General Information

The 2017 RACS Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, located in the heart of Adelaide, starting on Monday 8 May and finishing on Friday 12 May 2017.

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Convocation and Syme Oration
Monday 8 May 2017
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Hall L, Ground Level, Adelaide Convention Centre

All guests must be seated by 4:45pm.

Gown Collection for Convocating Fellows
Monday 8 May 2017
2:30pm – 4:00pm

Stage Party Front Row Rehearsal
Monday 8 May 2017
2:30pm – 3:30pm

Hall L, Ground Level, Adelaide Convention Centre. A rehearsal will be held for members sitting in the front row of the stage party.

Welcome Reception
Monday 8 May 2017
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Foyer F, Ground Level, Adelaide Convention Centre

The welcome reception will follow the convocation and Syme oration. The evening will include light refreshments and canapés. This function is complimentary however it is mandatory to indicate your attendance when completing your congress registration.

Section Dinners
RACS ASC 2017 Section Dinners.

Name Badges and Congress Satchels
Your name badge is essential for entry into the Adelaide Convention Centre and to participate in all congress activities. Please collect your congress satchel and documentation from the registration desk prior to entering the congress sessions.

Convocation and Syme Oration

New Fellows
Lounge suit and academic gown

Stage Party
Lounge suit and academic gown

Lounge suit / cocktail dress

Welcome Reception
Lounge suit / cocktail dress

Scientific Sessions
Business attire / smart casual

Section Dinners
Lounge suit / cocktail dress

Congress Dinner
Lounge suit / cocktail dress

Registration Desk
The registration desk will be located in Foyer F, Ground Level, Adelaide Convention Centre.

Opening hours:

Sunday 7 May 2017
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Monday 8 May to Friday 12 May 2017
6:30am – 5:00pm

Industry Exhibition Hours of Operation
Tuesday 9 May 2017
10:00am – 5:00pm

Wednesday 10 May 2017
8:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday 11 May 2017
8:00am – 5:00pm

Friday 12 May 2017
8:00am – 4:00pm

Morning Teas, Lunches and Afternoon Teas
All morning teas, lunches and afternoon teas will be served in the industry exhibition area in Hall FG, Ground Level, Adelaide Convention Centre.

Special Dietary Requirements
Please note that the venue is responsible for all catering at the congress and RACS does not inspect or control food preparation areas or attempt to monitor ingredients used. You must contact the venue directly for all special dietary requirements during the event, irrespective of whether details have been provided to RACS. If RACS requests information about your dietary requirements for a specific event RACS will endeavour to forward the information provided to the venue (time permitting). RACS will not retain information provided for future events, so you must verify your requirements for each event. Even if information is requested or provided, RACS takes no responsibility for ensuring that the venue acknowledges your dietary requirements or that these requirements can be met. In all cases you must verify for yourself that your dietary requirements have been met and RACS refutes any and all liability for any failure to adequately provide your special dietary requirements or any consequential damage resulting from such failure.

Speakers’ Support
Signage will direct you to the speakers’ support centre in the convention centre. It is essential that all speakers check-in at the speakers’ support centre at your soonest convenience and in any case not less than 2 sessions prior to your presentation.

Scientific posters will be displayed electronically on poster stations located throughout the industry exhibition in Hall FG, Ground Level, Adelaide Convention Centre and will be available for viewing on the ASC Virtual Congress in addition to the abstract.

There will be no mounted posters.

Internet Facilities
Wireless internet will be available throughout Adelaide Convention Centre. Details will be made available during the congress.

Adelaide Convention Centre Car Parking
Undercover car parking is available at the Adelaide Convention Centre. For more information visit

Trading hours for general retail shops in the City of Adelaide are:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
9:00am – 7:00pm*
9:00am – 9:00pm*
9:00am – 5:00pm*
11:00am – 5:00pm*

*Check individual stores for exact times.