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

Follow this link to view the draft program. We invite members to comment and send proposals for speakers and presentations by 25 May 2017
Contact: A/Prof Grace Liu at gliu@wun.ac.uk (cc aaun.events@sydney.edu.au)

Selected Speakers and discussants
Please send your 200-word bio and 200-word abstract to A/Prof Grace Liu at gliu@wun.ac.uk by 25 May 2017

NOTE: In interests of environment and cost, there will be no printed programs.

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Assessment of education and research partnerships for development, engagement of stakeholders, and building sustainable research and exchange programs for the AAUN Strategic Plan 2017-20.

We invite the advice and experience of all attending from government, academia and business in shaping AAUN capacity and impact for the future.

(i)  EDUCATION – In September 2017 DFAT will invite African Ministers of Education, presenting a significant opportunity. Please note the incorporation of the Ministers in the program for AAUN, flowing in to the ADU Research Forum.

(ii) POLICY – The UN Sustainable Development Goals, UN Climate Accords, China Belt and Road Approach, Australian and African international policy objectives are highly relevant to AAUN. They provide a policy framework with mutual benefit to Africa and Australia, shaping research, education and economic development; and resources to implement partnerships and programs.

 (iii) RESEARCH – Review AAUN’s progress and results from the 30 seed-funded programs since our launch 5 years ago at DFAT Canberra in 2012; build the most successful programs further with appropriate new initiatives. AAUN will strengthen its partnerships with sponsors, and seek additional international resources and funding.

(iv) HIGHER EDUCATION – Review and extend AAUN’s research and mobility programs and interactions with expert exchange, the Australia Awards, international needs and opportunities. Some of our members have highlighted the needs for institutional development and more effort towards linked courses and degrees.


Session 1 Policy and priorities for AAUN partners and stakeholders relating to the AAUN Strategic Plan 2017-20
Session 2 Review and develop initiatives in education, entrepreneurism, employment and economic development
Session 3 Review and develop our initiatives in environment, agriculture, food and nutritional health security
Session 4 Implementation of AAUN Strategic Plan 2017-20

Practical alignment and engagement with the SDGs, Climate COP22, Belt and Road.  Alliances in research and education with AGAAR, Australian Government and Agencies. Development of Australia Africa Week in concert with DFAT and participants. Cooperation with other networks, including Diaspora and Alumni Groups (WUN, ARUA, British Council, Association of Commonwealth Universities


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.


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.

Please follow this link to register for the forum and conference dinner. 

Conference dinner 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. Registration (via email aaun.events@sydney.edu.au).

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 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.


A passing taxi can be signaled 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.

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