Doom 13


The Interface of Mathematics and Biology
The 17th Annual New Zealand Phylogenomics Meeting

Sunday 3rd - Friday 8th February 2013

**Last updated 31 January 2013**

Programme (PDF, 256 KB) - The programme for the conference.

Emerald Lakes[Massey logo]Location

Mount Ruapehu,
North Island,
New Zealand

Conference co-ordinators:

Gillian Gibb and Simon Hills
Massey University,
Palmerston North,
Email: or


A workshop on the latest developments in phylogenomics and genome analysis, will be held at the Skotel, Whakapapa village, by the active volcanoes Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe (the setting for Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings trilogy).

This workshop will be the 17th annual New Zealand meeting on the interface of mathematics and biology in the study of phylogenomics and quantitative molecular evolution. It will be held in the spectacular volcanic plateau region (Tongariro National Park) of the central North Island.

Visit the Skotel website for location details. There is a variety of accommodation choices at the skotel ranging from backpacker accommodation with self catering to serviced deluxe double rooms. The skotel has special rates for participants of the meeting and is the actual site for presentations and lectures. The venue is very family friendly.

Lower Tama LakePrevious conferences:

South 2012
Leigh 2011
Doom 10
Kaikoura 09
Whitianga 08


Doom 07
Kaikoura 06
Whitianga 05
Doom 04
Kaikoura 03

Whitianga 02
Doom 01 - info (PDF, 25 KB)
Ruahine 00
Kaikoura 99

Mordor Pre-registration information:

Attendance numbers for Doom13 will be limited to 50-60. As in previous years we will select a number of those who pre-register, to ensure good mix of attendees (maths/biology, student/academic, domestic/overseas, etc). Selected pre-registrants will be informed by mid September, when we will provide details for payment options. We will also advise accommodation options at that time, as we are negotiating discounted rates for Doom13 attendees at the Skotel.

Registrations for Doom 13 are now closed. If you are interested in attending, but have not registered you can be added to the waiting list by emailing Simon at

Registration fees:

Academics $300NZD
Students $200NZD

Getting there:

Whakapapa village is situated on Mount Ruapehu in the centre of the North Island. International visitors will normally arrive in New Zealand at one of the three main centres (Auckland, Christhchurch or Wellington). The nearest cities to Whakapapa village with airports are Palmerston North, Rotorua and Taupo. From these three cities, Whakapapa village is still at least 2 hours by car, train or bus.

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Things to do and see

The Visit Ruapehu website is an excellent source of information things of to do and see while visiting the region.

Mt Ruapehu Mt. Ngaurahoe (aka 'Mt. Doom')

Many thanks to Jim Whitfield for the high resolution images from Doom04.

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