Join us, and other leaders in the field of Australia-Africa relations, for AAUN’s Annual Conference and AGM 2018 on Monday 27 August 2018 at the University Club Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia.


The program is finalised. Please view the final program here.

Sessions include: 

  • Knowledge diplomacy: education and economic development
  • Global and local: policy into practice (SDGs, BRI, Climate, Indo-Pacific)
  • Australia Africa Teamwork – priority research/education areas for impact
  • Instruments for engagement – what works and what does not?

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

Background Papers

AAUN Forum 2018 – Speakers Bios and Abstracts (combined)

Overview-Australian 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper

ACIAR – Ten Year Strategy 2018-2027

SDGs -Universities In 2018


Please register via this link for the AAUN Australia Forum 2018. Closing date 1 August 2018. Please note it will not be possible to register after this date.


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.

Africa Down Under Conference

AAUN members are encouraged to also participate in the Africa Down Under Conference 2018 on 29-31 August. 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. NOTE – ADU offers a 50% discount for academics and free admission for PhDs.

Venue: Pan Pacific and Novotel Hotels
Inquiries: Namukale Nakazwe-Msiska, Paydirt Media
Email: kale@paydirt.com.au
Website: www.africadownunderconference.com

Please view a DRAFT schedule of Africa Week for events throughout the week.

Africa Australia Research Forum – Blockchain and Africa

We encourage you to also attend the the Australia Africa Research Forum on Blockchain and Africa on Tuesday 28 August 2018.

Please see the Africa Australia Research Forum webpage and flyer for details.

Inquiries: David Doepel, Chair, Africa Research Group at Murdoch University and Chair, Africa Australia Research Forum
Email: d.doepel@murdoch.edu.au

Conference Hotel

AAUN Conference accommodation will be at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth.

To benefit from the special AAUN rate please book your accommodation using THIS LINK.

We have negotiated a highly discounted rate with rooms starting at AUD 170 per night, which includes wifi and breakfast.

NOTE – This offer is valid until 30 July 2018 or until the AAUN room block is exhausted on a first come first served basis. Therefore, we strongly recommend booking early to get the best rate available.

Conference Venue

The Banquet Hall at The University Club of Western Australia, Hackett Drive
Crawley WA 6009 (Hackett Drive, Entrance 1)

Phone:+61 (8) 6488 8770

For more information please visit the website

Please view/download this PDF for a campus map and parking information.

Bus transport to and from the conference venue

A complimentary shuttle bus runs between Pan Pacific Hotel to the University Club of Western Australia.

Pickup at 8.00 am (sharp) will be at the Pan Pacific hotel main entrance.

Return at 4.10 pm, and 9.10 pm for attendees of the conference dinner.

The bus leaves from the campus’ tennis court, please view/download this PDF for a campus map.


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.


The University Club of Western Australia, Hackett Drive, Crawley WA 6009.
Entrance 1, Car park 3.

Full Day Parking
Long term parking is available on a pay and display basis along Hackett Drive and on busy days, additional parking is available in car park 3 (immediately adjacent to the Club) at a cost of $15.00 per bay. Tickets are available for purchase from the attendant at the entrance to the undercroft car park. Please note that these bays are only available in the morning.

Short Term Parking
The remaining bays in car park 3 are available on a pay and display basis at a cost of $2.00 per hour, however please note that this car park does have a three hour limit, and vehicles must be moved after three hours, therefore this area is not recommended for delegates attending full-day conferences.

Please view/download this PDF for a campus map and further parking information.

Speakers and discussants

Please register via the registration website and please send your 100-200 word bio, and 100-200 word abstract to A-Prof Grace Liu at gliu@wun.ac.uk by 1 July – after which the program is closed. The bios and abstracts will be edited and circulated, with selected background papers and the final program after 1 August. If you wish to recommend a brief background paper, please do so.

If you choose to use PowerPoint, please ensure your presentation is strictly within the time allowed.

PowerPoint recommendation: we advise a maximum of one slide per minute. Please email your presentation to gliu@wun.ac.uk by 20 August 2018.

Conference Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors DFAT and ACIAR 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. Conference guests may join the conference dinner at the University Club for AU$ 100,00 (excl. GST) to cover cost price. Drinks included.

Event Sponsors





Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Forum and AGM
Date: 27 August 2018
Venue: The University Club of Western Australia, Perth
Contact: A/Prof Grace Liu
Email: aaun.events@sydney.edu.au

Australia Africa Research Forum (research related to extractives and mining)
Date: 28 August 2018
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
Date: 29-31 August 2018
Venue: Pan Pacific and Novotel Hotels
Contact: Namukale Nakazwe-Msiska, Paydirt Media
Email: kale@paydirt.com.au
Website: www.africadownunderconference.com