Table 1. Matrix of components of the arts program, and intended objectives: (1) encourage scientists to reflect on alternative media to communicate their science to society; (2) provide a conducive environment for the delegates to receive information; (3) show scientists how the visual and performing arts may be used to aid understanding of complex scientific information; (4) entertain; (5) aid conference logistics and processes; and (6) make the conference memorable by showcasing the depth and richness of Armidale’s arts community. See text for further details.

Objectives
Components of Arts Program 1 2 3 4 5 6
Opening YES YES YES YES
Conference image YES YES
Theatre group (symposia) YES YES YES YES YES YES
Theatre group lunchtime YES YES YES YES
Invited art works YES YES YES YES YES
Artists in residence YES YES YES
Installations in auditoria YES YES YES YES
Outside artworks, flags etc. YES YES
Circus/dance performance (BBQ) YES YES YES YES
Indigenous performance (BBQ) YES YES
Cabaret (conference dinner) YES YES YES YES
Closing ceremony (An Ecological Circus) YES YES YES YES YES
Art gallery tour YES YES YES