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    First call for abstracts:

    5th Biennial Motor Control & Human Skill Research Workshop

    Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia
    Thursday 27th - Sunday 30th January, 2000


    Dear Colleagues,

    We would like to invite you to join us for the
    5th Biennial Motor Control & Human Skill Research Workshop,
    27th - 30th January, 2000 in Surfers Paradise, Australia.

    Web: http://www51.gu.edu.au/mc_conf/index.htm

    This will be the fifth biennial meeting that has, since 1991, been
    organised in Perth by Prof. Dennis Glencross and Dr. Jan Piek of
    Curtin University. We are pleased to announce that the next meeting
    will be held in Surfers Paradise, in the beautiful Gold Coast region
    of tropical Queensland, Australia. The conference will be hosted by
    the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, at Griffith
    University, Gold Coast.

    DATES
    Thursday 27th - Sunday 30th January, 2000
    Although previously held in December, the next conference will be at
    the end of January 2000. A major reason for this is that the 3rd
    Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics Conference (ABC3)
    will also be hosted by School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at
    Griffith University Gold Coast the following two days, Monday 31st
    January and Tuesday 1st Feb, 2000. Thus, it is a great opportunity for
    you to attend both conferences - at a 25% discounted rate!

    JOINT BIOMECHANICS CONFERENCE
    The 3rd Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics Conference
    (ABC3) will also be hosted by School of Physiotherapy and Exercise
    Science at Griffith University Gold Coast immediately following the
    5th Biennial Motor Control conference on Monday 31st January and
    Tuesday 1st February, 2000. There will be a 25% reduced rate for dual
    registration (see below). For further details on ABC3, and submission
    of abstracts (deadline: Sept 1), please contact:
    Rod Barrett, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Griffith
    University, PMB 50 Gold Coast, QLD 9726, Australia.
    Email: r.barrett@mailbox.gu.edu.au
    Web: http://www51.gu.edu.au/abc3/index.htm

    INVITED SPEAKERS
    We hope to have several keynote speakers. At present, we
    confirmation that Professor Bill Warren from Brown University, USA,
    will present his research on the dynamics and visual control of human
    gait and posture.
    Please see: http://www.cog.brown.edu/~warren/
    We are very excited about Prof. Warren's attendance and expect the
    conference to begreatly enriched by his presence. We are also in the
    process of confirming other keynote speakers; more details to follow
    later.

    WORKSHOP
    Prof. Warren will conduct a 3-hour workshop on the afternoon of
    Thursday, 27th January, prior to the Welcome cocktails. The workshop
    will offer attendees the chance to gain valuable hands-on insight into
    research on perception-action coupling, and how this links in with the
    dynamics of movement.

    PRESENTATIONS
    We invite high quality submissions for either oral or poster
    presentation.
    Oral: Presentations are expected to be approximately 30 minutes.
    Posters: These will be a special highlight and will be on display
    throughout the conference and will be a focus of the final day.

    IMPORTANT DATES
    Abstract submission deadline: September 1, 1999
    Abstract acceptance notification: October 1, 1999
    Early registration deadline: November 8, 1999
    Conference: January 27 - 30, 2000

    ABSTRACT SUBMISSION (see end of this email for form):
    Deadline: September 1st, 1999.
    Please, type your abstract on a single page, using 12 pt font (Times
    New Roman preferred), MS Word (preferred), and .RTF format (or if not
    possible, as a simple text file). Maximum words = 350. Start with the
    title, followed by the names of the authors, affiliation, address, and
    email address. Please email as an attachment (YourName.RTF) to:
    Dr. Paul Treffner, email: p.treffner@mailbox.gu.edu.au.

    Please do not use any special encoding. Figures can be embedded in
    document. Do not use EPS format. Large files should be compacted and
    Zipped. Alternatively, send the abstract as a hard copy and on a disk
    (IBM or Mac format, with 2 files - the original MS Word and a
    text-only file) to Paul Treffner at the address below. Include the
    completed Abstract Submission form shown below, and specify whether
    you prefer an oral or poster mode of presentation. Abstracts will be
    reviewed by the Scientific Committee and notification sent by October
    1st, 1999.

    PUBLICATION
    Abstracts of accepted papers will be published in the Conference
    Proceedings available during the Conference. Also, as with previous
    Workshops, we hope to publish accepted papers in a special issue of a
    relevant journal (previously we published in a special issue of Human
    Movement Science).

    STUDENT AWARD
    As with the 1997 Perth meeting, there will be a $200 Denis Glencross
    award for the best poster presented by a student. We feel such an
    incentive can only improve what are typically excellent student
    presentations.

    VENUE
    We shall be holding the conference beside the beach at the splendid
    5-star Watermark Hotel in the heart of Surfers Paradise.

    ACCOMMODATION
    Although accommodation is plentiful in Surfers Paradise, we recommend
    the conference location, the Watermark Hotel. Room rates will be,
    without breakfeast: $105, or with breakfeast: $110/$125 (single/double
    occupancy). Keeping everyone in the same place will facilitate a
    relaxed stroll to the conference facilities, and enhanced social
    opportunities. Alternative accommodation is also plentiful in Surfers
    Paradise. Further accommodation choices and booking details will be
    sent out later with the conference registration form.

    PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME
    Thursday, 27th January
    2 - 5: Perception-action workshop with Prof. Bill Warren.
    6 - 8: Registration; Welcome party and cocktails.

    Friday, 28th
    8.00 Registration
    8.30-9.30: Keynote address:
    Prof Bill Warren: Visual control of posture and locomotion
    9.30- 5.30: Talks and sessions

    Saturday, 29th
    8.30-9.30: Keynote address
    9.30 - 5.30: Talks and sessions
    7 pm: Conference Banquet

    Sunday, 30th
    8.30 - 12.30: Talks and sessions; Poster Session
    12.30: Dennis Glencross Award presentation
    2 - 3.30: Round table & discussion: "Towards 3000: a new millennium
    for motor control research?" 4-6: Jaider de Oliveira: Polyrhythmic
    music performance and coordination workshop. 6: Closing remarks.

    REGISTRATION FEES
    Previous Workshop registration fees were very reasonable due to Curtin
    University's subsidies. Thus, a moderate increase in fees is
    inevitable. Registration costs will include all facilities: coffee
    breaks, full buffet lunch each day, a Welcome Party on Thursday night,
    entertainment, and the Conference Banquet on Saturday evening.

    SINGLE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
    5th Biennial Motor Control and Human Skill Research Workshop:
    EARLY REGISTRATION - before November 8, 1999:
    Professional: $330, Student: $200
    LATE REGISTRATION - after November 8, 1999:
    Professional: $370, Student: $220

    JOINT CONFERENCE REGISTRATION (incl. 25 % discount!):
    5th Biennial Motor Control and Human Skill Research Workshop
    and also ABC3 Conference:
    EARLY REGISTRATION - before November 8, 1999:
    Professional: $400, Student: $260
    LATE REGISTRATION - after November 8, 1999:
    Professional: $440, Student: $290

    Please do not send conference registration payment yet. Conference
    registration details will be sent at a later date, after the Abstract
    Submission deadline of September 1st. However, do submit your abstract
    as soon as possible!

    SOCIAL PROGRAMME
    Given the remarkable leisure environment of the Gold Coast region,
    there will be ample opportunity for attendees and accompanying persons
    to visit local attractions and practice their motor skills (e.g., surf
    beaches, rainforest treks, theme parks: Movie World, Sea World,
    Wet'n'Wild, etc). The Welcome Party on Thursday evening is not to be
    missed. Likewise, on Saturday night will be the conference banquet at
    a local ocean-side restaurant. W eare also excited about the
    entertainment planned for Sunday afternoon: a polyrhythmic music
    performance and workshop with Jaider De Oliviera, a Brazilian
    musician and one-man samba orchestra. Not to be missed, Jaider uses
    electronic techniques to create, on stage, simultaneous multiple
    rhythms using about 20 different acoustic instruments (percussion,
    guitars, etc). A subsequent participatory workshop led by Jaider will
    provide attendees with hands-on experience in bimanual movement,
    skill acquisition, and potentially, motor slips and coordination
    disorders!

    CLIMATE
    Late January is the middle of Summer in Queensland, so the climate
    will be very warm during the day and very pleasant during the
    evening. As they say on the coast, "Beautiful one day, perfect the
    next".

    ORGANISING and SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE:
    Dr. Paul Treffner,
    School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science,
    Griffith University,
    Gold Coast, PMB 50, QLD 9726, Australia.
    p.treffner@mailbox.gu.edu.au
    http://www.nhs.gu.edu.au/staff/treffner/ptreffner.htm
    Phone: (07) 55 948215; Fax: (07) 55 948674

    Dr. Jan Piek,
    School of Psychology,
    Curtin University,
    Perth, WA, Australia.
    j.piek@psychology.curtin.edu.au
    Phone: (08) 9266 7990; Fax: (08) 9266 2464

    Dr. Steven Morrison,
    School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science,
    Griffith University,
    Gold Coast, PMB 50, QLD 9726, Australia.
    s.morrison@mailbox.gu.edu.au
    Phone: (07) 55 948917; Fax: (07) 55 948674

    I hope you will consider attending our conference(s). Further details
    regarding registration will follow later. If you have any questions
    regarding the conference, please do not hesitate to contact me. We
    look forward to seeing you in Surfers Paradise in 2000!

    Best Wishes,
    Paul Treffner


    ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FORM
    ***Deadline for abstract submission: SEPTEMBER 1, 1999***
    Please PRINT, and tick boxes [ ] where applicable.

    Full Name:_____________________________________________ __

    Affiliation:______________________________________ _____

    Mailing address:__________________________________________ _

    __________________________________________________ ______


    Telephone:_____________________

    Fax:__________________________

    Email:____________________________________________ _______

    Please tick:
    I plan to attend ONLY the 5th Biennial conference [ ]
    I plan to attend BOTH conferences (5th Biennial AND ABC3) [ ]

    I plan to submit an Abstract to 5th Biennial Workshop [ ]

    Preliminary title:_________________________________________

    I would prefer an ORAL presentation [ ]
    I would prefer a POSTER presentation [ ]


    I plan to attend the Workshop with Bill Warren [ ]

    I would like to stay at the Watermark hotel [ ]


    Please email abstract and above form to Paul Treffner:
    p.treffner@mailbox.gu.edu.au
    or send files on disk by surface mail to:

    Paul Treffner,
    School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
    Griffith University,
    Gold Coast, PMB 50,
    QLD 9726,
    Australia.
    _________________________________________
    Paul Treffner, PhD,
    School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
    Griffith University
    Gold Coast, PMB 50, QLD 9726
    Australia.
    p.treffner@mailbox.gu.edu.au
    http://www.nhs.gu.edu.au/staff/treffner/pTreffner.htm
    Tel: +61 7 55 948215 Fax: +61 7 55 948674
    _________________________________________
    Paul Treffner, PhD,
    School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
    Griffith University
    Gold Coast, PMB 50, QLD 9726
    Australia.
    p.treffner@mailbox.gu.edu.au
    http://www.nhs.gu.edu.au/staff/treffner/pTreffner.htm
    Tel: +61 7 55 948215 Fax: +61 7 55 948674

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