ESA Welcome Drinks

Walk among the dinosaurs at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery (QVMAG), 2 Invermay Rd, Invermay TAS 7248!

The ESA Welcome Drinks will be held on Sunday, 24 November from 5.30pm – 6.30pm at the QVMAG, a 10-15 minute walk from the Conference Venue.

A ticket for the Welcome Drinks is included with all full and Monday registrations. You can also purchase additional tickets below if you would like to bring a guest.

ESA Conference Dinner

Travel back in time to Van Diemen’s Land. Jump aboard a barge and immerse yourself in the daring escapades of notorious bushranger Matthew Brady in 1825.

The ESA Organising Committee are excited to annouce that the ESA Conference Dinner will be held on Wednesday, 27 November from 7.00pm – 10.30pm at the infamous Penny Royal Launceston.

We have two (2) pricing options for the Conference Dinner, both prices include drinks on arrival and return bus transfers:

  • $100 for a 3 course sit down dinner, or
  • $50 for a tavern casual meal.

ESA Quiz Night

The ESA Quiz Night will be held on Thursday, 28 November from 5.30pm – 8.30pm.

There is no ticket cost for the ESA Quiz Night but refreshments on the evening will be at your own expense. Ensure you indicate your attendance during your online registration process.


Tasmania from the ground down… Explore the world below us.

Date: Thursday 28 November
Venue: Tramsheds Launceston (4 Invermay Rd, Launceston)
Time: 7pm -9:15pm

Ticket price

Earlybird tickets – $10 for ESA delegates who register by 31 October

Standard tickets – $12 for ESA delegates who register after 31 October

Standard tickets – $15 for non-ESA delegates

SIXTEEN LEGS is a nature documentary like no other. Featuring Neil Gaiman alongside appearances by Stephen Fry, Tara Moss, Adam Hills, and Mark Gatiss, and with a score co-written and performed by Kate Miller-Heidke, SIXTEEN LEGS tells the story of the world beneath our feet through 6 years of filming, over 25 years of scientific research, and hundreds of millions of years of evolution.

Journey into a shadowy world of weird animals and strange rock formations, overseen by giant prehistoric spiders trying to find love in the dark. Meet animals that outlasted the dinosaurs, survived the splitting of the continents and that have endured the entirety of human civilisation in Australia’s deepest caves. As the world seemingly descends into the next period of global mass extinction, a message of hope comes from an unlikely hero: a creature, often reviled, that has survived previous mass extinctions and climatic change in a magical ecosystem hidden beneath one of the world’s last great wildernesses.

With award-winning imagery and a dark-fantasy twist, this real-world “Charlotte’s Web” takes you on an adventure through an ecosystem that preceded us and may still outlast us.

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Followed by filmmaker and scientist Q&A.

Proceeds will support the Bookend Trust’s work supporting students studying unknown aspects of the natural world.

“A playful, stunning documentary… as epically gorgeous as it is fantastically artful.” – Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
“A beautiful nature documentary, expertly presented… a masterful feat captured with resonance!” – True/False Film Festival.
“Even those of you who don’t like spiders will find this story so charming… It’s beautiful. They are so elegant, and they move so gently. Astonishing creatures, fascinating!” Gillian O’Shaughnessy, ABC Radio Perth.
“This documentary has got rave reviews around the world… You’re not overselling it, it looks spectacular!” Jules Schiller, ABC Radio Adelaide.
“Mission accomplished: you’ve changed my mind. I will give spiders a second chance… I like them now. It’s happened!” Teri Campbell, RTR FM 92.1 Perth.
“Giant Tasmanian Cave Spiders and NEIL GAIMAN!! What more could you possibly want???” – GEORGE R.R. MARTIN.