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Life Support AAS2022, Deakin University 23-26 November


Registration to the conference opened on 13 September, the Early Bird period ended on 21 October. Please note that you do not have to pay upon registration, you have 15 days to settle your fees (the payment period will shorten as we get closer to the conference). If you cannot attend the whole conference due to other commitments please contact us via email: admin(a)

Conference fees are considerably lower for members of the AAS. This is to encourage people to join and support the association organising the AAS conferences. You can read about the society and its activities beside the conference on the AAS website. For mor information about membership, please visit the membership page.

Please note that from this year the AAS and the Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand (ASAA/NZ) have agreed to offer member rates at their conferences to the members of both organisations.


If you cancel your registration by notifying us by email before the 1st of November, we will be able to refund your registration fee, less a small amount to cover our administrative and finance costs. Cancellations made after the 1st of November will not be eligible for such a refund, due to the costs already incurred. Refunds at that point will be discretionary.

Registration rates:

  • Non-member 540 AUD
  • Member 450 AUD
  • Concession non-member 360 AUD
  • Concession member 310 AUD

    Key dates

  • Early Bird Registration: 13 September to 21 October
  • Last day to book accommodation with the Deaking Residential Services: 19 October
  • Conference dates: 23 to 26 November

The conference fee includes 3 lunches and 5 tea/coffee breaks. The conference dinner ticket is charged-for extra, costing 60 AUD, to be booked at the time of registration. Accommodation is not included in the registration fee. Conference delegates can stay at the Warn Ponds Estate - more information below. The conference prebooked a number of rooms at the Deakin Residential services, but these are now full. Delegates staying at the DRS will receive a booking confirmation and check-in instructions via email. You can always arrange your own accommodation by using, AirBnB or other similar services.

Covid conference procedure

The AAS conference is an in-person event that is happening in the context of the ongoing threat of Covid-19. While we acknowledge our need to do what we arguably do best - be social! - we do not want the conference to be a super-spreader event. We will do what we can to make this possible, but a lot of responsibility rests with delegates.

To put it in perspective, the road toll in Australia for the past three years has resulted in an average loss of 191 lives per year (TAC); almost twice as many lives were lost to Covid-19 in October 2022 alone (Aust.Govt.). People still wear seatbelts and, arguably, we should also still be wearing masks.

Please consider your own safety and the comfort of others:

  • Wear a well-fitted mask
  • Sanitise regularly
  • Social distance; be aware of the personal space of others
  • Facilitate and insist upon good ventilation (keep windows open as much as possible)

The venue is quite an open space and larger events like the dinner and the keynotes can be accommodated in outdoor and/or well-ventilated spaces (though weather will play a part!).

Sanitiser will be widely available.

Delegates are advised to bring enough masks for their personal use throughout the conference. It will be possible to purchase a limited number of N95 masks at the venue.

Delegates may also invest in a personal Co2 sensor to monitor the air quality of rooms. Here's some information about air quality and the spread of Covid: COVID Is Airborne. CO2 Sensor Can Help Stop It

These devices have come down a lot in price since the pandemic began and are now quite affordable. Something like this is quite affordable and - while not wildly accurate! - they do give a reasonable indication of fluctuations in PPM of Co2.

The following links are provided for your information:

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Victoria
Deakin COVIDSafe
Waurn Ponds Estate - Working Towards Our New Normal
The Conversation - Reducing COVID transmission by 20% could save 2,000 Australian lives this year

Anti-harassment policy

Safer Community is a free, confidential support service for staff and students who experience concerning, threatening, inappropriate or uncomfortable behaviour.

At this year’s conference a member of the Deakin University Safer Community team will be present onsite during the first two days of the conference (Wednesday and Thursday). Throughout the three days of the conference, the Safer Community team will be contactable via phone on 9244 3734 or email at between 9am and 4pm.

An online reporting mechanism is also available and can be used throughout the conference to confidentially report any problematic behaviour. All reports will be dealt with by in accordance with the Deakin Privacy Policy. No one at the AAS, NomadIT, or the Deakin conference committee will have access to disclosures.

Deakin University Campus Security is also available 24/7 for more immediate concerns, on 1800 062 579. In the event of an emergency please contact Triple Zero 000.


The Waurn Ponds Estate is a a corporate centre featuring 60 on-site accommodation rooms and a swimming pool, set into the green relaxing grounds of the university campus. It also one of the conference venues.

Accommodation details:

  • North and west facing rooms
  • Two sets of adjoining rooms
  • Two suite rooms, one with a spa bath
  • 20 standard rooms
  • 35 standard-plus rooms
  • Each accommodation room contains tea and coffee making facilities, bar fridge, bathroom with walk-in shower, desk, split system heating/cooling
  • Majority of our rooms can be twinned (at an additional fee)
  • Complimentary wi-fi
  • Complimentary free parking
  • An outdoor heated pool and spa (open 7am – 6pm daily)
  • Expansive grounds with 5km walking track
  • Gymnasium equipped with treadmill, elliptical, bike, row machine, dumbbells and cable fly machine
  • Check in from 2pm and check out at 10am
  • Breakfast service is between 7.30am – 9am. Breakfast is selected from an itemised menu. Buffet breakfast available to cater for larger groups.

Book market

There will be no publishers present at this year’s AAS meeting. (They will be available at the CHASS conference the following week in Melbourne, of which AAS is a part). Instead, delegates who have books to sell are invited to bring their books – old and new! – to sell directly to your colleagues.

You don’t need to register to bring along a box of books, just turn up and hand your wares over to a friendly volunteer to safely stash in a secure room. You can choose to sit and sell your books yourself during breaks or you can leave them to fly off the shelves themselves in exchange for the honest transfer of funds directly to your account. Volunteers may be available to help but cannot be guaranteed.

In order to get paid you can insist on cash OR you can set up PayID so that people can transfer money to your account directly using your phone number or email address. It’s very easy to set up via your online banking app. See: If you’re keen to BUY books please also set up PayID.

So, don’t be shy; your colleagues will be hanging around with nearly three years of conference-spending-money burning a hole in their pockets!