Welcome to ICP13

General Information

Climate

Sydney is temperate and sunny all year. With seasons reversed in the Southern Hemisphere, September is the first month of spring in Sydney. The average daytime temperatures in Sydney in September are around 16°C while high temperatures can hit peaks of 20°C on warmer days. Although the weather is warming in September, Sydney can experience some chilly westerly winds this month.

Currency

The currency in Australia is Australian dollar. Current exchange rates can be obtained from your bank. All major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia.

Tipping

Service charges are not added to accounts by hotels and restaurants. You may tip hotel porters and restaurant wait-staff (up to 10% of the bill) if you wish to acknowledge exceptional service. At any time, tipping is your choice.

Electricity

In Australia the power plugs and sockets are of type I. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. If your country uses the same mains voltage as Australia all you need is a power adapter. This enables you to plug your appliance into the sockets in Australia. Visitors from New Zealand do not need either a voltage converter or power adapter. Your appliances will work in Australia.

Safety and Risk

Sydney is like any other major city, it's not crime free, but it is relatively safe, particularly in the main tourist areas. With a rating of 88% Australia, is ranked 10th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest countries.

Ocean Safety in Australia

Staying safe at Australian beaches is as easy as following some basic rules. Where possible, always swim or surf at patrolled beaches.

As always let someone know where you are going and when you will be back. Better still, head there with friends.

Don't swim alone, particularly if you are not a strong swimmer. Even if you are a strong swimmer know your limitations, the surf can be very rough and conditions can change quickly.

Never dive into water, even if it looks deep enough. Sandbars can occur anywhere, and they're hard to spot. Lifeguards deal with almost as many spinal injuries as drownings.

When at patrolled beaches, the first thing to do is pay attention to any signage, particularly if the signs say the beach is closed. This is not because the lifeguards are on strike, it's because the water is considered too dangerous. This could be because of rips, shark sighting, jellyfish etc. Don't disobey any signage or instructions from lifeguards, they are there for your safety.

When lifeguards are on patrol, the safest place to swim is between the red and yellow flags. The flags are placed at either end of the areas of the ocean the lifeguards consider to be safe to swim in. These spots are also for swimmers only – if you are surfing don't do it between the flags (lifeguards may confiscate your board) – surfing spots at patrolled beaches are delineated by black and white checkered flags. Swimmers should avoid these areas unless you want to cop a board to the head.

Make it easier for lifeguards to keep so many people safe by following their directions. They will use whistles, sirens, loudspeaker announcements, hand signals and verbal directions to keep beach-goers safe.

In case of an emergency

Australia's primary emergency call service number is triple zero (000), which can be dialed from any fixed or mobile phone, pay phones and certain Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. When you dial Triple Zero (000) you will first hear the recorded message: 'You have dialled emergency Triple Zero. Your call is being connected.' An operator will answer your call and ask whether you need police, fire and rescue, or ambulance. There are also two secondary emergency call service numbers—112 and 106. 112 is available from all GSM or GSM derived mobile phones. 106 connects to the text-based relay service for people who have a hearing or speech impairment. All calls to the emergency numbers, whether from fixed, mobile, pay phones or VoIP services are free-of-charge.

Expression of Interest

Key Dates

  • Call for Abstracts Open1st September 2018
  • Super Early Bird Registration1st – 7th September 2018
  • Early Bird Registration8th September 2018
  • Early Bird Registration Close17th March 2019
  • Standard Registration18th March 2019
  • Call for Abstracts Close1st May 2019
  • Final Notification of Abstracts17th May 2019
  • Final Presenters Registration Date24th May 2019
  • ICP13 2nd – 6th September 2019