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
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Romilly 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 join us 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 call for abstracts has now closed. 

Abstracts presented at CSE23 will explore these themes:



Abstract accepted?

If your abstract has been accepted for CSE23 and your presentation type is technical oral with paper, you need to submit your full paper for review by 11.59 PM AEST on Sunday 23 July.

Instructions for how to submit your paper were included with your abstract acceptance email.

For more information about presentation types, view the submission guidelines and the speaker and author agreement.


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 Wednesday 2 August.

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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      • All registration fees are quoted in and will be charged in Australian dollars.
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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.

      CSE23 has an exciting line-up of expert speakers. 

      More speakers to be announced soon. 

      Just announced

      Headshot of Ruby Heard
      Ruby Heard
      Director, Alinga Energy Consulting

      Ruby Heard is a versatile and ambitious entrepreneur and electrical engineer with global experience and an affinity for sustainability. She began her career with Arup designing electrical and lighting systems for iconic buildings in Melbourne. In 2015 she transferred to San Francisco to follow her passion into the renewable energy sector, designing complex solar arrays and microgrids for Google campuses.

      In 2018 Ruby volunteered with Engineers Without Borders on a six-month expedition to support the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees energy team in Ethiopia. On her return to Australia Ruby founded Alinga Energy Consulting. Alinga is a socially conscious engineering consultancy that provides specialist energy services to the commercial, government and NGO sectors within Australia and internationally. Her company has a particular focus on areas where energy accessibility and affordability issues prevent or limit the availability of reliable power.

      With indigenous heritage originating from the Jaru people of the Kimberley, Ruby is especially driven to find solutions for Indigenous communities. In 2019 Ruby was recognised by Engineers Australia in their 100 Engineers Making a Difference list and was awarded Young Professional Engineer of the Year in Victoria.

      Headshot of Kane Thornton in blue suit
      Kane Thornton
      Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council

      Kane Thornton is Chief Executive of the Clean Energy Council, the peak body for the renewable energy and energy storage industry in Australia.

      Kane has almost 20 years experience in energy policy and leadership in the development of the renewable energy industry. He has been at the forefront of the development of the clean energy sector into a global clean energy superpower, influencing and driving the politics, policies and initiatives that have been critical to the industry's growth.

      Kane has broad management and leadership experience having previously worked for IBM, Hydro Tasmania and DFAT based in Japan. He has held a range of advisory and board roles with government and non-government organisations in the climate change and energy sector including as the Chair of leading national community organisation Renew and the Deputy Chair of Sustainability Victoria.

      Kane is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Masters in Social Science and Bachelor of Information Technology. He grew up in regional Victoria, is an enthusiastic road cyclist and father of two teenagers

      Dr Margie Warrell
      Dr Margie Warrell
      Senior Partner, Korn Ferry

      Dr Margie Warrell is a bestselling author, leadership advisor and global authority on courageous leadership. Margie has walked the path of ‘courage over comfort’ many times since her childhood growing up in rural Victoria. A Senior Partner in the leadership advisory practice at Korn Ferry, Margie has lived and worked around the world and draws on her diverse background in business, psychology and coaching to help leaders navigate the complex challenges and risks in todays increasingly uncertain and volatile world. The titles of Margie’s Live Brave podcast and bestselling books – such as Stop Playing Safe, Find Your Courage and You’ve Got This! – speak to her passion for people to think bigger and lead braver lives.

      A Women’s Economic Forum honouree, Margie sits on the board of Forbes School of Business and Technology. Her doctoral dissertation in women’s leadership informs her work advancing women to leadership roles. Currently living in Washington D.C., Margie is married to an engineer who also hails from Victoria.


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

      Find us

      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.


      We’ve secured preferential pricing for you at a selection of nearby hotels.

      Access preferential pricing

      These hotels have been carefully selected for convenience and sustainability credentials. 

      Book your hotel


      7 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3006 (0.49 km from MCEC)
      Novotel Melbourne South Wharf
      test hotel 3
      • Direct access into MCEC
      • Complimentary wifi
      • 24-hour access to onsite fitness centre
      • Pillow menu

      Sustainability practices

      • No single use plastic amenities
      • Eco-friendly amenities, cleaning products and paper
      • Paper, glass, carboard and plastic recycling
      • Energy efficient lighting
      • Hot water, heating and air conditioning networks insulated against heat loss
      • Sustainably and responsibly sourced produce
      • Cooking oil collected and recycled


      2 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3006 (0.38 km from MCEC)
      Pan Pacific Melbourne Hotel
      test hotel 2
      • Direct access into MCEC
      • Complimentary wifi
      • Complimentary newspapers
      • 24-hour access to onsite fitness centre

      Sustainability practices

      • No plastic bottles – filtered hot, cold and sparkling water available in lobby
      • Energy efficient lighting – LED and sensor lights
      • Recycling – 70 per cent of hotel waste recycled including all fluorescent tubes, light bulbs, batteries and electronic devices
      • Soap Aid – participation in the environmental impact reduction program, with 1664 kg of soap bars collected from guest rooms
      • Sustainable sourcing – local products used whenever possible


      550 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 (0.46 km from MCEC)
      Brady Apartment Hotel Melbourne
      test hotel 4
      • Complimentary wifi
      • Work desk
      • Full equipped kitchenette or kitchen

      Sustainability practices

      • Water wise – water saving shower heads and taps, instant hot water systems, rainwater filled industrial fire water tanks
      • Energy wise – sensor lights, energy saving light bulbs, card-controlled room electricity, Otis ReGen elevators
      • Recycling – glass, hard plastics and paper
      • Urban Skincare co. amenities – post-consumer recycled plastic, EcoPure in all tubes to assist with biological breakdown of plastic


      509 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000 (0.58 km from MCEC)
      Quincy Hotel Melbourne
      Quincy Hotel Melbourne
      • Complimentary wifi
      • Rooftop swimming pool


      1 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 (0.87 km from MCEC)
      Vibe Hotel Melbourne
      Vibe Hotel Melbourne
      • Complimentary wifi
      • Work desk
      • Gym and swimming pool
      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 Rodgers
      National Manager, Corporate Engagement
      03 9321 1716
      [email protected]

      Meg Purdy
      Manager, Corporate Engagement
      07 3226 3008
      [email protected]


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