Tasmanian Association of Laboratory Managers



TALM Conference

@ St Patrick’s College

Year 9 Campus, 251 Peel Street, Prospect

Monday 4th October

8:45 – 9:15 Registration

9:15 – 10:00 Aquaculture Tour

10:00 – 10:50 David Maynard Tamar River Talk ( see description)

10:50 – 11:15 Morning Tea

11:15 :12 :15 West lab

12:15 – 1:00 Recycling Walls

1 pm – 2 pm Lunch

2:00 – 4:00 pm Rocket Workshop

6:30 Conference Dinner at Rupert and Hound

Tuesday 5th October

9:00 – 10:30 am Owl Pellet Workshop

10:30 – 10:45 Morning Tea

10:45 – 11.45 am Drones in STEM 

11:45 – 12:30pm Rocket Launch

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:45 pm DIY Plastics Workshop – Tanya Adams

2:45pm – 3:15pm   Conference Close

Program is subject to change to comply with COVID regulations.

Guest Speaker/ Workshop Details

David Maynard  Kanamaluka/Tamar Estuary

David Maynard is Senior Curator Natural Sciences at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. He spent over a decade diving and photographing the subtidal habitats and inhabitants of the lower Tamar estuary, and participating in a variety of research projects that have helped to understand the biotic and abiotic conditions in the estuary. David was the lead curator of the exhibition Beneath the Tamar: More Than Silt (and the accompanying book), and more recently Estuary: Below the Surface.  David will talk about the ecology of the estuary, and some of the management options proposed, from those based on science to the more fanciful.

Recycling Walls

…are banks of repurposed filing cabinets with labelled drawers for various different recyclables such as eye glasses, empty cosmetics containers, X rays, batteries, etc. This presentation is about Sustainability programs at Uni and details for recycling specific materials.


Mark Bourke will  present  a workshop on  Balance Calibration & Maintenance and Innovations & New Equipment.

Owl Pellet Workshop

Each Owl pellet is individually wrapped, heat sterilised, gamma irradiated and is safe for use within the classroom. Most birds cannot chew their food, and owls are no exception. Owl pellets are masses of undigested parts of food that owl species occasionally regurgitate. The contents of the owl pellet depends on its diet, but can include the exoskeletons of insects, indigestible plant matter, bones, fur, feathers, bills, claws, and teeth. 

Owl pellets are safe and easy for students of all ages to work with. Excellent for hands-on, enquiry-based learning, owl pellet dissection activities will excite and engage your students as they discover insights into raptor feeding habits, food webs and more

Rocket Workshop

Stewart Simpson and Andrew Hull will guide you in groups to make model rockets from dynamic science. We will launch the rockets the following day.

Drones in Stem

Dr Vahid Rahimi-Eichi is currently working both at Launceston Grammar and DOE and has a PhD in Agriculture from the University of Adelaide. He also has expertise in drone technology and will discuss how we could use drones in STEM.

DIY Plastics Workshop

Presenter Tanya Adams will cover how to recycle waste plastics on your kitchen bench: using equipment and resources available around the home you can recycle common plastic waste into some useful items of labware and household use. Learn about an international community of micro-scale plastics recycling. Note: you may like to bring some of your own equipment to participate more fully in this workshop; details to be provided.


Please help us reduce waste by bringing

  • Your work name tag
  • “Keep-cup” (re-usable cup)
  • Water bottle

COVID-19 Safety measures

The conference will be guided by the current Tasmanian Government regulations current on the day. TALM and our venues require the following:

  • Use hand sanitizer at sign in station
  • Scan the QR code at the venue on arrival each day
  • Seating will be set 1.5m apart and participants are asked to maintain this distancing whenever possible
  • Density at 1 person per 2 square meters
  • Tours will involve splitting into groups
  • Catering stations will be spread out to avoid crowding
  • Disposable gloves, alcohol wipes or individual kits will be provided for hands-on activities, as appropriate to the activity
  • Do not attend any day’s activities if you are unwell.

Registration and costs

Please register and pay by Friday 24th September. Payment is required at the time of booking (link next page).

Both days, TALM member:        $75

Both days, Non-member:           $85

One day only, TALM member: $40

One day only, Non-member:     $45

Dinner:                                          $55/person (at the Rupert and Hound)

  • Cost of the conference is exclusive of the Dinner.
  • There is an additional 50 cent booing fee charged by TryBooking.com

If your school/college administration needs to pay this (if you don’t have or aren’t able to use a corporate card for this), then please supply this information to the person booking on your behalf:

  • Names of employee(s) attending from your school/college:
  • Day(s) each will attend:
  • If you/your colleague has a dietary restriction, what that is:
  • If attending the Conference Dinner:
  • Name of employee(s) 
    • If paying for it privately

IMPORTANT: If Dinner will be paid for privately:

1. On the second page, Tickets, leave Conference Dinner off the ticket selection

2. On the Ticket Holder page: answer Yes to the “Attending Conference Dinner?

3. Pay for the dinner privately

Booking Link

Please use this link to begin the booking process https://www.trybooking.com/BSYGQ and then click the  button in the top right of the page.

Additional people can be added from the Checkout page.

Removing a duplicate can be done from here also.