomy Industry Forum where you can interact with industry representatives and hear about research developments from around the world.

We look forward to welcoming you to Adelaide in April 2016.

Professor Wei Zhang - President
Professor Chris Battershill - Vice President

» Abstract and program booklet (PDF 1MB)


Symposium content

Opening speakers
  • Dr Helen Fitton - Chief Scientist, Marinova
    Helen has 20 years experience in commercially-focused research and development and is recognized as a world-leading authority on fucoidan compounds.
  • Professor Richard Furneaux - Institute Director, The Ferrier Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
    Richard’s world-renowned team of 28 research chemists is focused on the discovery and commercialization of ‘Glycotherapeutics’—drugs and dietary supplements based upon knowledge of the role of carbohydrate molecules in biological processes.
Keynote speakers
  • Dr Peter Nichols - CSIRO
  • Professor Bernie Degnan - University of Queensland
  • Dr David Lewis - Muradel/Adelaide University
  • Professor Tony Carroll -Griffith University
Symposium dinner

Dinner at Sammy’s on the Marina at Glenelg is paid for by sponsorship and available to delegates with a two-day registration.

Transport will be provided to take you from the symposium venue to dinner on Thursday night. Delegates are asked to make their own way back (taxi pool or take the Glenelg-City Tram) to their accommodation following the dinner. Sammy’s is a seafood restaurant. If you have any allergies or have a special dietary request, please email Dr Marina Delpin at least two days before the symposium.

Annual General Meeting

The Society’s AGM is now to be held at the dinner. We will try to be brief, but we welcome your input. If you would like to be on the Committee next year, please ask a member to nominate you or email Shirley Sorokin before the AGM.

Registration desk

The registration desk at Tonsley will be open from 7.30am on Thursday for you to pick up your name-tag and program. There are two cafes in the courtyard at Tonsley that are open from 7am for breakfast.



Theatre 1, Flinders at Tonsley - our fantastic new award-winning building with state-of-the-art conference facilities.

Street address: Flinders at Tonsley, Tonsley Blvd, Clovelly Park SA 5042


Luggage storage

Theatre 1 is large and you are able to leave your luggage at the back of the theatre if you come straight from the airport. If you are leaving on Friday afternoon, you may bring your luggage into the theatre after you check out of your accommodation.


Parking and transport

Getting to the symposium will be easiest by taxi, however train, bus or car are options. For more information, see parking and transport information for Tonsley.



'Flinders at Tonsley' is 10 kilometres south of the Adelaide CBD. The nearest accommodation is the Tonsley Hotel, a ten minute walk to the venue.

Suggested accommodation

We suggest that you can make the most of your stay in Adelaide by staying at one of the many hotels in the CBD. You can catch the train or a taxi to the symposium.

Hotel Richmond in Rundle Mall is offering discount accommodation for this symposium. Contact Michelle Dowling directly at or by phone +61 8 8215 4444 and mention that you are attending the Australia New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Society Symposium to get discount.


About Adelaide

Adelaide is the city of churches and capital of the 'Festival State', South Australia. Visit our famous Adelaide Central Market, wine regions, Kangaroo Island or the pandas at Adelaide Zoo.

More information: Find out more about Adelaide


Instructions for oral and poster presenters

Oral presentations
  • Oral presentations are 15 minutes in duration which includes 12 minutes speaking and three minutes for questions. Please prepare your presentations accordingly. Due to the full program session chairs will be strict on timing. If your presentation is in an unusual format, i.e. you are using your own computer, please let us know.
  • The two opening session speakers are 30 minutes plus five minute question time. Other session keynote speakers 25 minutes plus five minutes question time.
  • If you are presenting in the first session please upload your talks before 8.30am on Thursday morning. Note – you are welcome to email us your presentation on Mon-Wed (11-13 April).
Poster presentations
  • Please bring in your posters early Thursday morning. Our volunteers will help you erect your posters onto a poster board.
  • Official poster sessions are morning and afternoon tea on the Thursday. We encourage you to be near your poster at other breaks. Delegates are encouraged to look at each poster and engage in discussions during these sessions.
  • Posters should be removed immediately after afternoon tea on Friday.

Prizes will be awarded for the best oral and poster presentations.



Participation & partnership in marine biotechnology - seeding the blue bioeconomy

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