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Biometrics by the Border - 2017

Our main activity is our regional biennial conference. The 2017 conference was a huge success and has just concluded. It was titled “Biometrics by the Border” and 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, during 26-30 November 2017.

The keynote speakers were all female so as to celebrate achievements by women in the field of biometrics. They were 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), who shared their latest insights in their respective fields, and in some cases also gave weekend workshops before the conference proper. As well as the six keynote talks there were 66 contributed talks.

On the final conference day Kevin Wang was announced as best student presentation winner and Michelle Trevenen was runner-up. Winner of Best Poster - People's Choice was Marcela Cespedes and Best Poster - AgResearch NZ's Choice was Bethany Macdonald.

A biennial meeting is one of the main activities of the region, which enables members and non-members to come together to exchange ideas, learn about new research methodologies and applications, network and establish important contacts and collaboration opportunities. These conferences are renowned for being intimate regarding numbers of participants, yet large enough to facilitate worthwhile invited and contributed talks as well as poster presentations. The program typically runs from Monday to Thursday lunch with an optional social activity on Tuesday afternoon and a Wednesday dinner, which both encourage further social and professional networking. Specialist pre-conference short-courses on the Sunday are also a feature.

Developing country travel awards

Note for the future that the IBS Awards Fund Committee has a program to assist IBS members from developing countries to attend conferences sponsored by IBS Regions or Networks, such as Biometrics by the Harbour. For more information, please visit

And you can read more about conferences here.

Last updated 3 December 2017