Climate Smart Engineering 2023

9.00am — 5.30pm, 29 — 30 November 2023
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Vic, 3006
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
A message from CEO Romilly Madew AO FTSE HonFIEAust
Help us to shape CSE23
CEO Romily Madew AO

Welcome to Engineers Australia’s Climate Smart Engineering Conference, CSE23, our flagship event now in its third year. CSE23 will be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 29 and 30 November 2023.

Since its foundation in 2021, CSE has become a focal point for debate and knowledge sharing. Last year, CSE22 explored the ways engineers can navigate the complexities of achieving net zero emissions and drive the transition to a clean energy economy.

This year, a full technical program will support the plenary sessions. CSE23 has a Plenary Program Advisory Council, chaired by myself and a Technical Program Advisory Team chaired by Engineers Australia Chief Engineer Jane MacMaster and comprising the input of 19 Engineers Australia colleges and technical societies.

CSE23 will bring you the latest in world-leading views and engaging debate on solutions to address climate change, responding to extreme events, biodiversity loss, boosting the circular economy and upholding the principles of sustainable practices in engineering.

As creative problem solvers and systems thinkers, engineers are at the forefront of the fight against climate change. The profession stewards the delivery of mitigation and adaptation strategies to address the worst impacts of global warming and innovates to deploy new technologies for a clean fuel and energy future.  

We invite you to contribute your ideas and help us continue this important work with us at CSE23.

Engineers Australia members can also claim CPD hours for presenting and attending CSE23.

Contact information

If you have any questions about CSE23 or the arrangements, please email the secretariat at [email protected]


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The 2023 Climate Smart Engineering conference (CSE23) is now open for abstracts.

This is an opportunity to present your work and ideas and have it form an important part of CSE23. Your abstract needs to fit one of the following themes: 

  • Circular economy: Doing more with less – efficiencies, optimisation and beneficial reuse.

  • Resilience: Design for a changing world – resilience and disaster resilience.

  • Energy transition: Moving towards a fossil fuel free future.

  • Technology and innovation: Accelerating sustainable outcomes – digitisation and automation.

  • Regeneration:  Engineering to protect and restore nature and biodiversity.

  • Adaptation and mitigation: Beyond zero – net zero pathways, carbon drawdown and CCUS.

  • Social impact: Community-centred engineering (including enhancing social value).

  • Systems thinking approach: Collaboration, shared outcomes, multi-industry, discipline solving.

  • Business management: Financial, data, reporting and other requirements of sustainability in an engineering context.

Abstracts may relate to any sector or industry that has a contribution to reduce emissions, such as:

  • energy
  • transport
  • agriculture
  • waste
  • buildings
  • infrastructure
  • water
  • coastal
  • manufacturing
  • defence
  • space
  • mining.

Authors can submit and present one abstract only. All abstracts, with the exception of poster presentations, are peer-reviewed.

Review the CSE23 abstract submission guidelines and CSE23 speaker and author agreement before you submit.


Submit an abstract

Submit your abstract by 11.59 pm AEST on Wednesday 12 April 2023.

We'll let you know if your abstract has been accepted and what you need to do next.


If your abstract is accepted, you have the choice to present your material in one of the following formats.

Presentation types


All oral presentations consist of a brief presentation and then a question and answer with the audience.

Technical oral

If you're giving a technical oral presentation, you can choose between one with a paper or one without. We do recommend submitting a paper as these will be published following the conference.

All technical oral presentations should address advancements in technical research with investigations and studies to support. They should also include industry trends if applicable and contribute to a scholarly discourse.

If you wish to submit a paper, choose the 'paper required' option when you submit your abstract. If your abstract is accepted for the conference, a paper will be required and we'll be in touch with further information. In general, papers should be between eight and 15 pages including illustrations, appendices and a biography. All papers from the conference will be published in the RMIT Informit Engineering Collection as 'CSE Proceedings' within three months of the conference. Papers in this collection will be available in the EA publication library and be searchable via Google, Google Scholar, NLA, EBSCO, OCLC, Summon and various other search engines.

Industry oral

Industry oral presentations should showcase industry-specific benchmark practices, lessons learned, project work and relevant strategies. You don't need to submit a paper for an industry oral presentation.


If you don't wish to speak at the conference you can still provide input with a poster which can be displayed at the conference. Posters can include any sort of visual information including photos, graphics, text, reference tables and figures. All posters should include a summary of your key findings and recommendations for future research or projects. You don't need to submit a paper for a poster presentation.

If you have any questions about abstracts or the various formats please email the secretariat at [email protected].


Don't miss out on early bird pricing. Register now to take advantage of these discounted prices before early bird registration closes at 11.59pm AEST on Friday 2 June 2023.

Members can claim CPD hours for attending CSE23.

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Note that full registration does not include tickets to the Engineers Australia Excellence Awards dinner. To register for the dinner, be sure to select this when you complete the online registration form.


Full registration includes:

  • In-person participation at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.  
  • Access to all plenaries and conference sessions within the program.
  • Access to the networking reception.
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day.

Day registration includes:

  • In-person participation at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.  
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on the day you are attending.
  • Access to the networking reception if it is being held on the day you have registered to attend.

Not included:

  • Tickets to the networking function if you haven't registered for the day it is being held. You may purchase a ticket at an additional cost.
  • Tickets to the Engineers Australia Excellence Awards dinner. You may purchase a ticket to the dinner separately or when you register.

If you have any questions about registration, please email the secretariat at [email protected]


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      • Registration fees are inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
      • Sharing of registrations is not permitted, a separate registration is required for each individual.
      • A student is defined as a holder of a student identification card from an accredited engineering institution.
      • A copy of your student identification card must be supplied at the time of registration. Without this copy, the full registration fee will be charged.
      Terms and conditions

      Listed below are the terms and conditions for this event.

      1. The following refund terms will apply for cancellation of an event registration:
        • Cancellation more than 60 days before the event will incur a AU$50 cancellation fee.
        • Cancellation between 30 and 60 days before will incur a AU$100 cancellation fee.
        • Cancellation within 30 days of the event will not be refunded.
        • Transfer of event registration will be permitted if you notify us with at least five business days’ notice of the event. Any difference in fees will need to be paid if the substitute registrant is not entitled to the same event registration rate. No refunds will be provided for transfers to a lower event fee item.
      2. Engineers Australia reserves the right to alter, amend or cancel any or all of the elements in the event program.
      3. Where a payment has been made, there will be no refund for those who do not attend.
      4. By attending, or registering to attend an event, you agree to Engineers Australia's Terms and ConditionsPrivacy Policy and Terms of Access.

      The Climate Smart Engineering Conference (CSE23) will be held in Melbourne, Australia at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

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      Our chosen venue is a leading sustainable event destination with environmental sustainability at its heart. MCEC is a signatory to the Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge, as announced at the Global Climate Summit COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland 2021. The pledge commits the industry to achieve net zero by 2050, in line with the targets laid on in the Paris Climate Acord. However, at MCEC, they are going one better, with a commitment to achieve net zero by 2030. Discover more about MCEC's sustainability targets, strategy and key achievements. 

      Discounted dining

      Get 10 per cent off your bill when you dine at participating South Wharf bars and restaurants just by showing your CSE23 ticket!


      When attending CSE23 please consider sustainable transport options such as walking or utilising convenient public transport options available on the doorstep of the venue rather than driving. Visit Public Transport Victoria to find out about Melbourne's public transport options.


      About Melbourne and Victoria

      Set on the shores of picturesque Port Phillip Bay is Melbourne; the city where creativity and innovation come together to deliver great events, exciting places to explore and cutting-edge advancements that are globally acclaimed.

      Melbourne is easy to navigate and perfect to explore on foot or via our extensive transport network. It invites delegates to discover its creative culture, expressed in its food, fashion, events, arts and music scene.

      For those wanting to explore further afield, the unique natural beauty of regional Victoria is just a short trip away. Inspiring day trips are waiting to be enjoyed just over an hour from the city centre. Discover some of Victoria’s rugged and dramatic coastlines, incredible food and boutique wineries, wellbeing experiences and charming regional villages that will really make for a memorable visit.

      Melbourne is a convention city. Find out what you can do and experience in Melbourne pre- and post- CSE23 at Melbourne Convention Bureau.


      Discover the secrets of Melbourne

      While you're in Melbourne for CSE23, why not take the opportunity to fully explore one of the world's most liveable cities?

      Enjoy Australia's shopping capital, sample our world-class cuisine or take a day trip or two.


      Explore the beauty of Victoria


      Sponsor Climate Smart Engineering (CSE23) and take advantage of the unique opportunities to explore new markets and strengthen your brand presence at this national event.

      All sponsorship packages are designed especially for CSE23. Choose one that best matches the marketing strategy of your company.

      For information on sponsorship opportunities or tailored packages, please contact:


      Amanda Rogers

      National Manager, Corporate Engagement

      Phone: (03) 9321 1716

      Email: [email protected]


      Meg Purdy

      Manager, Corporate Engagement

      Phone: (07) 3226 3008

      Email: [email protected]


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