August 7-21, 2017: Annual Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations hosts conference in August

The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) organizes the 2017 Asia Conference at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. The conference is set to be the largest by HPAIR to date, and the largest annual student conference in the Asia-Pacific region. It features six panel tracks: environment and sustainability, entrepreneurship and technology, humanitarian affairs, business and the world economy, security and diplomacy, and health and social policy.

Location: Sydney, Australia

Event website - HPAIR


Annual Crawford Fund agricultural research conference held in Canberra

The Crawford Fund holds its annual agricultural research conference in Canberra on August 7-8, 2017, under the title of ‘Transforming lives and livelihoods – the digital revolution in agriculture’. As the major advocacy event in Australia for international agricultural research, the conference aims to highlight emerging technology and its impacts in a global agricultural context. It demonstrates how digital data can be used to improve decisions on inputs, irrigation, and supply chains, among other areas. 

The Crawford Fund also offers scholarships for young Australians with an interest in international agricultural development to attend the conference. Applications to participate close on June 16, 2017.

Event page - The Crawford Fund 

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Aug 7, 2017: ANU hosts forum to evaluate Australian development projects

The Australian National University (ANU) hosts a forum to present two recent evaluations of Australia development programs. The first is an end-of-program review of the ‘Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao’ program, which involved four implementing partners in the conflict-affected Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, the Philippines. The second evaluation focuses on pandemics and emerging infectious diseases, with the view of strengthening health systems in the Asia-Pacific region.

The seminar is jointly organized by the Development Policy Centre at ANU and the Office of Development Effectiveness within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Speakers include staff from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the consulting firm Cardno, and the ANU.

Location: Canberra, Australia

Website - ANU


Aug 7, 2017: CEO of GPE gives lecture on financing global education in Canberra

Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), gives a public lecture at the Australian National University (ANU) on current financing challenges to global education. The speech focuses on global and regional education opportunities and financing challenges, and how GPE is adapting to address them. Other topics include empowering women and girls through education and leveraging education to drive progress on the SDGs. Ms. Albright previously served in the Obama Administration as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and as the Chief Financial and Investment Officer for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

Location: Canberra, Australia

Website - ANU


PNG Update conference in Port Moresby

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) Update, the largest annual meeting on economic and public policy issues in PNG, is held on August 10-11, 2017, in Port Moresby. Jointly-organized by the University of PNG’s School of Business and Public Policy, and the Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre, the multidisciplinary event is free and open to the public. This year's theme is 'PNG - after the elections'; topics discussed include human development challenges and opportunities for reform, PNG’s economic outlook, and governance and the political economy of development.

Location: Port Moresby, PNG

Event page - Australian National University

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Aug 21-23, 2017: Annual International Mental Health Conference held in Gold Coast

The 18th International Mental Health Conference covers a range of issues, including indigenous wellbeing, child and youth mental health, and innovative uses of technology and social media. The event attracts psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and allied health professionals as well as academics, researchers, and NGOs. This year's speakers include Dr Peggy Brown, CEO of National Mental Health Commission, and Mr Shaun Robinson, CEO of Mental Health Foundation New Zealand.

Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Event page - International Mental Health Conference

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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


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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