1997 Lorne Cancer Conference and its Virtual Conference (ELCC)

Yvonne Hamey hamey at LICRE.ludwig.edu.au
Fri Jan 17 02:58:22 EST 1997


The Lorne Cancer Conference has been steadily increasing in size since
the
first conference in 1989. For the last few years we have been at the
capacity of the facilities in Lorne, and hence have had to start turning
potential delegates away.  This year the Lorne Cancer Conference will be
held jointly with the American Association for Cancer Research, and
given
the excellent quality of the invited speakers: Allan Balmain, Mina
Bissell,
David Bowtel, Webster Cavanee, Robert Coffey Jr., Carlo Croce, Phillip
Crosier, Roger Daly, Raymond DuBois, Elaine Fuchs, Jennifer Gamble, Alan
Harris, Douglas Hilton, Bruce Kemp, Martin Lavin, Jun-Ping Liu, 
Frank P. McCormick, Harold L. Moses, Mat-thew O'Connell, Arthur B.
Pardee,
Anthony Pawson, Leanne Read,  David S. Salomon, Richard J. Simpson,
Robert
Sutherland, Fiona M. Watt, and Steven Wiley, we expect an even larger
interest from delegates from all over the world.  

In order to make this premier cancer research conference in Australia
more
accessible to both the local and international scientific communities,
we
have decided to organise an electronic extension of the 9th Lorne Cancer
conference. This will be the 1st Electronic Lorne Cancer Conference
(ELCC)
which will be held on  the Internet between March 4th -14th 1997. The
Conference will be sponsored by the Ludwig Institute for Cancer 
Research
and the CRC for Cellular Growth Factors, as well as several commercial
companies.

This electronic forum will enable delegates to access plenary and
symposium
lectures as well as posters presented at the Lorne Cancer Conference
from
within their own laboratories. The registration fee for this first
conference has been set to US $50 to facilitate maximum participation in
this exciting new venture. It is our belief that this not only will be
the
first-ever Cancer Research Web Conference, but it will be one of the
first
Web conferences to present the audio-visual version of all the invited
talks. We have been developing a novel concept in electronic
conferencing in
which the  talks and accompanying slides will be accessible  from the
conference site over the Internet. The talks can be played back using a
World Wide Web browser on a  delegate's computer provided it is
connected to
the internet and equipped with a sound card.  These accessories often
come
as standard equipment with newer computers, or can easily be installed
for a
minimal cost.  A sample talk is available now from the Conference
Website
http://www.ludwig.edu.au/lorne/elcc. 

In addition, as in the "physical conference", all ELCC registrants will
be
able to present data in an electronic poster format. Instructions on
setting
up such presentations are available from the conference home page
http://www.ludwig.edu.au/lorne/elcc. Each poster will have an electronic
bulletin board allowing discussions  between those presenting and those
viewing posters.

In order to enable delegates to interact in real time, there will also
be
three live discussion forums on the Web with the topics of Epithelial
Growth
Factors and Cancer, Growth Factor Receptor Signalling Mechanisms  and
Protein Kinases and Cancer. These sessions will allow participants to
exchange ideas live across different continents using only a computer
and a
keyboard.  

An electronic Trade Centre is also being organised for the ELCC to allow
commercial vendors to display and advertise their goods and services
electronically on the Internet. Each company will submit a Trade
Directory
listing the company's details and products of interest to the
Conference.
This listing could include links to special presentations, or selected
areas
on the company's own home page. This format will allow companies an
exciting
new method of advertising  their products, and will form a useful
electronic
data base of available instruments and reagents for delegates. 

In summary, the ELCC will offer new horizons for true interactive
international conferencing available to the whole scientific community.
However, as for all conferences, its ultimate strength will lie  not
only in
the quality of the invited speakers, but also the delegates themselves
and
the personal interac-tions which are formed. 

Demonstrations of talks and posters as well as on-line registration for 
the
1st Electronic Lorne Cancer Conference are available on our home page on
the
internet (http://www.ludwig.edu.au/lorne/elcc/).  For more details on
the
conference please contact  Ms. Lily Poon, Ludwig Institute for Cancer
Research, P.O. Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Vic. 3050,
Australia,
phone: (03) 9347 3155, fax (03) 9347 1938, email:
poon at licre.ludwig.edu.au.




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