2023 IBSC Annual Conference

2023 IBSC Annual ConferenceWestlake Boys High School

Auckland, New Zealand

July 5-8 

Onsite Information

All conference events take place on the campus of Westlake Boys High School, 30 Forrest Hill Road, Forrest Hill, Auckland 0620.

Conference Contact Details

During conference hours, contact Matt Peat, the conference director, at +64 21 790 449.

Conference Dress Code 

Smart-casual attire is appropriate for all conference events; suit jackets and ties not required.

You are visiting Auckland during winter, where our weather is quite cool with daily high temperatures around 57oF (14oC), rarely falling below 53oF (12oC) or exceeding 61oF (16oC). Auckland does not experience snow.

Consider packing a raincoat and warm layers.

Conference Registration

Conference registration for all attendees, including spouses/partners and workshop presenters, runs 1:30 – 3:30 PM on Wednesday in the Gymnasium at Westlake Boys High School. After checking in, enjoy a tour of the school before the opening plenary session featuring Sir Ian Taylor at 3:30 PM in the Auditorium.

The Information Desk handles registration Thursday through Saturday.

Information Desk at the School 

During conference hours, a Westlake Boys High School representative staffs an information desk in the school’s Reception area located adjacent to the Auditorium.


Conference registration includes lunch on Thursday and Friday served in the school Gymnasiums. If you registered special dietary requirements, find offerings that meet your requirements on a clearly marked table in Gymnasium 2. If you have any questions onsite, inquire with one of the catering staff.

Find enticing refreshment stations located in the rear of the plenary session venue, the Auditorium, including a selection of soft drinks, tea, and coffee, as well as a rotation of snacks. Gravitate toward these areas for conversation during our morning and afternoon breaks.

On Wednesday evening, take a 5-minute walk from your hotel to the Welcome Reception at the Viaduct Events Centre. Reconnect with friends, introduce yourself to new colleagues, and enjoy a lovely evening on Auckland’s waterfront with a view second to none.

On Thursday, use your free evening to explore Auckland and visit one of its many restaurants serving delicious cuisine. Ask Westlake Boys High School faculty and staff for recommendations and logistics.

On Friday evening buses collect you for a special reception and meal at the Auckland War Memorial Museum in The Domain. Enjoy a champagne reception in the Grand Foyer and then embark through the Māori exhibition up to Under the Dome where the skyline of Tamaki Makaurau dominates our peripheral vision. Smart/casual attire is appropriate. Buses depart the special reception for the conference hotels from 8:30 – 11:00 PM.

IT and Wi-Fi Services and Support 

Throughout the conference, Westlake Boys High School offers Wi-Fi in all areas of the campus. Find IT support via the Information Desk if required.

WI-FI Network Name: WBHS_IBSC
Password: IBSC

Transportation Among Westlake Boys High School, Conference Hotels, and Offsite Events 

Buses transport attendees between the school and official conference hotels—Hilton Hotel, QT Hotel, and Mövenpick Hotel—each day of the conference.

On Wednesday evening take a 5-minute walk from the conference hotels to the Welcome Reception at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre, Kawau Room 1, 171 Halsey Street, Auckland CBD. See page <XX> for a map.

On Friday, buses collect attendees from the conference hotels between 5:45 PM – 6:30 PM and transport them to the Auckland War Memorial Museum for our special evening event.

See the conference schedule for detailed departure times.

Parking at Westlake Boys High School 

Parking is available at Westlake Boys High School via Gates 1 or 5 only.