November 23, 2017: RDI Network holds seminar on networking for development impact

The RDI Network and the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, together in collaboration with Sydney-based NGOs and universities, host a seminar on building networks for development impact. The event focuses on developing a strong network of development actors in Sydney in order to better engage in the process leading up to Australia's voluntary national review of its progress on the 2030 Agenda. The forum also discusses potential opportunities for practical action or peer support to effectively engage with Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs or other government agencies in regard to Australia’s commitment to the SDGs.

During the course of the event, RDI launches "How to partner for development research", a practical guide to support NGOs and researchers to engage in fruitful partnerships.

Location: Sydney, Australia

Event page - RDI Network


November 29, 2017: Seminar on China and the US as donors of development assistance

The Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre hosts a seminar on the US and China as providers of foreign assistance, covering the past, present, and expected future. The seminar is led by Professor Frank Bongiorno, who recently wrote a book on both donors and the objectives of their assistance programs.

Location: Canberra, Australia

Event website – ANU


November 29, 2017: Lowy Institute hosts panel on future of rules-based order in the Asia-Pacific

Sydney-based think tank the Lowy Institute hosts a panel discussion on the role that Australia and the UK can play in order to maintain rules-based order and democratic institutions in the Asia-Pacific during a period of rapid change. Panelists include senior British and Australian development officials and experts. The Lowy Institute’s Executive Director, Michael Fullilove, and Sir John Holmes from the Ditchley Foundation in the UK, moderate the discussion. 

Location: Sydney, Australia 

Event page - Lowy Institute 


Colloquium on infectious diseases and antibiotics in Brisbane

On December, 1-2, 2017, the International Colloquium on Infectious Diseases and Antibiotics takes place in Brisbane, Australia. Hosted by Innovate Antibiotics 2017, a premier medical and scientific conference event producer, the meeting brings together world leaders in fields related to the research and development of antibiotics, with a focus on the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. 

Location: Brisbane, Australia

Event page - Innovate Conferences

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December 4, 2017: Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala delivers Harold Mitchell Oration in Australia

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a development economist and currently Board Chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, presents the 2017 Mitchell Oration entitled ‘Development: towards 21st century approaches’. She speaks on a range of development issues including bridging the donor-recipient divide, engaging the private sector, and identifying new sources of finance. Dr Okonjo-Iweala previously served as Managing Director at the World Bank, and as the Nigerian Finance Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister.

The Mitchell Oration series provides a forum in which the world’s most influential development practitioners can address pressing development issues. This is the fifth lecture in the series. 

Location: Canberra, Australia

Event page - Australian National University


December 6-7, 2017: Australian Medical Research Institutes set date for 2017 convention

The Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI), the leading body for medical research across Australia, holds its annual convention from December 6-7, 2017 in Canberra. Member organizations work on a broad spectrum of health issues, such as preventive health, chronic disease, mental health, immunology, and Indigenous health. Their research ranges from fundamental biomedical discovery through clinical research and the translation of research findings. AAMRI members are primarily co-located with major teaching hospitals; other members are university-based MRIs or alliances between a hospital and university. Further details on registration, program, and accommodation options will be available in late July.

Website – AAMRI


February 13-14, 2018: Australasian Aid Conference 2018 takes place in Canberra

The Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University has announced details of the 2018 Australasian Aid Conference, held in partnership with The Asia Foundation. Over 500 people are expected to attend, including researchers from across Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and beyond, as well as students and practitioners working on international development policy. Australia's Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Penny Wong, is the opening speaker. The keynote address will be made by Nancy Birdsall, Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at the Centre for Global Development in Washington.

An early bird discount on registration is available until December 1, 2017.

Location: Canberra

Event website - Crawford University


July 1-5, 2018: World’s first malaria congress takes place in Melbourne

The inaugural World Congress on Malaria aims to unify and inspire the malaria community around a common sense of purpose, with a perspective that links malaria to the wider objectives of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Session topics include innovation for the elimination of malaria, encouraging goal-driven leadership, and putting people at the center of malaria elimination. Organizers include senior representatives from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, the Nossal Institute for Global Health, and the Burnet Institute, as well as the regional malaria initiative APLMA.

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Website - World Malaria Congress

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