2019 ANZAAP Aquatic Symposium

4–6 February 2019
Geelong Waterfront Campus

Event details

Join us for the 2019 ANZAAP Aquatic Symposium at Deakin's University's Waterfront campus. The three day conference will attract a cross section of delegates including facility managers, technicians, international suppliers and veterinarians from across Australia and New Zealand.

The event has secured a strong line-up of international speakers from the United States that are renowned experts from the zebrafish and public aquarium industry. ANZAAP has stemmed from the ANZ Zebrafish Husbandry Group's efforts over the past decade and has now expanded to support members of the public aquarium industry. ANZAAP's purpose is to provide support and information to our membership and foster dissemination of quality evidence based, scientific information to further the field of aquarium design, maintenance and aquatic husbandry and health and welfare, both in aquatic research model organisms, and species of public aquarium significance.

Keynote speakers

Zoltan Varga

Director of Zebrafish International Resource Centre Oregon (ZIRC)

Zoltan holds a PhD in cell biology/neuroscience from Basel University, where he gained some experience with the care of a small colony of mammals, the South American opossum (Monodelphis domestica). He has worked with zebrafish since 1995, when he started as a post-doc at the Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Oregon (UO).

In 2004, he moved back to Eugene, Oregon to direct the Zebrafish International Resource Center at the University of Oregon. The ZIRC also provides diagnostic health services for zebrafish and provides consultations about zebrafish husbandry standards, biosafety, and colony health monitoring (zebrafish.org). Zoltan also serves on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of the University of Oregon.

Due to unforeseen circumstances Zoltan Varga has become unable to travel for this event at short notice. Zoltan will still be presenting via WEBEX and will be taking part in the round table Q&A session at the end of day 2.

While we are sad that Zoltan will not have a physical presence at the symposium, he will still be delivering his planned content in an interactive manner. The symposium is still hosting three international guests in person as well as Zoltan via WEBEX.

Bret Grasse

Manager of Cephalopod operations at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Bret Grasse is the Manager of Cephalopod Operations at the internationally renowned Marine Biological Laboratories (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Bret is currently designing and managing a world-class cephalopod breeding and research facility, second to none. The primary goal of this program is to develop multigenerational cultures of several cephalopod species for a wide variety of research communities including, neurobiology, transgenics, regeneration, etc.

Carrie Carmichael

Laboratory Supervisor Stowers Institute of Medical research (previously Cryogenetics and ZIRC)

Carrie is a Laboratory Supervisor for the Aquatics Facility at Stowers Institute for Medical Research (SIMR) in Kansas City, Missouri. Carrie has extensive experience in fish cryopreservation and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and has published several papers pertaining to this area of interest. Carrie is also a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) that oversees animal welfare at SIMR.

Carrie began working with zebrafish in 2000 at the University of Oregon where she became the supervisor of the Cryopreservation and Line Maintenance programs at the Zebrafish International Resource Center (ZIRC) until 2013. During this time, she developed the cryopreservation program and performed research to improve cryopreservation and IVF techniques. This research continued and was published in 2018 by ZIRC.

Diana Baumann

Head, Reptile & Aquatics, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Diana joined the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in 2003 to draw on her herpetological background and start up a new reptile facility. The facility rapidly expanded and in 2005 she became Head of Reptile & Aquatics when the first aquatic animals were added. To date, the AAALAC accredited facility has cared for over 60 different species including lizards, snakes, fish, frogs, and aquatic invertebrates.

Diana is a member of AALAS, IAT, LAMA, LAWTE, ZHA, and ANZLAA. She regularly speaks at local, national, and international meetings. She has been a member of the IACUC at Stowers for 14 years. She teaches all three levels of the AALAS animal technician certification courses as well as courses in laboratory animal management. Diana has achieved foundation and advanced certifications in herpetology.

Program and submissions

The ANZAAP 2019 Aquatic Symposium will run over two days, with the option of participating in the wet lab activities on day 3 at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

Download the provisional conference program (PDF, 673KB)

If you are interested in making a submission to present at the symposium, please email the details to the ANZAAP conference team.

Call for abstracts has now been extended to 23 January 2019.

Social events

Conference dinner

The conference dinner, sponsored by Cerberus Science, will be held at Geelong's WahWah Gee restaurant. Dinner tickets include an Asian-inspired two-course dinner accompanied by a drinks package.

Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Cost: $85 per person 
Tickets: can be purchased during registration

Great Ocean Road bus tour

This private tour will take in some of Victoria's most spectacular scenery situated along the Great Ocean Road. Visit landmarks including Bells Beach, Teddies Look Out, the Twelve Apostles and Lord Ard Gorge.

Date: Sunday 3 February 2019
Cost: $90 per person
Tickets: can be purchased during registration


Registration is now open! Make the most of the early bird discount and register before 20 December 2018.

Early bird registration (before 20 December)
Day 1 and 2 member rate: $180
Day 1 and 2 non-member rate: $200

Standard registration (after 20 December)
Day 1 and 2 member rate: $230
Day 1 and 2 non-member rate: $250

Day 3 member rate: $50
Day 3 non-member rate: $60

Register now

Become a member of ANZAAP

Do you work in a field related to either research work, public aquariums or affiliated industries? If so, you may be eligible to join the ANZAAP membership.

In addition to the discount on symposium tickets, member benefits include access to the ANZAAP forum and a 10% discount on 'The Aquarium Vet' E-Quarist training courses.

For more information and to join, please visit the ANZAAP website


Platinum sponsor

Link to Tecniplast website

Gold sponsors

Workshop sponsor

Conference dinner sponsor

If your company or organisation is interested in Sponsorship opportunities for this conference, please refer to the Sponsorship Prospectus and get in touch with the conference team.

PDF ANZAAP 2019 Sponsorship Prospectus1.1MB

Key information


4–6 February 2019


Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus
1 Gheringhap Street 
Geelong VIC 3220

Contact us

For any other information or questions relating to the Aquatic Symposium 2019, please email the conference team.