Join us, and other leaders in the field of Australia-Africa relations, for AAUN’s Annual Conference and AGM 2017 on 4 September 2017.

In interests of environment and cost, there will be no printed programs. Please view/download the program via the link below:

View the program 

Your input is welcome
Please note the above program is now developing, with some flexibility in panellists and discussants. We welcome any further advice and suggestions until 1 July 2017.

Send your comments and proposals for speakers and presentations by 1 July 2017 to A/Prof Grace Liu at gliu@wun.ac.uk

Speakers and discussants
Please send your 200-word bio and 200-word abstract to A/Prof Grace Liu at gliu@wun.ac.uk by 1 July 2017.


We expect up to 100 expert participants from academia, government, diplomats, business, agencies. We are pleased to welcome guests and observers from cooperating networks and NGOs, including to the AAUN AGM meeting.

We are grateful to the University of Western Australia for hosting the AAUN Forum allied to UWA Research Week. The AAUN Forum is also a part of Australia Africa Week, 4-­8 September 2017.


Please follow this link to register for the forum and conference dinner. Registrations close on Wednesday 16 August 2017. It is not possible to attend without registering. This event is for AAUN members and invited guests only.

Thanks to our sponsors DFAT, ACIAR and the Australian Government Department of Education and Training we can offer free registration for the AAUN Annual Forum and AGM.

As a research network, depending on subscriptions and grants, AAUN puts as much as possible towards the Australia Africa research programs. You are most welcome to join the Conference Dinner at the University Club for AU$ 100,00 (excl. GST) to cover cost price. Drinks included. Register here.

Book your accommodation

With regards to accommodation in Perth, we recommend the Mercure Hotel and Travelodge in Perth CBD. These hotels are next to each other, and walking distance from ‘Africa Down Under’ (ADU) which takes place in the Pan Pacific Hotel Perth on 6-8 September 2016.

Please note the complimentary shuttle bus runs between the Travelodge hotel to the University Club of Western Australia.

If you stay elsewhere and wish to make use of the bus service, please register for this service and make your way to the pickup point on the morning of 4 September (the bus will leave at 8 am).

Special Rates for AAUN Delegates

Travelodge Hotel

  • Guest Room $165 per night (room only) or $175 per night (inclusive of 1 buffet breakfast)
  • Balcony Room $185 per night (room only) or $195 per night (inclusive of 1 buffet breakfast)

Rates include complimentary WIFI and are valid from 2-9 September 2017. Please call or email the hotel and mention “AAUN2017” to make your bookings.

T:  + 61 8 9238 1888
E: perth@travelodge.com.au

We strongly advise to book early as rates are subjected to availability of rooms and hotels are expected to fill up quickly due to multiple events in Perth in this week. We cannot guarantee availability of rooms. 

Mercure Hotel Perth CBD     

  • Standard Room AUD$ 179.00 per night. Breakfast can be added on arrival at the discounted rate of AUD$ 15,00 pp.

Please use the code AAUN030917 for the Mercure Hotel at the time of booking. Book online via this link by 20 July 2017. After this date we cannot guarantee availability.

We recommend to check the flexible online rates of hotels at the time of booking as prices fluctuate. 

Bus transport to and from the conference venue

You can register for the complimentary shuttle bus that runs 3 times on Monday 4 September 2017. Please register by 1 August via the registration website.

Pickup at 8.00 am (sharp) will be in front of Travelodge Perth, 417 Hay Street, PERTH, Western Australia 6000.

You can either return at 4.15 pm, or at 9 pm for attendees of the conference dinner. The afternoon and evening shuttles leave from the front entrance of the University of Western Australia Club.

Joint symposium on 5 September 

We encourage you to also attend the joint symposium with the Australia Africa Research Forum on Tuesday 5 September.

More information available soon.

Africa Down Under Week

AAUN members are encouraged to also participate in the Africa Down Under Conference 2017 (6-8 September), which focuses on the mining and extractives industries in Australia and Africa. The week will have the engagement of the DFAT and its Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations, attendance of Ministers and Heads of Mission, and organisations representing the African diaspora.

During Africa Week, several Australia based organisations will hold conferences, fora, seminars and workshops, building teamwork and cooperation towards 2020 and beyond.

The events through will focus on the existing challenges that Africa face and observe opportunities where Africa and Australia could initiate joint projects to influence policies to create wealth and improve quality of life in both continents. The forum is an initiative promoted by business, academia and governments through involvement of African diplomat missions and with support from DFAT.

Please register via this website.


Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Forum and AGM
Date: 4 September 2017
Venue: Conference and Staff Centre, The University of Western Australia, Perth
Contact: Marije Nieuwenhuis, AAUN Program Manager
Email: aaun.events@sydney.edu.au

Australia Africa Research Forum (research related to extractives and mining)
Date: 5 September 2017
Venue: Novotel Perth Langley | 221 Adelaide Terrace Perth, WA 6000 Australia | +61 8 9221 1200
Contact: David Doepel, Chair, Africa Research Group at Murdoch University and Chair, Africa Australia Research Forum
Email: d.doepel@murdoch.edu.au
Website: www.africadownunderconference.com

Africa Down Under (extractives and mining)
Date: 6-8 September 2017
Venue: Pan Pacific and Novotel Hotels
Contact: Namukale Nakazwe-Msiska, Paydirt Media Office
Email: kale@paydirt.com.au
Website: www.africadownunderconference.com

Conference Sponsors


Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Department of Education and Training



A passing taxi can be signalled if their taxi roof light is on. There is a taxi rank at 140 William Street, Perth, or you may call +61 13 13 30 (Swan Taxis) or +61 133 222 (Black and White Cabs) to book a taxi in advance.

More information available on this website.