Practical information

Venue information

Mason Theatre, 14SCO Macquarie University Faculty of Science and Engineering 

Macquarie University's Wallumattagal Campus is located in North Ryde, approximately 15km north-west of the Sydney CBD. The 2023 ASA ASM meeting will be held in the Faculty of Science and Engineering building, just off the central courtyard. The building address is 12 Wally's Walk if you prefer google to lead the way.

The University hosts its own Metro Station (Macquarie University) which is located ~5 mins walk from the ASA meeting location.

Nearby hotels

For those looking to stay close to Macquarie University, the following hotels are located nearby:

Mercure Sydney Macquarie Park; distance: 700 m, 9 min on foot

MGSM Executive Hotel; distance: 1.0 km, 13 min on foot

Meriton Suites North Ryde; distance: 1.0 km, 14 min on foot

Holiday Inn Express Macquarie Park; distance: 1.5 km, 20 min on foot

Courtyard by Marriott North Ryde; distance: 2.3 km, 29 min on foot; or 5 min by metro and 5 min on foot

The Ranch Hotel; distance: 1.3 km, 17 min on foot

There is also the option to stay closer to the city centre given that Macquarie University has its own campus train station. We recommend two regions specifically:

Chatswood, 10 min by metro from Macquarie University station

North Sydney, 20–25 min by train and metro (change at Chatswood by simply crossing the platform), is just across the Harbour Bridge on the North Shore, within easy walking distance of the Opera House and the CBD.

COVID mitigation plans

While the last few months have seen a decline in COVID cases, we are all acutely aware of how quickly the situation can change. 

The organisers will follow the health guidelines that are in place at the time of the meeting and will be closely monitoring the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community to determine if additional measures are needed. These could include mandatory mask wearing in meeting rooms and providing RAT tests if needed. Participants planning to attend in-person are encouraged to monitor their health and not attend if experiencing cold/flu/COVID symptoms. The latest NSW Health advice and guidelines can be found here: 

All coffee breaks and the welcome reception will be held in places with accessible outdoor areas.


We are planning to provide on-site care for children aged 0-5 as well as offering vacation care spots for school-aged children. Macquarie University also runs a number of school holiday programs which will be communicated to ASA participants when those programs open for bookings. 

If you are considering attending the ASA in person and would require childcare please contact the LOC at by May 31.


Please Note: If you have any special requests for accessibility, language support etc. please do indicate your need when registering. You may also contact the organisers for any special requirements.

Our campus and all of our buildings are accessible to wheelchair users.

Sydney has a range of accessible services to allow as many people as possible to make their way around the city centre. For instance, more than 2,100 tactile and braille street signs have been installed across the City’s local area. The tactile and braille signs are placed next to push buttons at every signalised pedestrian crossing across the City’s local area.


The University offers a Women’s Room - a safe and friendly place for female-identifying students, staff and visitors to rest, reflect, socialise and study. Located at Ground floor 18 Wally’s Walk.

Macquarie University is a breastfeeding friendly workplace. Whilst parents can breastfeed anywhere on campus, Macquarie University provides dedicated parents rooms for the comfort of breastfeeding employees, students and visitors. 

Queer Space is a safe space on campus for all students, staff and visitors who identify across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, as well as their allies. Located at Ground floor 18 Wally’s Walk.

Macquarie University’s Ally Network is a visible group of informed staff and students who support sexual and gender diversity and promote a safe campus where people who identify as LGBTQIA+ can work and study free from unlawful discrimination, harassment or bullying.

Walanga Muru provides a variety of supports and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and visitors, including dedicated recreational and study spaces.

Spiritual Support services and Prayer Rooms are available on campus:

Macquarie University codes of conduct: Diversity and Community, Sexual Assault and Harassment, Student well being support.