A year ago New Zealand was strongly embraced in a Level-4 lockdown, families contained in their bubbles, physical and social distancing enforced, supermarket ques long and much of the population eagerly, not without trepidation, tuning in to the Prime Minister and Director General of Health for the daily briefing of new cases of covid-19, number of ICU cases and deaths. Now, a year later, New Zealand and Australia have just established a quarantine-free travel bubble opening the borders between the two countries, enabling families to reunite, international holidays and face-to-face conferences for participants from these two countries.

Unfortunately quarantine-free international travel between New Zealand and other nations remains off our radar and likely to be the case for the rest of 2021. However neuroscientists in New Zealand and Australia will be able to attend the Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research in Queenstown (30 August – 01 September, 2021) in person and are invited to co-register for PMC XIII VIRTUAL.

The Progress in Motor Control XIII Virtual conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce the preliminary programme for this year’s event, 29 August – 01 September 2021. We are thrilled to inform you that 27 speakers have accepted invitations to speak at the conference.

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The conference will be hosted by the University of Auckland in real time over three days (30 August to 01 September). The International Date Line, and time zone differences mean some participants will engage in the conference in their local time from 29-31 August. When your registration is activated you will receive a link indicating the log-in time adjusted to your location.

Information about accessing the event platform and participation will be provided closer to the conference start date.

Although the format this year has changed, Progress in Motor Control XIII 2021 will continue the tradition of inspirational invited talks, the awarding of the Early Career Investigator Award and the Bernstein Prize, the highest award of the International Society of Motor Control.

Again, we are truly disappointed that you cannot be here in person, but we do want to give you a glimpse of what is waiting for you in the future. Auckland is set in a spectacular location on shores of the Hauraki Gulf. As one of New Zealand’s premiere tourist destinations, the city offers something for everyone from buzzing foodie precincts to world-renowned vineyards and sandy beaches. Further afield, some of the great excuses to extend your stay in New Zealand include Lord of the Rings locations, stunning scenery, and adventure sports.

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We are looking forward to welcoming you virtually to Auckland in August 2021.

Associate Professor Greg Anson and Professor Winston Byblow Co Chairs, PMC-XIII 2021 VIRTUAL

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Key Dates

Registration opens
01 March 2021
Earlybird closes
01 July 2021
Conference dates
29 August - 1 Sept. 2021