On behalf of the organising committee I would like to extend to you a warm welcome and an invitation to join us for the annual scientific meeting of the Fertility Society of Australia in Hobart, Tasmania, 14 – 18 September 2019.

The local organising committee has chosen “The devil is in the detail” as the theme for the 2019 meeting, as details are extremely important to both patients, their gametes/embryos and the health of resultant offspring. With this theme in mind, we have put together a tremendously exciting program. As well as consideration of established details, some of the sessions will also focus on aspects of what details we cannot see (Beyond Human Vision), while others will consider details associated with preserving the inherit viability of gametes.

To ensure we create a productive conference, we have invited many distinguished international and national experts who will undoubtedly stimulate vigorous debate at the meeting.

As a conference destination Hobart offers a contrasting blend of heritage, scenery and culture, with world class activities. Nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington, Hobart combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty.

Hobart is Tasmania’s capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney. Located at the entrance to the Derwent River, its well-preserved surrounding bushland reaches close to the city centre and beaches line the shores of the river and estuary beyond. Award-winning restaurants offer fine dining experiences using the best Tasmanian produce recognised by the world’s best chefs, while on the waterfront punts and fishmongers sell seafood straight from the Southern Ocean. Enjoy the contrast of elegant heritage sandstone alongside modern architecture. Take a walk along Hobart’s iconic waterfront, explore the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery or take a ferry up river to MONA for an out-of-this-world modern art experience.

It is all so easy to fall for the many charms of this quietly buzzing city that hits fever pitch at festival time.
It will be a delight to welcome you all in Hobart in September 2019. Make sure to mark it in your diary!

Petra Wale
Convenor, FSA 2019