The Shine Dome
The conference will be held at the spiritual home of Australian science, the Shine Dome. The dome, named after Australian biochemist John Shine, is near the city centre of Canberra, next to the campus of the Australian National University. Located on Gordon Street, on maps it is often referred to as 'Academy of Science'. Hotels, hostels, shops and sights are within walking distance of the venue.
The Shine Dome was designed by one of Australia's leading architects, Sir Roy Grounds. This futuristic building, completed in 1959, is a well-known Canberra landmark. It is colloquially referred to as "The Martian Embassy", an allusion to its shape and the fact that as the capital of Australia, Canberra is the home of many foreign embassies. For some time, the 45.75m diameter dome was the largest in Australia.
Refurbished as part of the Centenary of Federation celebrations, the Shine Dome has excellent acoustics, the latest audiovisual equipment and WIFI internet. The main auditorium, the Ian Wark Theatre, seats an audience of 150 in armchair comfort. An upper level balcony has 34 seats with desks plus 50 bench seats to extend the total capacity of the theatre to 234.