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About the Conference

We invite you to attend the 38th International AWCBR, to be held in Queenstown, New Zealand between 29 August to 2 September 2020. The 2019 AWCBR was most enjoyable, both academically and socially. But we are especially looking forward to the 2020 meeting which, in addition to offering the attractions of both the Crowne Plaza and Queenstown, will again allow you to enjoy a multidisciplinary approach to contemporary Neuroscience. Early morning, late afternoon and evening sessions leave your day free for interaction with other participants while skiing, jet boating, bungy jumping, paragliding, hiking, golfing, or just relaxing in the sun.

Conference format

As usual, there will be intensive morning, late afternoon, and evening sessions with a light breakfast and afternoon tea for those who have just rolled out of bed or off the ski field. To achieve maximal interdisciplinary interaction, there will be no parallel sessions. As noted above, the middle of the day is left free for the many activities available at Queenstown. The evening break allows sufficient time to sample from the selection of excellent restaurants.

Each year the conference attracts participants from Australia, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and North America. All participants are encouraged to present a paper and we will create symposia to accommodate papers as necessary. Our purpose is to encourage interaction between a wide range of academic and clinical brain research disciplines including anatomy, biochemistry, kinesiology, neural modelling, neurology, pharmacology, physiology, and psychology.

Visit the Proceedings page to obtain an idea of the range of topics covered in recent years

Abstract and early-bird registration dates

The deadline for receipt of your abstract is 31 May. Early Bird Registration deadline is July after which the Standard registration fee applies.

No abstract will be accepted unless followed by the appropriate Early Bird Registration fee, which covers entry to all scientific sessions of AWCBR.

Conference programme

The scientific sessions begin on Saturday evening, 29 August, following an opening cocktail hour. They then run from approximately 8.00 am to 10.00 am, 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm and then 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm on most other days. All sessions will be held at the Crowne Plaza, Queenstown.

On all days, a light breakfast and afternoon tea (costs included in the registration fee) will be served half an hour before the appropriate session. The meeting will close after lunch on Wednesday 4 September.

Standard oral presentations by conference attendees are 15 minutes total presentation time, including 5 minutes for questions. Depending on the number of abstracts received, the length of presentation and/or the duration of the sessions may be changed. No parallel sessions will be scheduled, if at all possible.

A data projector, Mac and PC computers will be available for PowerPoint presentations. Oral presenters should (a) bring their PowerPoint files on a CD or memory stick, (b) not compress video clips before inserting into Powerpoint, and (c) ensure that linked videos are set to run from the “current folder”. Please use your surname when naming your powerpoint presentation file.


A major strength of AWCBR is the broad range of topics covered and the general interest of participants in the wide diversity of papers. Should you wish to organise a symposium on a topic of your interest, please contact AWCBR as soon as possible.

Poster session

Registrants are asked to indicate during the on-line registration, whether they would prefer an oral communication or poster presentation, but please be aware that your first choice cannot be guaranteed. For student presentations, oral presentation slots will first be allocated to those more advanced in their degree.

Student travel grants

Postgraduate students are warmly encouraged to attend the meeting, and to present their work if it is sufficiently advanced. Presenting students from New Zealand are also eligible for a conference travel grant.

Applications for grants, using the form provided, must be received by 31 May. Applicants will be notified of the amount of the award as soon as possible after this date. Grants will be paid at the conference and payment is subject to registration for the entire AWCBR and presentation of a paper.

Student travel grants are provided through the generosity of the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand, and are given only to persons studying in New Zealand. Successful applicants will receive a full refund of the Early Bird registration fee plus a grant-in-aid for travel, pro-rated based on distance to be travelled.

The Goddard Prize, for the oral best presentation by a student, and The Student Poster Prize, will be awarded at the end of the last session of the conference.