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SYSTANZ Meeting Feb 12th - 13th 2004


We are limited to 50 participants, so if you are interested in coming then you need to pre-register immediately [see below for details].


The 2004 SYSTANZ meeting will be held at the Skotel, Whakapapa Village, Nth Island. The Doom04 Biomathematics/Phylogeny meeting will follow the SYSTANZ meeting at the same location 15th - 20th February.


Wed 11th    Registration (for day1 & day2) 8pm Skotel, Whakapapa
Thu 12th    Plant species radiation presentations and workshop
            Registration (for day2) 5.30pm Skotel, Whakapapa
Fri 13th    Contributed papers from SYSTANZ community and AGM

Download a .pdf file of the programme.

Registration Fee:

The registration fee is requested from all participants and partners as the fee covers the cost of food.

1 day  $45 NZ 
2 days $80 NZ

Registration includes breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and the barbeque on thursday evening.


Payment of Registration fees can be made by credit card, eftpos, cash at registration (11th or 12th Feb).

Basic Accommodation:

We have booked out the Skotel Annex for accommodation. There are 5 singles, 12 twins, 1 dbl ensuite, a flat with 3 dbles. There is also some similar style shared accommodation in the actual Skotel building itself. The cost for this type of accommodation is $20 per person per night if you bring your own bedding (e.g. sleeping bag) or $25 per night if it is supplied by the Skotel. If you want this type of accommodation, then please indicate this to Joy Wood when you pre-register for the SYSTANZ meeting.

N.B. For students who require this type of accommodation SYSTANZ will pay the accommodation costs [max: 2 nights].

Other Accommodation:

There is more expensive accommodation at the Skotel and other accommodation available in the Village. There is also accommodation in National Park, but please note that National Park is 16km from the Skotel. If you want other accommodation then you need to book this directly yourselves. If you book Skotel accommodation please say you are part of the SYSTANZ meeting and you will receive 10% discount off their list prices.

How to Pre-register:

Please email Joy Wood with the following information:

  Contact details:
  Are you a student:                                      yes/no
  Days attending:                            12th/13th/both days
  Is Skotel Annex accommodation required:                 yes/no
  What night(s):                                 11th/12th /both 
  Type         [most available is shared]:single/dble/twin share

  Are you interested in giving a short
  presentation of your work (~20min):           Thursday  yes/no  
                                                 Friday  yes/no
  If yes - please provide title:
  (and email abstract to Joy Wood by 1 Dec)

How to get there:

Details on public transport available to get to the Skotel can be found through the web pages http://www.math.canterbury.ac.nz/bio/doom04/

Purpose of Thursday 12th meeting:

The meeting on Thursday 12th will involve short contributed presentations and discussions for those interested in plant species radiation in New Zealand. The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers with findings from the study of different New Zealand plant groups who are interested in contributing to jointly co-authored papers and talks we hope to present at the International Botanical Congress in Vienna in 2005 http://www.ibc2005.ac.at/.

A symposium proposal has been submitted to the committee for the International Botanical Congress which is to be held in Vienna in 2005. The theme of the proposed Symposium covers:

  • New Zealand as a testing ground for hypotheses on dispersal/vicariance
  • the impact of habitat on plant diversification
  • notable features of the New Zealand flora
  • the role of plant breeding systems in radiation
  • hybridisation in species radiation and
  • model plants in investigating the genetics underlying morphological and ecological diversification.

It is envisaged that each short talk in the proposed IBC symposium will represent a synthesis of findings from different research labs in New Zealand, and that direct links will be made to posters at the IBC detailing the primary authors' work.

Even in the advent that our symposium proposal is not successful we still plan to produce jointly co-authored papers that will be available electronically on the NZ Plant Species Radiation Group Web page. We will also investigate having these papers published in hard copy.