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2021 Australian Pain Society 41st Annual Scientific Meeting

2021 Australian Pain Society 41st Annual Scientific Meeting In the IASP Global Year Against Back Pain18 - 21 April 2021 | National Convention Centre Canberra, ACT

We're Going Green!

The Australian Pain Society and DC Conferences are committed to producing environmentally friendly events. This is what we are doing to achieve this goal:

Conference App

Conference handbooks have not been produced since 2014. The APS conference handbook was, on average, 120 pages long and approximately 800 copies would be printed each year. By opting to use a conference app instead, the APS will have saved nearly 600,000 sheets of paper being used by the time APS 2021 rolls around.

The conference app provides delegates with more information than a handbook ever could; delegates can personalise their own program, read through a number of abstracts and information we couldn’t previously fit into the handbook, click through to view soft copy versions of submitted posters, connect with exhibitors and other delegates, plus so much more.


In 2021 APS will no longer be supplying conference satchels. We hope delegates and exhibitors will get behind our move away from offering something we are increasingly told “ends up in the bin”! Don't worry, we will be running competitions such as 'Oldest Conference Satchel' and 'Most Unique'. So dig through that cupboard of satchels you never got around to organising and bring yours along!

National Convention Centre Canbera

The National Convention Centre Canberra, are leaders in corporate social responsibility. They run a business that is ethical and accountable to the community, our delegates, guests, people and the environment.

NCCC work with OzHarvest Canberra, Communities@Work and Ronald McDonald House to support the local community.

They were also the first convention centre in Australia to donate surplus conference materials to children in need. In a twelve month period, they have sent 1,870 conference satchels, more than 900 stationary items, pens and water bottles to children in the Philippines and Timor-Leste, in partnership with Rotary and Make a Mark Australia.

For further information on the NCCC's sustainability initiatives please click here.

Reusable Cups

We all know how much that morning coffee helps get us through that first plenary session of the morning, but we urge all delegates to bring their reusable coffee cups with them. Only resuable ceramic cups will be available at the NCCC - no single use plastic cups! 

If every delegate used a reusable coffee cup instead of a one-use takeaway option we could save over 4000 cups going into land fill at APS 2021 alone! To purchase your Keep Cup contact the Secretariat or order one when you register - it will be waiting for you at the Registration Desk.

Bottled Water

We also ask all delegates to bring a reusable water bottle with them to the conference. Water will be, of course, available throughout the event, however only glasses and jugs will be offered.