It is our absolute pleasure to invite you to Hobart for the RANZCOG 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (RANZCOG 2021 ASM), from 14 - 17 February 2021, to be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hobart’s beautiful waterfront.

The theme for this year’s meeting, RANZCOG 2021, ‘A Vision for the Future’ intends to build on the last ASM in 2019 and look ahead to the major challenges we all face as our specialty continues to evolve. Our speakers have been carefully chosen to present to you the latest updates, controversies, and future strategies for this current age we live and practice in – one of digital distraction and of course, the current climate emergency, and its effect on women’s health.

The program will address gender equity issues on a local and global scale, and as opportunities arise for women in alternative fields, what this means in a practical sense. We will also bring to you the latest in translational research, and examine the ongoing dilemma of how to ensure appropriate surgical exposure for our trainees, including some possible solutions.

As you know, we do things a bit differently in Tasmania, so along with covering the key areas of general obstetrics and gynaecology, and the subspecialty areas of our discipline, we have a few surprises in store.

The conference dinner will be one to be remembered – how could we pass up the opportunity of taking you to MONA? Enjoy the boat ride up the river Derwent, a private tour of the museum, and some of the best food and wine we have on offer. With some of the freshest produce and best cool-climate wines in the world, we invite you to ‘taste Tasmania’ at any one of our social events.

Hobart in summer is just delightful and we hope you can take the opportunity to breathe in some of our fresh air, unplug, and see a bit of our beautiful state either before or after the meeting. Why not pay homage to Greta Thunberg and bring the kids, your bike and the car across on the Spirit of Tasmania?

The Hotel Grand Chancellor is perfectly positioned to explore historic Salamanca and the waterfront on foot, with access to many great restaurants and bars. You can visit one of Australia’s largest and most vibrant outdoor markets at Salamanca on Saturday. If you’re seeking more adventure, take one of the acclaimed Yellow Boat wilderness tours off the Tasman Peninsula or Bruny Island where you may spot a migrating whale or two, or ride a bike from the top of Kunanyi to the city below (or up and down if you really want a challenge!).

Lifestyle is something we think we do pretty well down here, so let us be your guides to the perfect balance of academic and social activities, as we welcome you to Hobart in 2021. And don’t forget to pack for all seasons – you may just want to stay.