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New Zealands Premier Neuroscience Conference


Australasian Winter Conference for Brain Research

26 August 2023 - 30 August 2023 | Queenstown

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We warmly welcome you to AWCBR 2023; this conference is New Zealand's premier annual Neuroscience conference attracting delegates from all over New Zealand and beyond. We would love you to join us for five days of world-class and varied Neuroscience.

As usual, there will be intensive morning, later 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 mid-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. 

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Keynote Speaker

Dr Peter Mombaerts

Max Planck Research Unit for Neurogenetics, Frankfurt, Germany

Peter Mombaerts obtained his M.D. from the University of Leuven, Belgium in 1987 and his Ph.D. in Biology from MIT, Cambridge, MA in 1992, working with Dr. Susumu Tonegawa. After a postdoc with Dr. Richard Axel at Columbia University, New York (1993-1995), he was on the faculty of The Rockefeller University, New York (1995-2007). He was a director at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics (2008-2013) and is the director of the Max Planck Research Unit for Neurogenetics in Frankfurt, Germany, since 2013. His work is on the olfactory system of mice and humans. Currently he is interested in understanding the sequence of pathobiological events that lead to olfactory dysfunction during and after COVID-19. His papers have been cited more than 20,000 times and his h-index is 69.


Abstract Submissions open
Early bird registration opens
Abstract submission deadline
Early bird registration ends
Registration closes
Conference opens
Conference Closes

*Please note abstract acceptance dates may vary due to the number of abstracts being processed

Key Themes

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Disorders of the Nervous system

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Sensory and Motor System



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Novel Methods and Technology development

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Neural Excitability, Synapses and Glia: Cellular Mechanisms

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Cognition and Behaviour

Image by Josiah Farrow

The Week at a Glance


26 August


Plenary Lecture 1

Speaker Session 1


27 August

Morning Speaker Session

Afternoon Speaker Session 

Conference Dinner


28 August

Morning Speaker Session 

Afternoon Speaker Session

Evening Poster Session


29 August

Morning Speaker Session

Afternoon Speaker Session

Evening Speaker Session


30 August

Morning Speaker Session 1

Morning Speaker Session 2

Closing Remarks and Prizes


Crowne Plaza Queenstown sits in the heart of Queenstown, enjoying panoramic views over The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand's longest lake. Just across the road is Steamer Wharf where you will find dining, bars and entertainment. Alternatively, you can depart from here for a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship. From luxurious bedding to spacious accommodation, we know the importance of a great night's sleep. Every room has its own private balcony or courtyard and many enjoy beautiful views of Lake Wakatipu or The Remarkables.
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