August 27-29, 2017: ACER Research Conference 2017 takes place in Melbourne

Held annually, the Australian Council for Educational Research's (ACER) Research Conference highlights the latest national and international research in education for education leaders. Under the theme ‘Leadership for Improving Learning: Insights for Research’, this year’s conference profiles emerging research in leadership practices and initiatives that have driven change within educational institutions and produced significant improvements in student engagement and performance. The conference also includes a focus on developing a sustained approach to Indigenous education in Australia.

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Website - ACER


August 29, 2017: Findings from the 2017 Lowy Institute Poll presented in Melbourne

Alex Oliver, author of the Lowy Institute Poll, presents findings from the 2017 poll. This poll is an important survey of Australians’ attitudes towards world events, including perceptions of international relations. 

Location: Clemenger Auditorium, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Event website - Lowy Institute 


September 4-6, 2017: Australian Evaluation Society 2017 International Evaluation Conference

The Australian Evaluation Society 2017 Conference, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, examines two main themes: that evaluation is a durable asset for sound governance, and that evaluators must be sensitive to the political context when making evaluations. Pre- and post-conference workshops will be conducted on September 3 and 7, 2017.

Location: Canberra, Australia

Conference website – AES 2017 International Evaluation Conference


Indonesia Update Conference 2017 takes place at ANU

The Indonesia Update Conference 2017, Australia’s major conference  on Indonesia’s development, takes place September 15–16, 2017, at the Australian National University (ANU), in Canberra. Under the theme 'Indonesia In the New World: Globalisation, Nationalism and Sovereignty', discussion topics include nationalism in practice (such as food sovereignty and resource nationalism), poverty, inequality, and gender issues, as well as the impact of and response to globalization. Notably, Dr Arianto Patunru at ANU, and Drs Muhamad Chatib Basri and Mari Pangestu from the University of Indonesia convene this year's conference.  Dr Pangestu was formerly Indonesia’s Minister of Trade.

Location: Canberra, Australia

Website - ANU


2017 AGSA Conference takes place in New Zealand

The 67th Conference of the Australasian Grain Science Association (AGSA) takes place on September 20-22, 2017, in Christchurch, New Zealand. AGSA is a forum for Australasian grain scientists, educators, students, nutritionists, and others to share and advance knowledge and understanding of grain science and the grain industry. The conference convenes New Zealand, Australian, and international scientific and technical experts, and includes components on grain breeding, dietary fibers, human nutrition, process technologies, global product innovation, in its scientific program. AGSA Conference awards have a long history of recognizing outstanding achievement in the grain sciences and allied industries.

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

Conference website - AGSA


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October 4-6, 2017: International conference on alcohol policy takes place in Melbourne

The Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) is a forum for the world’s alcohol policy makers, researchers, and practitioners. This year’s three-day conference takes place in Melbourne, from October 4-6, 2017. The overarching theme is ‘Mobilising for Change – Alcohol policy and the evidence for action’, and will include sessions on advocacy and leadership, emerging and innovative research, and vested interests.

The conference is co-hosted by Foundation of Alcohol Research and Education, Public Health Association of Australia, National Alliance for Action on Alcohol, and Global Alcohol Policy Alliance. GAPC 2017 is co-sponsored by the WHO.

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Event website - GAPC

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Oct 4-6, 2017: Carers Australia hosts 7th International Carers Conference

The 7th International Carers conference provides a forum to take stock of where caring is at now and to re-imagine what it will look like into the future. It brings together national and international experts to give insights into future technology, pioneering innovations, the digital health revolution, lived carer experience, and leading-edge research. Across three days, 120 presentations across three days cover topics including aged care, older carers, health and wellbeing, assistive technologies, national and international research, end-of-life care, older carers, dementia care, and life after caring.

Location: Adelaide, Australia

Website - Carers Australia


October 9-13, 2017: Annual session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific held in Brisbane

As the World Health Organization (WHO)’s governing body for the Western Pacific, the Regional Committee meets annually in October to discuss health issues affecting the region's nearly 1.9 billion people. WHO in the Western Pacific is involved in a variety of related public-health activities, including research, data banking, evaluation, awareness raising, and resource mobilization. There are 37 countries and areas in the Western Pacific Region, a full list of which can be found here. In addition, the representation includes states responsible for areas in the region, such as France, the UK, and the US.

Location: Brisbane, Australia

Website - WHO

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IDP Education and IEAA co-host education conference in Hobart

Co-hosted by IDP Education and the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) is an annual gathering for international education practitioners, teaching staff, researchers, policy makers, and other stakeholders to learn about and discuss major trends in education. Under the theme ‘Embracing Diversity’, AIEC 2017 explores a shifting global and political landscape to critically examine how and to what extent diversity in education is being achieved, with the goal of fostering and maintaining a diverse and thriving international education sector.

Location: Hobart, Australia

Event page - AEIC


AIIA holds annual conference on foreign policy in Canberra

The Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) holds its annual national conference on foreign policy under the theme of ‘Foreign Policy in an Uncertain World’ on October 16, 2017. The conference is preceded by 'masterclasses' for young professionals and tertiary students. They are opportunities to engage with AIIA fellows one-on-one. Classes on aid and development will take place on October 15, 2017 with the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Registration for the masterclasses is open until August 31, 2017.

Location: Canberra, Australia 

Event page - AIIA