The Australian Chlamydia Conference is a meeting that brings together human health, animal, and wildlife researchers with a focus on infections and disease caused by Chlamydia.

The conference aims to facilitate national and international collaborations on research efforts to reduce the disease burden of Chlamydia. In 2017, the conference will feature a series of plenary and invited talks over two days, a student poster session, and two Q and A panels on the hot topics in the Chlamydia field. The conference typically hosts 60 delegates from around Australia; 3-5 international delegates are also invited. The conference is hosted over two days with a ‘human Chlamydia’ theme on the first day and an ‘animal Chlamydia’ theme on the second day. Some delegates attend both days and some delegates who attend just one.

The conference will feature keynote presentations from leading international scientists. Professor Jacques Ravel is attending as the University of Technology Sydney Distinguished Visiting Scholar. He will speak on the role of the human vaginal microbiome in chlamydial disease (Day 1, Human Chlamydia). Professor Chengming Wang, sponsored by the Animal Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast, will speak on Day 2 (Animal Chlamydia) on the epidemiology and pathogenesis of chlamydial diseases in livestock.

2017 Chair – Dr Wilhelmina Huston

National Organising and Scientific Committee

  • Associate Professor Garry Myers (UTS)
  • Associate Professor Adam Polkinghorne (U. Sunshine Coast)
  • Professor Jane Hocking (U. Melbourne)
  • Professor Peter Timms (U. Sunshine Coast)

Local Organising Committee

  • Mark Thomas
  • Natalie Strange
  • Rami Mazraani
  • Samuel Kroon
  • Nicole Lima
  • Dr James Marsh
  • Dr Martina Jelocnik

The conference has a very exciting cross-discipline mix of attendees. Delegates include molecular biology researchers on Chlamydia from academic institutes, sexual health clinicians and professionals, epidemiologists, and sexual health industry members (such as diagnostic companies), and public health experts. This multi-disciplinary approach is designed to foster cross-fertilisation of the disciplines to help drive solutions for this major public and animal health burden.

The conference committee has formed an Equity and Diversity policy to ensure that gender, indigenous, and LGBTI matters and representatives are covered in the program and by the speakers.

We gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors: