ANS History

ANS History

History and Foundation of ANS

The Australian Neuroscience Society was founded in 1971 as an informal collection of interested Australian neuroscientists. It held annual meetings with a central theme from 1972-1980. At the 1979 "Neurotoxins" meeting at Flinders, it was decided to form a proper society. At the 1980 Canberra meeting, a formal society was created with a council, which met for the first time on Thursday 7th February 1980. At the tenth annual meeting held at Flinders University in January 1981, the constitution of the Society was accepted and the Society became incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory during that year. Annual meetings have been held since 1980, usually in late January, early February. Abstracts were published by Elsevier in Neuroscience Letter Supplements 1982-1989, and are now published by the Society itself (1990 and continuing).

A special issue of Trends in Neurosciences celebrating neurosciences in Australia and focussing on ANS was published in February 1992 15(2).

The photos on this page are from the inaugural January 1981 ANS meeting and have kindly been provided by Laurie Geffen. Top right: Ian Chubb (pointing) and Ian Henry (looking startled with beer bottle) plus unidentified onlookers. Below left: Jim McCleod, Laurie Geffen, unknown and Jim Lance. Below right: Laurie Geffen, Mike Rand and Ivan de la Lande. Bottom left: George Fink, Hugh Niall (?) and Marcello Costa. Bottom right: Bob Porter and Saxon White.