General Information

Congress Venue

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Pl,
South Wharf 3006


English is the official language of the 12th International Congress on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) & the 7th Asian Congress on Autoimmunity.


The dress code ​is informal for all occasions.


All travelers to Australia, other than Australian and New Zealand citizens, are required to obtain a visa. The business visa allows those attending conferences and meetings in Australia to make a short visit of up to three months. Australia's electronic travel authority (ETA) is an advanced and streamlined travel authorization system. If the country your passport represents has ETA business access, it enables visitors to Australia to obtain authority to enter at the same time as they book their travel arrangements. In addition, a recent innovative enhancement to ETA arrangements allows a traveler to apply for an ETA over the internet. Please visit the ETA website for more information:

Visa Invitation Letter

Please send a request for an official invitation letter to our Invitation Department via the Contact Us page. Please make sure to send us your full name (as printed in your passport), full postal address and passport number. An official invitation letter will be created and sent to you by e-mail within 5-7 working days.

Liability & Insurance

The Lupus 2017 Secretariat and Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip. ​


The weather in Melbourne in March should be pleasant. March is a transitional month between summer and autumn. Daily high temperatures range from 24°c to 22°c. Rain is possible. For more information on Melbourne weather, please visit the following website:  

Information on Melbourne

For further information about the city of Melbourne, please visit the following website: 

Exhibition and Sponsorship

A professional exhibition will be held within the framework of the Congress. 
For details regarding support opportunities and/or exhibition space, please contact: Daniela Bloch, Sponsorship & Exhibition Sales (

Congress Organizer & Secretariat

7, rue François-Versonnex , C.P. 6053
CH-1211, Geneva 6 
Tel: +41 22 908 0488 +41 22 908 0488 
Fax: + 41 22 906 9140



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