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! Our newly developed regional code of conduct is out and is found here.

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 regional conference of the Australasian Region, titled “Biometrics by the Border”, was held in 2017 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 closed 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 Welsh was elected as President for 2019-2020, serving 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.

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.

We all now look forward to our next conference in Adelaide in December this year.

Last updated 17 January 2019