From the Red Centre to the Red Planet: An Australian Role in Mars Exploration’


The Mars Society Australia will be holding its annual conference AMEC 2004 in Adelaide this year, over the weekend of July 31 - August 1.  The program will include a range of local and international speakers across both days, covering diverse disciplines including geology, astro-biology, psychology/human factors, biomedicine, engineering and robotics. The conference banquet will be held on the evening of Saturday 31 July.  Download a conference poster here.

ProgramBanquet - Registration - VenueAccommodation - Travel Information - Sponsors



Informal pre-conference drinks will be held this Friday evening (30th July) at the Federal Bar & Cafe at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel (ground floor), 125 North Terrace, Adelaide.

Registration will open at 8.15am, with the conference formally commencing at 9am each day.

The keynote speaker at this year’s conference will be Mr Neal Newman (NASA representative to Australia and South-East Asia), presenting ‘A New Vision for U.S. Space Exploration’.

Other speakers include:

View the full program here.  


A special conference banquet will be held on the evening of 31 July.

TIME: Beginning at 7.30pm with predinner drinks
LOCATION: Pioneer Room, 1st Floor, Mercure Grovenor Hotel, 125 North Terrace, ADELAIDE.
DRESS: Semi-formal/smart casual

Cost - $50 per person. It is essential to register for this by Friday 30th July (see below) to confirm a seat, though a small number of places will be available to registrants on Saturday morning.

Registration for AMEC2004 is now open.  Registration can be done online or by downloading a registration form here (pdf).  Both registration methods include an option to book a seat at the conference banquet.

Standard registration is $95.  Mars Society Australia members are eligible for a discounted registration rate of $80, with this rate available to new members who join at registration.  A further $15 discount is available to all students or registrants who hold a concession card. Single day registration will also be available to those interested in attending only one day

Registration will be available on the morning, though we encourage attendees to register online.



Centenary Building
Level 3 - Room 16 (C3-16)

School of Natural and Built Environments,
University of South Australia,
City East Campus,
Cnr North Terrace and Frome Rd,

(click here for on campus map or dowload print friendly pdf version)


Entry from North Terrace


There is a range of hotels and other types of accommodation in central Adelaide close to the conference venue. We would particularly like to recommend:

The Mercure Grovenor Hotel Adelaide

The hotel is offering AMEC2004 attendees special rates of
$85 per room - 3 star leisure suite for singe / twin/ double room
$115 per room - 4 star corporate suite for singe/ twin/ double room

To claim these rates book by phone and state you are attending the Mars Society Australia's annual conference (AMEC2004).

Mercure Grovenor Hotel Adelaide
125 North Terrace Adelaide
PO Box 8095 ADELAIDE South Australia 5000
Tel: 08 8407 8888

For budget travellers, the Royal Adelaide Hospital Nurses Quarters (opposite the conference venue) has a limited number of rooms available at

$17.60/person for shared single rooms or
$60 for 2 people - (2 bedroom apartments)

contact : Nina Stansfield to check on room availability
mobile: 0421 820 000



For information on public transport in the Adelaide metropolitan region visit Adelaide Metro

Some useful travel links for online booking of airfares are:

Virgin Blue -

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University of South Australia

AMEC 2004 is an official National Science Week Event