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Mice Net : October 2008
news in Australia and we’ve had excellent feedback from authors and delegates,” Ms Bulger said. “If the author gives permission the delegate is able to download the information for reference up to 12 months after the conference, and we are also able to provide authors with information with regard to the frequency that their material is accessed. A customised search facility makes it easy and time-efficient for delegates who no longer have to wander past scores of posters to find what they’re looking for.” In addition to the ePresenter terminals, the posters were available for delegates to download wirelessly on their personal computer notebooks from anywhere within the convention centre. Further, a series of eight booths for mini-oral presentations was established in the poster display area. Uniquely, the booths gave 318 authors who had not been selected for a dedicated session on the program a chance to make a brief oral presentation with a maximum of three slides. Such was the interest in these lunchtime presentations that the capacity of the booths had to be extended overnight to accommodate the delegates. Ahead of the congress the organisers had contingency plans in place in the event of demonstrations by activist groups opposed to certain aspects of transplantation, most notably the commercial trade of organs from less developed countries to wealthy ones. There was a peaceful demonstration outside the convention centre by the Chinese Falun Gung group which went ahead without any disruption to proceedings. The congress provided a unique opportunity to promote the cause of organ donation to the wider public and a concerted media campaign resulted in more than 150 stories in newspapers and the electronic media were achieved. This included a much-publicised appeal for organ donation by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, himself the recipient of a heart valve transplant. While the scientific program was busy in the extreme, time was also made for delegates to relax and network with their professional counterparts from more than 50 countries. As the congress coincided with the Olympic Games in Beijing, a number of large plasma screens were strategically placed around the public areas and exhibition halls at the Sydney Convention Centre to engender some of the Olympic spirit. ABOVE: Opening ceremony, girls’ choir. OPPOSITE: Plenary session. Discover an Australian icon, the Australian Institute of Sport, a unique and distinct venue where champions are created, world records are broken and expectations are exceeded. Inspire and motivate your guests by staging a record-breaking event at the AIS. From team building for ten to a gala dinner for 1200, the AIS is the perfect destination for you. (02) 6214 7137 email@example.com ausport.gov.au/events Discover the champion within! The Australian Institute of Sport is a division of the Australian Sports Commission. mice.net 7 AI 31985