AAUN Annual Australia Forum and AGM 2019

The Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Annual Forum and AGM 2019 will be held on Monday 2 September at the University Club of Western Australia in Perth, Australia. The Forum topic for this year is “Strengthening Australia Africa University Relationships”.

The AAUN Forum is a part of Australia Africa Week 2019, and is partners with the Africa Australia Research Forum (AARF) and Africa Down Under Conference 2019. (See details below).

We welcome our members, colleagues and guests to join us, and other leaders in the field of Australia Africa relationships during the Africa Week on 1-6 September. We expect up to 100 expert participants from academia, government, diplomats, business and agencies.


Please view the final program here

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

Background Papers


Please register via this link for the AAUN Australia Forum 2019. Closing date 15 August 2019. 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.

Speakers, Panelists and Chairs

Please send your 100-200 word bio, and 100-200 word abstract to A-Prof Grace Liu at g.liu@sydney.edu.au by 15 August – 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.

PowerPoint Presentation: If you choose to use PowerPoint, please ensure your presentation is strictly within the time allowed. We advise a maximum of one slide per minute. Please email your presentation to g.liu@sydney.edu.au by 20 August 2018.


We are grateful to the University of Western Australia for co-hosting the AAUN Forum, and for sponsoring the Annual Dinner. We welcome and thank our student volunteers from UWA.

Australia Africa Week 1-6 September 2019

The Australia Africa 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.    

Africa Down Under Conference (ADU)

AAUN members are encouraged to also participate in the Africa Down Under Conference 2019 on 4-6 September.

Please register via this website. Note – ADU offers a 50% discount for academics.

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

Africa Australia Research Forum (AARF)

We encourage you to also attend the Africa Australia Research Forum on Tuesday 3 September 2019. Please view the program here.

Please see the Africa Australia Research Forum webpage for details.

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

AAUN 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 discounted rate with rooms starting at AUD $190 per night, which includes wifi and breakfast.

NOTE – This offer was valid until 30 June 2019, but has been extended to 31 July with the rate of AUD $200 per night, 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.

Conference Sponsors


Thanks to our sponsors DFAT and ACIAR we can offer free registration for the AAUN Annual Forum and AGM. The Forum dinner is a separate registration at cost price of AUD $ 110 (including GST). Drinks included. As a research network, depending on subscriptions and grants, AAUN puts as much as possible towards the research programs. 


Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Forum and AGM
Date: 2 September 2019
Venue: The University Club of Western Australia, Perth
Contact: A/Prof Grace Liu
Email: aaun.events@sydney.edu.au

Africa Australia Research Forum (research related to extractives and mining)
Date: 3 September 2019
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

Africa Down Under
Date: 4-6 September 2019
Venue: Pan Pacific and Novotel Hotels
Contact: Namukale Nakazwe-Msiska, Paydirt Media
Email: kale@paydirt.com.au
Website: www.africadownunderconference.com