The Annual New Zealand Phylogenetics Conference

February 9-14th 2003

Photographs from the conference.
Registrations - The list of people who attended the conference.

Abstracts (Word, 75 KB) - The list of talk abstracts.
Program (Word, 32 KB) - The final program for the conference.


This years conference will take place in Kaikoura, a small seaside town on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island.

The Kaikoura website is an excellent source of information on things to see and do during your stay.

Other relevant events:

There was also a week-long international workshop on Combinatorics and Combinatorial Aspects of Biology being in the North Island of New Zealand in January 2003.

The New Zealand Bioinformatics Conference was held this year at Te Papa, Wellington in February 2003. Our bioinformatics talks will be mon-wed so participants can both meetings if they wish.

The Venue:

The meeting will be held at the Edward Percival Field Station. The Field Station is located on Kaikoura's Esplanade on the waterfront, within walking distance from the town centre.

The teaching laboratory at the Edward Percival Field Station was built primarily to provide accommodation and laboratory facilities for University of Canterbury undergraduate field courses. More info on the Edward Percival Field Station can be obtained from their website.

Previous conferences

Whitianga 02
Doom 01
Ruahine 00
Kaikoura 99


Download the program (Word, 32 KB) and abstracts (Word, 75 KB). The evening on Sunday, 9 February, has been set aside for reception and informal discussion.

Talks are to be 15 mins in length - plus up to 5 minutes for questions and/or discussion. The first talk will begin at 8:30am on Monday, 10 February.

The conference will finish at midday Friday, 14 February.

Registration fee:

Students NZ$50
Non-students NZ$100

Please make payment by cheque before 1 February 2003, or payment can be made with cash upon arrival. Cheques should be made out to "Biomathematics Research Centre" and mailed to:
    Mike Steel
    Biomathematics Research Centre
    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800, Christchurch
    New Zealand

Old timers discount:

If you have come to the last three conferences (or four of the last five), you pay half the registration fee.


Mt. Fyffe (1600m) - hike
Mountain run - secret circuit, Charles Semple
Alpine adventure - Mike Steel
4WD trip up Mt. Alexander
Whale watch
Swim with the dolphins or seals

[Kaikoura by the sea]Getting to Kaikoura

Kaikoura is roughly halfway between Blenheim and Christhurch on State Highway 1. It is approximately 2.5 hours drive from Christchurch and 1.75 hours from Blenheim.

Rental cars are available from:

Bus / Shuttle information is available from:


Delegates are to arrange their own accomodation. The Panorama Motel and the Anchor Inn Motel are recommended as they are situated near to the conference venue. Additional accommodation information can be found at the Kaikoura information website

There is also free shared/backpacker style accomodation available for students at the Marine Lab. Spaces are limited and you will need your own sleeping bag.

Conference co-ordinators:

  • Biomathematics Research Centre
    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800, Christchurch
    New Zealand
  • Prof. Mike Steel
    Phone +64 3 364 2987 ext 7688
    Fax: +64 3 364 2587
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