Oz-IA 2006 – September 30th and October 1st

Eric Scheid, from the IA Institute, announces Oz-IA 2006, a first-ever Australian IA conference, to be held in Sydney:

As well as conveniently following on from this year’s Web Directions conference), this event is scheduled for the same weekend as the EURO IA conference. Keith Instone has already suggested a live link between the two conferences.
The retreat is planned to be a semi-formal series of practical sessions on information architecture and related topics, aimed at practicing IAs and those within the broader industry interested in expanding their knowledge of the theory and practice.
There’s some great local and international speakers to get the thoughts moving, including Mark Bernstein, Thomas Vander Wal, Dan Saffer, Donna Maurer, David Sless, Steve Baty, and James Robertson.
There will be case study presentations; detailed how-to sessions; and general ‘where are we going’ discussions. We will also be organising some group participation sessions and even leaving a slot or two open for some self-organised sessions
And there’ll be opportunities a-plenty to meet and mingle with peers and uber-IAs from Australia and around the world. It’s a weekend retreat, so you can relax and discuss the joys, tribulations, and tricks of information architecture with like-minded individuals.
More information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks & months, so pencil in those dates, subscribe to the RSS or Atom news feeds, or sign up for email announcements.
If you’re in Australia, you shouldn’t miss it.
If you want to visit, this is a great reason to do so.

Hmm, I’ve never been to Australia. Maybe it’s time I went.