Local Committee

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is primarily responsible for organization of the conference, including promotion, fundraising, conference program, social activities and logistical arrangements with assistance from our professional conference organizers.

Horst Schirra
University of Queensland
Melissa Fitzgerald
University of Queensland
Mary Garson
University of Queensland
Ian Brereton
University of Queensland
Mark Hodson
University of Queensland
Fe Calingacion
University of Queensland
David Broadhurst
Edith Cowan University
Gene Wijffels
Oliver Jones
RMIT University
Natoiya Lloyd
The Australian Wine Research Institute
Caroline “Lindy” Rae
University of New South Wales
Simone Rochfort
Department of Environment
and Primary Industries
Silas Villas-Boas
University of Auckland
Rob Trengove
Murdoch University
Devin Benheim
La Trobe University /
vivoPharm Pty. Ltd.
Stephen Blanksby
Queensland University of Technology
Mark Wellard
University of Queensland

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 13th Annual Conference of the Metabolomics Society from 25-29th June, 2017 at the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane is a vibrant, friendly, lifestyle city - home to leading medical research and a thriving industry hub, located in the heart of Australia’s premier tourist region. The BCEC is rated among the top three convention centres in the world, and was the venue of the 2014 G20 Leaders Summit. It is ideally located in the unique riverside cultural and lifestyle precinct at South Bank, which is an inner city oasis with riverfront parkland, rainforest pockets and Australia’s only city–based sand and swimming beach as well as Australia’s newest and largest Gallery of Modern Art, cafes, restaurants and stylish shops.

The conference has the theme of Building Bridges and under this banner extends its reach to the systems biology / genome-scale modelling community, as well as to the analytical chemistry / natural products chemistry community. In addition, the program features thematic streams for advancing the field, for food and environmental metabolomics, and for health and wellness. In addition, a deeper engagement between researchers within the Asia Pacific region is a natural focus for a conference held in Brisbane to promote metabolomics research, build and strengthen networks in the region.

We invite you to attend an exciting scientific program comprising 27 oral sessions, 5 plenaries, 4 poster sessions, sponsored luncheons, as well as several keynote lectures and workshops. We will continue the successful tradition of satellite workshops to the conference in the afternoon of Sunday 25th June and the morning of Monday 26th June. Additionally, we have planned a range of social activities, including a welcome reception, an early-career researcher mixer and a conference dinner in the iconic BCEC Plaza Ballroom to give you a true Aussie-style experience.

Brisbane is the ideal opportunity for delegates to enjoy a microcosm of Australia’s iconic experiences. World heritage listed rainforests, amazing beaches, islands, wineries and the internationally famous Australia Zoo – home of the crocodile hunter – are all easily accessible within an hour of the city. You can even do day trips to the Barrier Reef from Brisbane.

On behalf of the Local Organising Committee and the Metabolomics Society Board we are excited to once again invite you to Metabolomics 2017 – we are looking forward to welcoming you down under!

Prof. Melissa Fitzgerald, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
& Dr. Horst Joachim Schirra, Centre for Advanced Imaging
The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia