Portobello 2018

The Interface of Mathematics and Biology
The 22nd Annual New Zealand Phylogenomics Meeting
5pm 11 February 2018 - midday Friday 16th February, 2018

Last updated 19 January 2018


Coronation Hall [google maps]
Otago Peninsula South Island
New Zealand

Conference co-ordinators:

David Bryant and Mike Hendy
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand
email: phylo18@maths.otago.ac.nz


The 22nd annual New Zealand meeting on the interface of mathematics and biology in the study of phylogeny, genome analysis and molecular evolution will be held at Portobello on Otago peninsula. This is a rejuvenated historic village about 30 minutes' drive from downtown Dunedin en route to Taiaroa Head and Otakou marae. Portobello is a convenient location from which to explore all that Otago peninsula - the 'Wildlife Capital of New Zealand' - has to offer. It is home to yellow-eyed penguins, blue penguins and the only human-inhabited mainland colony of royal albatrosses, as well as sea lions and fur seals, to name but a few of the residents. The conference schedule will include visits to local attractions.


Registrant numbers will be capped and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so prompt registration is advised. Registration is open nowclick here.

Payment by credit card can be made at the time of registration. All credit card payments are processed securely through the University of Otago's encrypted Credit Card Gateway system. Please complete registration by Friday 19 Jan.

Late registrations may still be accepted for the last remaining places. Email us.

Changes to your registration, eg additional dinner ticket $60, can be made on request by emailing phylo18@maths.otago.ac.nz. Please do not re-register. Talk abstracts can be uploaded using the link on your registration confirmation email before Wednesday 31 January 2018.

In the event of you having to cancel your registration after payment, please email us immediately. Refunds will generally only be made after the end of the conference for cancellations received before 31 December, and will be subject to an administration fee (normally $50). A partial refund may be possible for cancellations after 1 Jan 2018.


Otago Peninsula is a popular tourist destination all year round, especially so in summer. It is likely that much of the accommodation close to Portobello will be fully booked at the time of the conference. You are therefore strongly advised to book early.

There are many options for accommodation in and around Portobello. You may find the following helpful:

Otago peninsula: 

Air bnb:

Book a bach: 

Other accommodation may be available beyond Portobello in neighbouring bays as offered on the links listed.

Approximate driving times to/from Portobello:

Broad Bay: 5 mins
Company Bay: 8 mins
Macandrew Bay: 10 mins
Dunedin, Anderson's Bay: 20 mins
Dunedin, central: 30 mins

For those who choose to stay in Dunedin, see bus service information below.

Bus service:

There is a public bus service from Dunedin CBD to Otago Peninsula, route #18, which costs approximately $6 each way, less if travelling from Macandrew Bay. Buses depart from stand 5 outside New World supermarket on Cumberland St; Portobello 2018 schedule (PDF, 58 KB).

Transport to and from airport:

Portobello is approximately 45km from Dunedin airport and a pre-booked taxi shuttle from the airport to Portobello (one-way) normally costs approximately $50.

A pre-booked taxi shuttle from Dunedin airport to Dunedin CBD costs approximately $20 (one-way).

We will do minibus runs at 4 pm and 6 pm only from the railway station out to Portobello on Sunday 11 February. Please email phylo18@otago.ac.nz to book a place on this shuttle.

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Attended by the Biomathematics Research Centre