On Thursday evening 6 - 8pm (after
the Bill Warren Workshop), there will be a Welcome Party with
complimentary drinks and snacks at the Pool and Veranda Bar, Watermark
Hotel. All welcome!
Banquet & Polyrhythm Workshop/Performance
The Conference Banquet on Saturday
night is at Mermaids Cafe & Bar - a beautiful oceanside
establishment in Burleigh Heads
literally 5m from the waves (see them on LIVE cam). Both
vegetarian and non-vegetarian (meat/fish) dishes will be available on the
We are also rather excited about some entertainment envisaged for
Saturday night before and after the Conference Banquet: a polyrhythmic
workshop and performance with the amazing Jaider De Oliviera, a Brazilian
musician and one-man percussion and samba orchestra! Jaider uses
electronic recording techniques to create, on stage, multiple rhythms
using about 20 different instruments (percussion, guitars, birimbau,
The pre-Banquet workshop will
provide attendees with hands-on experience in bimanual movements, motor
skill, and potentially unintentional coordination disorders!! His musical
performance after our meals also promises to be memorable.
Lunch: Awards & Guest Speaker
After the Denis Glencross Student
Poster Award is presented, we will have a special Guest Speaker. Have you
ever wondered what motor control is like at extremely high
velocities...like 300 kph?!
Mr. Frank Gardner, Australian motor racing
legend, will tell us what this means in terms of perception and action:
"Real motor control
at 300 kph!"
Frank was instrumental 10 years ago
in developing the Performance
Driving Centre (PDC).
With his many years of experience in
motor sport and development, he has made this experience available in the
form of 2-day intensive safe driving technique seminars and practice on a
racing track at Norwell,
Queensland. We in the
School of Physiotherapy & Exercise Science have strong research links
with PDC and have a project to study the biomechanics
and dynamics of safe driving technique. Frank and driving instructors
from PDC plan to attend Bill Warren's workshop which should make the
occasion especially interesting for those interested in the visual
control of locomotion.
Around Surfers Paradise
the remarkable environment of the Gold Coast region, there will be
opportunity for attendees to visit local attractions (e.g., surf beaches,
rainforest treks, Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild, etc) and thus
practice their motor skills.
For further information on Surfers Paradise, the Rainforest, the Sea, and
the Sights, try:
If you like the waves, beach, and
surfing, take a look at what to expect with LIVE video from CoastalWatch, a
surf-cam company designed by the School of Physiotherapy & Exercise
Science's very own web-wizard/entrepreneur, Chris Lane (see him at the
conference - he's the one in the surfer shorts!):
Also check out the LIVE video feed
of the waves at the new artificial reef being constructed at Narrowneck
(Main Beach, Surfers Paradise).