Australasian Region of The International Biometric Society Australasian Region of The International Biometric Society

Welcome to the website for the Australasian Region of the International Biometric Society.

Breaking news! The latest regional newsletter, August 2018, is out.

Our region comprises members of the International Biometric Society (IBS) that predominantly reside in Australia and New Zealand. Currently, membership numbers are about 230. Read more about us ...

Our main activity is our regional biennial conference. The last and just concluded regional conference of the Australasian Region, titled “Biometrics by the Border”, was held in the conference facilities of the Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff, which is located south of Queensland's Gold Coast, just across the border into NSW. The dates of the conference were 26-30 November 2017.

For keynote speakers the all-female line-up celebrated achievements by women in the field of biometrics. Professors Elisabetta Carfagna (University of Bologna, Italy), Di Cook (Monash University), Rachel Fewster (University of Auckland), Sonja Greven (LM University Munich, Germany), Louise Ryan (University of Technology Sydney), and Jean Yang (University of Sydney) shared their latest insights in their respective fields, and in some cases also gave weekend workshops before the conference proper. Louise, as President-elect of IBS cloded the conference, and it was current President Elizabeth Thompson who opened the conference. As well as the six keynote talks there were 66 contributed talks.

The region's biennial general meeting (BGM) was also held during the conference. Ian Renner was elected to a newly created position, that of Assistant Treasurer, with primary responsibility for membership. Ross Darnell's one-year 2017 term as Past President was noted as almost over. Alan Walsh was elected as President for 2019-2020 and will serve as President-Elect in 2018. All other positions had incumbents returned unopposed.

At the conference dinner on Wednesday night the region recognised members who have given "longtime" service to our Society and to the advancement of biometry. The 2017 ALF awardees, Alan Welsh and Warren Muller, were both present to receive their awards in person.

On the final conference day Daisy Shepherd and Louise McMillan were announced as joint student talk award winners and Anna Norberg was the student poster award winner.

At the AGM on 2nd December Samuel Müller was elected to be President for 2017-18 and David Baird replaces Kathy Ruggerio as Secretary while she serves on the IBS representative council as Chair of the Communications Section.

Recent posts, with many photographs, to our own Facebook group, IBS-AR (which we invite all members to join) give the flavour of what was another great regional conference. The full set of photographs is on Flickr to view, along with previous conferences.

Last updated 19 September 2018