Organising committee

Core Committee

  • Michelle Guzik, SASB
  • Mike Bayly, ASBS
  • Haylee Weaver, ABRS
  • Claire Stephens, ANU
  • Camille Truong, AMS
  • Brendan Lepschi ASBS/CSIRO
  • Erinn Fagan-Jeffries, SASB

Strategic Committee

  • Andy Austin
  • Judy West
  • Craig Moritz
  • Kevin Thiele

Student and ECR Representatives

  • Helen Kennedy, ASBS SECR Representative
  • Grace Boxshall, AMS Student Representative
  • Luke Vaughan, AMS
  • Brock Hedges, SASB


For alternative payment methods for registration, contact Mike Bayly (vicepres.asbs@gmail.com)

For website issue (e.g. issues with registering or incorrect information), contact Erinn Fagan-Jeffries


Accommodation in Canberra is filling up quickly for the week of the conference and we advise delegates to book early. Unfortunately, on-campus accommodation at the ANU is already booked out.

Other accommodation within walking distance to campus includes Peppers Gallery HotelOvolo NishiQT Canberra and Midnight Hotel. The Rex Hotel is a slightly further away but is on the tram line. Some budget options are the Village Hostel or Canberra Accommodation CentreVisit CBR also has lots of accommodation suggestions.

Another option is to search for an Airbnb near the ANU (Braddon, Turner, Acton); these can be reasonably priced when shared among several people.

Visiting local collections

Both the Australian National Insect Collection and the Australian National Wildlife Collection are closed to visitors and loans until early 2025, due to the relocation of both these collections to the new National Collections Building currently under construction on the CSIRO Black Mountain site in Canberra. Access to the collections of the Australian National Herbarium remains unchanged. Researchers wishing to access the Australian National Herbarium should contact the Head Curator, Brendan Lepschi, via email (Brendan.Lepschi@csiro.au) to arrange access.

Code of Conduct

ASBS, SASB, AMS and ABRS are committed to providing a safe, inclusive, hospitable, and productive environment for all attending Biosystematics 2023, regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, gender, or sexual orientation. We expect participants and volunteers to be considerate, respectful and inclusive of others.  We will not tolerate intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning speech or actions by any participant. Participants asked to stop unacceptable behaviour are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in unacceptable behaviour, the Organizing Committee reserves the right to expel them from the conference without warning or refund. ASBS, SASB and AMS also reserve the right to ban them from attendance at future society events, in line with their expected codes of conduct.

If you are concerned about the behaviour of anyone at the conference, whether directed at you or at others, please notify Mike Bayly (mbayly@unimelb.edu.au), Michelle Guzik (michelle.guzik@adelaide.edu.au), or any member of the Organizing Committee, either in-person or by email. 

All reports, and especially the names of reporters will be kept confidential to the extent possible (restricted to select members of the Organising Committee in determining the next steps) and we will maintain anonymity of reporters (e.g. only known to initial point of contact) if requested. All reports will be taken seriously and will be investigated. We will gather all relevant details and information (verbal or written) from the reporter, the target (if they are not the reporter), and witnesses to understand reported incidents, noting that we cannot act on a single anonymous report without further corroboration. Investigations may extend beyond the end of the conference. The outcomes of investigations and subsequent sanctions will not be made public; however, those reporting incidents will be informed of the outcome. In addition to the actions that may be taken at meetings, violators of the code of conduct will receive written documentation of the actions taken at and following the meeting.

Parent room

A dedicated parent room will be available during the conference. This room will be adjacent to the main conference lecture theatres in Kambri. It will allow parents who have children with them to have a space in between talks etc. We will not have general live streaming to the room but the conference will be live streamed and it will be possible to access wifi and livestream on your own laptops. Please contact michelle.guzik@adelaide.edu.au if you would like access to this room

Travel Grants

  • SASB student members can apply for travel grants of up to $2500 that contribute to costs of registration, transport, accommodation and other conference expenses. Travel grant applications closed on the 14 July 2023. For more information and application forms, see the SASB website
  • ASBS student members can apply for similar grants of up to AU$800 for Australian students and AU$1500 for international students; applications close August 14 – see application form. In addition, ASBS students presenting a talk or poster at the conference can also apply for a rebate on registration costs by clicking a checkbox on the online registration form when purchasing conference tickets. All applicants who give a presentation, except those who are awarded one of the travel grants, will be offered some rebate on their registration fees. These rebates will be paid during the conference and will be a value up to the full cost of early bird student registration (with the exact amount depending on how many students apply). 
  • AMS students can apply for a $500 Student Travel Award for presenting a talk at the Biosystematics 2023 conference. See the AMS website for application details.
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