Engineers Australia National Conferences

Contact information

For further information on the conferences, please contact the Events Operations Manager,  Robyn Boak

The National Events Team for Engineers Australia works in consultation with College Boards, National Committees, National Panels, Technical Societies and Special Interest Groups as well as with internal stakeholders to deliver over 50-60 international and national conferences, more than 50 award programs including 5 gala awards, the national eminent speaker series', seminars and SIG events.

The conference program averages 20 conferences a year, ranging from annual conferences of 60-750 managed in-house through to major international congresses of more than a 1000 delegates. It works in partnership with other kindred bodies and seeks to further the engineering profession by delivering high level CPD to its members and associates through exceptional meeting management. Events are managed by the highly experienced National Events Team internally as well as with professional conference organisers.


Dynamic EcoLibrium - Sustainable Engineering Society Conference (SENG 2015)

The Sustainable Engineering Society (SENG) is holding its next national conference on the 9 - 10 September 2015 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
SENG plays a significant role in Engineers Australia - the peak engineering body with over 100 000 members – whose Code of Ethics requires engineers to act in the interests of community and sustainability ahead of sectional interests. The theme of ‘Dynamic Eco-librium’ highlights the importance of maintaining healthy, balanced dynamic activity in both the economy and ecosystem. Themes for the conference include:

  • Energy – renewables, efficiency, effectiveness
  • Resources – water, land, food, biosphere, minerals
  • Waste and Consumption – avoiding, reducing, reusing, recycling
  • Infrastructure – planning, design, construction, operations, economics
  • Leadership – A vision/plan for a sustainable future, equitable society, externalities
When:  9 - 10 Sept 2015
Where:  Adelaide, SA


21st Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference & 14th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference (Coasts & Ports 2015)

Coasts and Ports 2015 Conference; an amalgamation of the 22nd Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 15th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference.

The Coasts and Ports Conference series is the pre-eminent forum in the Australasian region for professionals to meet and discuss issues extending across all disciplines relating to coasts and ports. Coasts & Ports 2015 will bring together engineers, planners, scientists, stakeholders and researchers to focus on the technological, scientific, policy, planning and design issues related to our diverse and developing coasts.

The theme for our conference is Environomics. Environment and economics – can we have both? The idea behind this theme is the balancing act between protecting and preserving the environment and achieving economic growth and prosperity. How can investors, regulators and the public develop a win-win strategy? What is the appropriate balance of protecting against future climate change scenarios while enabling societies to benefit from their locations?

Coasts & Ports 2015 will be held in Auckland, New Zealand from 15 - 18 September 2015. The conference venue is at the Pullman Hotel and Conference Centre. This venue is ideally located to provide easy access to the centre of Auckland and our fantastic harbours. We hope to see you in Auckland in September 2015 for stimulating discussions, networking and fun!

When:  15 - 18 Sept 2015
Where:  Auckland, NZ


International Conference on Coal Science & Technology 2015 (ICCS&T 2015)

15th International Conference on Coal Science and Technology marks the first time the conference will be held in Australia, a country with a rich coal history. The goal of the conference is to bring together the academic, industrial and government communities to exchange ideas, concepts and innovations for the shared purpose of facilitating coal research advances.

Unlike the previous conferences, the 2015 edition will bring a different dimension aligning the conference with APCChE & CHEMECA.

The ICCS&T, APCChE and CHEMECA are working together on some exciting keynote speakers presenting combined plenary sessions. Each conference will still run their own scientific program. 

When: 27 Sep - 01 Oct 2015
Where:  Melbourne, VIC 


Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering Congress 2015
(APCChE 2015) - incorporating Chemeca 2015

APCChE is a bi-annual conference for the Asian Pacific community of chemical and process engineers and industrial chemists who come together to discuss latest developments in the field, recognise outstanding achievement and share lessons learned.

APCChE 2015 will provide an excellent platform for chemical engineers and researchers to showcase their latest research and technologies. It will give opportunities to share vision with some prestigious leaders from industry, government and academia to discuss solutions to the grand challenges humanity faces, such as energy, water, food and the environment.

When: 27 Sep - 01 Oct 2015
Where: Melbourne, VIC


The ATS Tunnel Design & Construction Short Course 2015

The Australasian Tunnelling Society (ATS) is pleased to announce that the Tunnel Design & Construction Short Course is to be held again in 2015. This year the course will be held in Brisbane over three consecutive days in October.  The format will be two days of presentations on topics related to tunnel design and construction to be held at the Brisbane Marriott and the third day a practical workshop at Brisbane’s Mount Coo-tha Quarry. The course will be supported by a social program developed to give the opportunity for course delegates to meet with ATS committee members and experienced tunnelling engineers of the Australian tunnelling industry. The course is open to members and non-members of the ATS and Engineers Australia.

Australasian Tunnelling Society is a Technical Society of Engineers Australia and affiliated with Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand and the International Tunnelling Association (ITA).

The Australasian Tunnelling Society (ATS) aims to advance the knowledge of the Australasian Tunnelling Industry through areas of design, construction and utilisation of underground space, including technical aspects, health and safety, and ecologically sustainable development. The ATS is jointly sponsored by Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

When:  7 - 9 October 2015
Where:  Brisbane, Qld

9th International Water Sensitive Urban Design Conference & 3rd International Erosion Control Conference (WSUD 2015)

The Conference will explore more effective ways at managing and integrating stormwater, from the concept and design, through to construction and into operation.

International practitioners, academics and students across disciplines will integrate in a common forum to engage, collaborate and discuss holistic water management practices. Key themes of the Conference include:

  • Consideration of the impacts of all stages of the urban development cycle on waterways. A critical issue is to ensure that the intent of the water quality systems are designed, constructed and maintained well, and that the intent of these systems is not being undone by uncontrolled pollution during the construction stage.
  • Clarity on the costs and multiple benefits of stormwater treatment systems. There is ongoing discussion on the related benefits of stormwater systems which the Conference will be seeking to consolidate. These benefits include outcomes such as urban greening, as well as improved aesthetics and amenity.
  • Solution and ideas on integrating the water quality and quantity controls into the urban planning landscape and construction process to obtain multiple benefits.

Keynote speakers will establish a vision for the Conference and challenge delegates. Throughout the Conference, a combination of technical papers, expert panel sessions, open discussion forums and exhibitions will be used to provoke thoughts and elicit discussion. A selection of pre-Conference Workshops will be offered and an optional site tour on the final day showcase the current evolution of stormwater management in Sydney.

This thought-provoking Conference will challenge delegates’ thinking and knowledge while expanding their views on holistic stormwater management.

When:  19 - 23 October 2015
Where:  Sydney, NSW

Australian Systems Engineering Workshop (ASEW)

The Systems Engineering Society of Australia (SESA) will be hosting the 2015 Australian Systems Engineering Workshop (ASEW) in Sydney from 28-30 October 2015, featuring the 5th Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Symposium. The 2015 ASEW and MBSE Symposium will bring together leading technical, research, government and industry delegates from around Australia and overseas.

SESA is the leading professional body for sharing, promoting and advancing complex Systems Engineering within Australia. We are a Technical Society of Engineers Australia and the Australian chapter of the global professional body the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

Consideration of the impacts of all stages of the urban development cycle on waterways. A critical issue is to ensure that the intent of the water quality systems are designed, constructed and maintained well, and that the intent of these systems is not being undone by uncontrolled pollution during the construction stage.

This year ASEW will feature:

  • ASEW workshops and business meetings (Friday 30th October) from specialist SESA/INCOSE working groups including:
    • Transport Industry Working Group
    • Energy Transition Working Group
    • Engineering Process Standards Working Group
    • Model-Based Conceptual Design Working Group
  • Model-Based Systems Engineering Symposium (Wed/Thursday 28th/29th October)

Together we share, promote and advance the best of systems engineering and the benefits this approach can bring to modern complex systems.

When:  28 - 30 October 2015
Where:  Sydney, NSW

The Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference (ABEC 2015)

ABEC 2015 will bring together hundreds of healthcare professionals from across the nation. Join us in Melbourne for four days of learning opportunities, networking, coffee, and to see the latest in research and advances in healthcare technology.

Who should attend?

ABEC 2015 attracts professionals from the public, private and government sectors who are:

  • Biomedical researchers
  • Clinical engineers
  • Biomedical equipment technicians
  • Healthcare and hospital IT specialists
  • Biomedical engineers
  • Clinicians
  • Medical equipment suppliers

No matter where you are in your career – a seasoned professional, student, or new to the community – ABEC 2015 is for everyone who studies, works or is a researcher in the healthcare profession.


22 - 25 November 2015

Where:  Melbourne, Vic


Asia Pacific International Symposium International on Aerospace Engineering (APISAT 2015)

We are pleased to announce the 7th Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Aerospace Technology (APISAT) which will be held in Cairns, Australia, on 25 – 27 November 2015. Since the inception of APISAT in 2008 by the national aerospace societies of Korea (KSASS), China (CSAA), Japan (JSASS) and Australia (RAeS Australian Division), APISAT has become the prime forum for aerospace research and development in the Asia-Pacific region. Northern Queensland boasts many sites of natural splendour, such as the tropical rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, and it will be an excellent backdrop for the conference. The organisation is a joint effort by the RAeS Australian Division and Engineers Australia.

When: 25-27 November 2015
Where:  Cairns, QLD

Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics (ANZCOP 2015)

The Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics (ANZCOP) conference series integrates the Australian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy (ACOLS) and the Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT). ANZCOP 2015 is the second such conference, and is run under the auspices of the Australian Optical Society and Engineers Australia.  
Optics and photonics research continues to be a dynamic and exciting field or research internationally and within Australia. It can be used to ask and answer fundamental questions about quantum mechanics and atomic physics and to probe chemical reactions, to make new types of chemical and environmental sensors, new biological sensors and medical diagnostics and devices, better computers and communications systems, better fundamental standards and metrology, and even to measure elusive ripples in the curvature of space-time.  
We warmly invite you to attend ANZCOP 2015 at the University of Adelaide from Monday 30 November to Thursday 3 December. In addition to being the International Year of Light, 2015 is the centenary of Einstein’s publication of the field equations for General Relativity and is the year in which the ultra-sensitive Advanced LIGO laser interferometric detectors will re-start the search for gravitational waves. ANZCOP 2015 will include a wide variety of plenary talks, including the Advanced LIGO project and the latest developments in bio-photonics, and a plenary by the 2015 Frew Fellow: Professor Ursula Keller of ETH Zurich.  
Come to ANZCOP in 2015. Help us celebrate the IYL and enjoy the exciting science and technology.
When: 30 November - 3 December, 2015
Where:  Adelaide, SA

36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium (HWRS 2015)

We invite you to Hobart, Tasmania for the 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium to be held 7-10 December 2015 at the Grand Chancellor.

This event, hosted by Engineers Australia and its National Committee on Water Engineering, is Australia’s leading symposium devoted to hydrology and water resource.

When: 7-10 December 2015
Where:  Hobart, TAS


18th Australian Engineering Heritage Conference

The 18th Australian Engineering Heritage Conference is to be held in Newcastle, NSW, hosted and organised by the Newcastle Division of Engineers Australia and Engineering Heritage Australia.

The conference is being held in Newcastle at a time of rapid change.

When: 7-9 December 2015
Where: Newcastle, NSW


12th Conference on Hydraulics in Water Engineering

On behalf of the Ecohydraulics Committee of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) and the National Committee on Water Engineering of Engineers Australia (EA), I am delighted to invite you to the 12th Conference on Hydraulics in Water Engineering on 9-11 Feb 2016, in Melbourne, Australia. This conference will be run jointly with the 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics (ISE2016).

Under the overall theme of Hydraulics and the Environment – Working with Nature, the National Conference on Hydraulics in Water Engineering will focus on the ways in which hydraulics contributes to sustainable engineering investigations and design in the water environment.

It is my pleasure to announce that the 12th Conference on Hydraulics in Water Engineering technical program will include the following:

  • Keynote presentations, including Henderson Oration
  • Technical Sessions with oral and poster presentations on water engineering hydraulics

This conference is being jointly run with the 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics (ISE2016), which will take place on 7-12 Feb. Delegates have the option of registering for the full ISE 2016 meeting (including registration for the three-day Hydraulics in Water Engineering conference) or register just for the three-day Hydraulics in Water Engineering conference.

Abstracts are due on the 22nd May 2015. Further details of the conference, submission of abstracts and registration are available on the conference website.

When: 9-11 Feb 2016
Where: Melbourne, Vic

RISK 2016 Conference

Following the successful RISK 2014 Conference held in Brisbane, Australia, the Executive Committee of Risk Engineering Society (RES) invites you and your colleagues to attend its RISK Engineering Conference on 18-20 May 2016 at the Swissotel Sydney, NSW, Australia.

The theme for the RISK 2016 Conference is

“Risk & Opportunity in a State of Development”

Whether you are interested in learning the latest risk management techniques, simply mastering the basics or to network with other successful practitioners in the field of risk management, the RISK 2016 Conference is a valuable opportunity to be a part of risk the engineering community.

Organised and managed by lead industry practitioners and academia, the national RISK 2016 Conference is the only conference of its kind balancing practical case studies, comprehensive options, future educational topics as well as high level strategic risk management applications and implementation.

Australia as a nation is undergoing serious changes and challenges in many areas – such as geopolitical, infrastructure extension and renewal along with climate change ramifications – with issues such as adaptation and resilience becoming common catch-cries. Sydney is currently seeing many large infrastructure developments such as Sydney Metro, Sydney Light Rail, North Connex, WestConnex, and Badgerys Creek Airport. The ‘development’ in the theme is intended to cover any or all of the issues alluded to above, with the understanding and management of risk being an essential element of any such development.

Chartered Professional Engineers are required to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with at least 10% of their CPD credits being risk-related. Participation in this conference will count towards this requirement and it may also count towards CPD for many other professionals.

I look forward to welcome you at the RISK 2016 Conference as an active member of the risk engineering community.

Ian Ackland FIEAust CPEng
Chair of the Organising Committee,
Risk Engineering Society, Sydney Division

When: 18-20 May 2016
Where: Sydney, NSW


ASEC 2016 – Australasian Structural Engineering Conference – The Roles of Structural Engineers

The Australasian Structural Engineers Conference (ASEC) is an initiative of Engineers Australia Structural College.  It aims to promote Structural Engineering and exchange ideas for advancing the profession among practising structural engineers, students, academia and industry.  ASEC’s heritage dates back to 1983, growing a reputation for its practical and research coverage of all things in structural engineering.  The conference has been held in various cities in Australia and New Zealand with different themes, attracting up to 500 participants to each conference.  Conferences held since 2000 are:

Year Theme City
2001 Bridges to the Future Gold Coast
2005 Preserving and Building into the future Newcastle
2008 Engaging with Structural Engineering Melbourne
2010 Innovative Community Building Sydney
2012 The Past, Present and Future of Structural Engineering Perth
2014 Structural Engineering in Australasia – World Standard Auckland, NZ
2016 The Roles of Structural Engineers Brisbane


ASEC2016 will be held in Brisbane, at the world-class Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre (venue for the 2014 G20 World Leaders Summit) from 23 to 25 November 2016

When: 23-25 November 2016
Where: Brisbane, Qld
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