AAUN Annual Australia Forum and AGM, 1-3 September 2024 Perth

The Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Annual Forum and AGM 2024 will be held on Tuesday 3 September at Curtin University’s city campus, 137 St George’s Terrace, Perth Australia. The Forum will consider AAUN strategic plans, research activities and progress 2025-30.

The AAUN Australia Forum and AGM will further develop the rationale, priorities, and implementation of the AAUN Partnerships, through a lens of the just energy transition.

The Just Energy Transition holds fundamental opportunities for beneficial change. Linking with the SDGs, and to the small AAUN-PRDF awards, there is a chance to engage in research with impact. The AAUN partners and stakeholders can contribute to future peace and wellbeing through international teamwork.

The AAUN Forum starts Africa Week, with later programs for Africa Down Under and many other organisations from 4-6 September. 

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


The AAUN Forum program (draft)

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 on the 3rd September 2024. Closing date 25 August 2024. Please note it will not be possible to register after this date.

Please register for the Research Workshops on the 2nd September via this link

Please register for the Conference Dinner on the 2nd September via this link.


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 to the AAUN AGM meeting.

Speakers, Panelists and Chairs

Please send your 200 word bio, and 200 word abstract to A/Prof Grace Liu at aaun@unsw.edu.au by 10 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 15 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 aaun@unsw.edu.au by 15 August 2023.


We are grateful to Curtin University for co-hosting the AAUN Forum, and for sponsoring part of the program. We welcome and thank our student volunteers from Curtin University.

Australia Africa Week 1 – 6 September 2024

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 2024 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 2024 on 4-6 September. 

Registrationvia this website. 
Venue: Pan Pacific and Novotel Hotels
Inquiries: Angelique Julien, Paydirt Media
Email: angelique@paydirt.com.au

Africa Australia Research Forum (AARF)

We encourage you to also attend the Africa Australia Research Forum. The program will be available shortly.

AAUN Conference Hotel

AAUN Conference accommodation will be at the DUXTON Hotel in Perth.

Address: 1 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
Phone: (08) 9261 8000

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 $225 per night, with breakfast to be charged AUD $35 per person on consumption.

NOTE – the cut-off date for the special rate is 10 August 2024. Therefore, we strongly recommend booking early to get the best rate available.

Conference Venue

Curtin University’s city campus, Perth CBD
137 St George’s Terrace, Perth WA Australia

For more information please visit the website

Transport to and from the conference venue

It’s only walking distance between the conference hotel and the event venue at Curtin University’s city campus. We will not arrange a shuttle bus between the conference Hotel and the event venue. Please arrange your own transport to attend the event. The information for Taxis in Perth is below:


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 13 32 22 (Black and White Cabs) to book a taxi in advance. More information available on this website.

Knowledge Partners




Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Forum and AGM
Date: 1-3 September 2024
Venue: Curtin University city campus, 137 St George’s Terrace, Perth 
Contact: A/Prof Grace Liu
Email: aaun@unsw.edu.au