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The conference committee looks forward to announcing our keynote speakers and panellists soon. In the meantime, we can share with you the outline of activities.

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Delegates may arrive throughout Wednesday in time for the conference official opening on Thursday.

Those who arrive early can participate in tours and activities on the Wednesday.

Late in the afternoon, we’ll host a social barbecue Welcome Event at the historic Alumni Court (adjacent to UQ’s Great Court) to close out the day.

Thursday 22 November 2018

Thursday is the official start of the conference. A keynote speaker will address the conference theme in the morning, followed by presentations by conference delegates, workshops and tours. Between these sessions will be catered breaks in the GCI Atrium, along with poster displays, a tradeshow with a variety of vendors, and small activities.

The evening is the chance to be social and to boogie the night away at the official conference dinner.

Order of the day, in summary:

  • Registration
  • Opening address
  • Keynote speaker on the conference theme
  • Morning tea, conference posters and trade display
  • Session 1 talks
  • Lunch, conference posters and trade display
  • Session 2 talks and tours
  • Afternoon tea, conference posters and trade display
  • Session 3 workshops and tours
  • Conference dinner

Friday 23 November 2018

The goodness keeps rolling on with more speakers, tours and activities on the Friday. All delegates are invited to the TechNet Australia AGM in the morning, followed by a panel discussion on the conference theme. Break-out sessions follow, with the conference close occurring around 4:15pm.

Order of the day, in summary:

  • Registration for day registrants
  • TechNet Australia AGM
  • Keynote panel on the conference theme
  • Morning tea, conference posters and trade display
  • Session 4 talks and workshops
  • Lunch, conference posters and trade display
  • Session 5 talks and tours
  • Afternoon tea, conference posters and trade display
  • Final session and conference close
  • (Optional) Informal social event

TECHNICAL PROGRAM

We have confirmed two exciting, full-day tours for Wednesday 21 November. Short facility tours will also be offered during the conference on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 November.

Tour 1: UQ Gatton Campus

UQ’s historic Gatton Campus is situated 80 km west of Brisbane in the heart of the Lockyer Valley food bowl. Established as an agricultural college in 1897, it now also hosts animal, veterinary and wildlife science.

This tour will cater to a range of interests such as:

  • Issues specific to small and regional campuses
  • Solar farm and research facility, and geothermal tower
  • Agricultural and food science facilities
  • Veterinary science facilities, including medical equipment management

More information will be forthcoming about activities and topics for this tour.

Participants for this tour should arrive at UQ St Lucia at 8:45am.

A small fee will be payable to participate in this field trip.

Tour 2: Moreton Bay Research Station

The Moreton Bay Research Station is east of Brisbane on North Stradbroke Island, the world’s second-largest sand island. The research station there supports marine and terrestrial teaching, research and other education activities.

This tour would be of particular interest to any facility, technical or safety manager. It is also definitely for you if your team manages or uses stand-alone small, regional or remote facilities.

The tour will include a look at the facility’s accommodation, research lab, teaching lab/theatre and discussion of active projects. Technical discussion points include:

1. The challenges of a dynamic lab space: adapting labs to meet temporary research requirements
2. Supporting tertiary research and education in a semi-isolated and protected environment
3. Building and adapting new spaces and equipment (relevant to facilities of all sizes/locations)

Lunch will be on the other side of the island at beautiful Point Lookout. Here you’ll see stunning views of the coastline from the Gorge Walk, interesting native plants in the surrounding bushland, and there is a real possibility of spotting wildlife such as kangaroos, raptors, turtles, dolphins, whales and more.

Participants for this tour should arrive at UQ St Lucia at 8:15am, or depart in a taxi from the domestic airport at 8:45am (available upon request).

A small fee will be payable to participate in this field trip.