I'm putting my hand up to host a scientific conference here in Melbourne in a couple of year's time. Its going to be a bit scary but I'm also very excited to showcase our city to an international delegation.
My immediate dilemma is to decide when would be the best time to hold the conference as dates need to be locked in several years in advance.
July would suit folks coming from Europe and North America as it coincides with their Summer break but the weather in Melbourne won't be terribly good (In the words of an Australian colleague I consulted, it will be 'bleak').
September would be better but it will be middle of teaching for scientists in the Northern Hemisphere. Plus, the dates overlap slightly with the AFL Grand Final so accommodation might be problematic.