What meals are included in my registration?
A full COSAC registration includes all morning teas, afternoon teas, lunches and two dinners. Day-only registrations include:
Friday: afternoon tea and dinner
Saturday: lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
Sunday: morning tea and lunch
We do ask that you RSVP for dinner at the time of registration to assist with catering numbers. Breakfast will be available at Emmanuel College, but this will need to be booked and paid for separately. Details coming soon.
Is accommodation included in my registration?
No, accommodation must be booked separately. A group booking has been arranged with the Oaks River City Hotel. Full details and bookings can be found here.
Is there parking at the venue?
There is limited parking at Emmanuel College through Gate 4 on the grass area – see downloadable college map here.
Is there WiFi at the college?
Yes, there is free WiFi. A guest password will be available on arrival.
Who is the conference aimed at? Students? Scientists? Academics? The person in the street?
Yes! This conference is for everyone interested in exploring issues of science, faith and apologetics. ISCAST is a network of Christians, including scientists, theologians and other academics, students, pastors and others interested in engaging with the issues of Christian faith in “an age of science and technology”.
Our experience is that everyone is a student or layperson outside of their specialist area. Intense presentations focusing entirely on someone’s field of expertise are discouraged and presentations are generally valuable to a wide range of interested people.
Do I need to attend the full conference?
No, you don’t have to. There are session and day visitor rates. That said, we would encourage you to attend the full conference so that you can benefit from the fellowship with other Christians who are wrestling with these issues. If you only wish to attend an individual session, please visit the registration desk during COSAC.
I have a book that I would like to bring and sell; is it OK for me to bring along?
Yes! Please price your books and leave them at the registration desk for cash-only sales.
How long is my presentation?
Presentations should be 15 to 20 minutes, which will allow time for discussion afterwards – the timeslot allocated is 30 minutes and time limits will be strictly adhered to.
What are the technical requirements for my presentation?
Please bring your presentation on a USB or email to the office in the week prior and we will load it for you.
Please make sure you arrive in the room at least 10 minutes prior to your session (or group of sessions in the case of back to back sessions) to check that your presentation runs.
Please use Powerpoint (or a PDF file) as we cannot guarantee any other sort of file will be compatible with our equipment.
Can I use audio in my presentation?
Please notify the office prior to Friday 16th of March if you need audio with your presentation or if you have any other requirements.
Do I need to provide handouts?
Participants will be given a program which contains your bio and abstract/descrtiption. If you wish, you may like to bring along some hard copies of your presentation or some useful notes to give out to participants. If you wish to do this, get in touch with the office in the week before COSAC to find out how many copies we recommend.
Will conference proceedings be published?
We hope to publish many of the COSAC presentations on the ISCAST website, either as opinion (unrefereed) or as refereed articles (subject to blind peer review). If you would like your talk published (please consider doing so!), please consult the guidelines for authors at http://iscast.org/journalpage for formatting and referencing requirements, and submission information.
As well as online publication, we hope that ISCAST will publish a book of proceedings from the conference (in a new “ISCAST science and Christian faith” series). If this is the case, you will hear from us again about the possibility of including your presentation.