Aquatics Symposium 2018

Aquatics Symposium | 31 Jan - 2 Feb 2018 | Sydney
We are pleased to invite you to join us at the upcoming symposium on aquatic animals. The main theme of this year's event is fish health and welfare. The symposium covers aquatic species in research, wild and public aquariums with a special focus on laboratory zebrafish during the second day of the symposium.

The event will be of interest to aquarists and aquatic professionals, animal technicians, facility managers, veterinarians, animal welfare officers and AEC members.

We look forward to seeing you in Sydney in 2018!
  • Day 1 Symposium Program: Wednesday 31 January 2018


    The symposium is composed of two days of seminars and a separate wet lab/workshop and facility tours. The first day will focus on aquatic species in aquariums, wild and research. Keynote presentations on fish pain and cognition will be a highlight of this day.


    Confirmed topics:

    • Fish sentience, cognition and behaviour
    • Pain perception in fish
    • Aquarium experiments on wild fishes: are they relevant?
    • Social organisation of wild smooth stingrays (Bathytoshia brevicaudata) in a competitive context
    • Does a Shift in Public Perception Determine What is Deemed Acceptable in Fish Research
    • AWO challenges in aquatic research
    • The use of physiotherapy in aquatic animals
    • Exotic aquatic pathogens from the importation of ornamental fish and the biosecurity risk to Australia


    An optional visit to the Sydney aquarium will be a great way to conclude day 1.




  • Day 2 Symposium Program: Thursday 1 February 2018


    The second day of the symposium will mostly focus on zebrafish husbandry, health and welfare. This will provide an excellent opportunity for facility managers, technicians, veterinarians and researchers to come together to discuss current and future husbandry and management practices and provides an opportunity for the expansion of knowledge, the development of new ideas and networking.


    Confirmed topics:

    • Impact of pathogens on zebrafish research
    • Setting up a Sentinel Program and Innovations in Health Monitoring
    • Useful vs Useless specimens: Sampling that promotes successful diagnostics
    • Updates on Facility
    • Disinfection measures for Megalocytivirus at aquaculture facilities
    • Management of aquatics in a research environment
    • Monitoring welfare of zebrafish
    • Method of recovery blood collection from zebrafish and diabetes research
    • Discussion forum: welfare and health aquatic animals





  • Day 3 Workshop and Tours: Friday 2 February 2018


    The workshop  will provide an opportunity for delegates to participate in wet labs and guided tours through local zebrafish facilities. We are delighted to announce that this year's workshop will focus on learning to identify common diseases of freshwater fish.

    The workshop will also include a session on the following:

    • Examination of Fish
    • Non-lethal Diagnostic Techniques
    • Microscopic examination for fish parasites
    • Cytology
    • Fish Anatomy (large and small fish)


    Cost for the workshop FREE to symposium attendees, but places are limited.


  • Invited Speakers

    The symposium will vastly benefit from the knowledge and expertise of the following keynote speakers:


    • Professor Craig Johnson will be speaking about fish pain


    • Dr Marcus Crim presenting advances in zebrafish health monitoring


    • A/Prof Culum Brown speaking about fish intelligence and sentience


    • Dr Richmond Loh speaking about diseases of freshwater fish




Important Information

The symposium will be held on 31 January - 2 February 2018 on the main campus at UNSW, Main Campus Kensignton.


Details of the building location and instructions will be provided closer to the date. The campus map can be found here

By Car

Just like in any other capital city, Sydney’s traffic can be very busy, particularly at peak hours. Besides, major works have recently started for the Sydney Light Rail, and access to UNSW is particularly affected. Therefore, we strongly advise that you take extra time to reach UNSW.

Parking around the campus is extremely difficult and parking time is limited. Visitors can park on the top level of the car park (H11 on the map) accessed via Gate 11, Botany street (meter parking fees apply).

There are many Taxi companies in Sydney, and Uber operates all over the city.

By Bus

UNSW campus is easy to get to via public transport no matter where you are traveling from. The main route is the 891 UNSW Express Bus, which runs all day to and from Central Station (Eddy Avenue). Usually, the routes are high frequency and most are prepay only (you can buy Opal single or multiple trips tickets at many retailers and machines or online). We strongly advise that you download the free TripView App for Apple or Android to help you plan your trip.

The Transport NSW website has been designed to provide you with all the information you need to plan an efficient and successful journey across the entire public transport network (including buses, trains and ferries). For more information visit


Certainly the best option at this time of the year!! Take some time wandering around and enjoy a nice coffee or a yummy breakfast on the way, but don’t forget the symposium!


Your accommodation will depend on your budget, and also your type of visit. Because UNSW is not located right in the CBD, we have selected locations that are close to the venue.  As a general advice, we highly recommend you contact the venue directly, and book your accommodation as early as possible.



The Centre

14 Frances Street, Randwick NSW 2031, Tel: +61-2-9398-2211

Basic accommodation, yet ideal for the tight budgets. < 5 min walk from the venue.


New College

330 Anzac Parade, Kensington NSW 2033 Australia Tel: +612 9381 1999

Very close and affordable option, single rooms with shared bathroom min 2 nights stay. Mention the symposium and get a discount rate of $72 per night for bed and breakfast.

< 8min walk from venue


The Blenheim

26 Blenheim Street, Randwick NSW 2031 Tel: +61-2-8345-8400

Small, yet very close! < 5 min walk from the venue.


Randwick Lodge

211 Avoca Street, Randwick NSW 2031, Tel: +91-2-9310-0700

A nice courtyard, recently refurbished hotel. 3 min walk from the venue.


Alison Lodge

136-138 Alison Road, Randwick NSW 2031, Tel: +61-2-9399-3883

Small but comfortable rooms

5 min walk from the venue.


Adina Coogee

183 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee NSW 2034, Tel: 9578 6000

Nice rooms and apartments.

25 min walk from the venue


Crown Plaza Coogee

242 Arden Street, Coogee NSW 2034, Tel: +61-2-9315-7600

Large rooms.

25 min walk from the venue Nice coffee or a yummy breakfast on the way, but don’t forget the symposium!

Symposium Programme

We are pleased to confirm that we have expert speakers covering a range of topics. The finalised programme will be available here shortly.


We are pleased to confirm that we have expert speakers covering a range of topics.

Conference Dinner

Join us for a fun conference dinner!

Time to unwind after two days of presentations and mingle with your fellow aquarists...The conference dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday 1 February 2018.

We will celebrate with an informal Brazilian barbeque and a glass or two of sangria at Coogee Beach. 

Cost includes one way transport to Coogee beach from the venue.


Proudly supported and sponsored by:

Platinum Sponsor







With thanks to other symposium sponsors:


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