WUN Conference and AGM 2018

The next WUN Conference & AGM will be held in Perth, Australia from 20 to 25 May 2018. 

Attendees can expect an exciting program accompanied by a warm Aussie welcome in the vibrant city of Perth, a nexus between Africa, Asia and Oceania that boasts sunny weather, beaches, native flora and fauna, and of course our excellent WUN member, The University of Western Australia, to whom we extend our thanks for their cooperation and support.

As usual, the event will be a multi-purpose gathering that incorporates the yearly face-to-face meetings of our Global Challenge and Governance Groups, plenary discussion sessions on strategic issues, the annual Presidents Forum as well as a range of academic workshops and forums organised by WUN’s global challenge collaborations and project teams. 

Please note that the following is a draft outline that is subject to change.  

We encourage you to check back regularly for updates as the specific programs within this framework are added.

Key Dates

20-22 May: Academic Workshops

Location: University Club of Western Australia unless stated otherwise

Workshop programs available soon. 

Sunday 20 May

Academic Workshops

  • Responding to Climate Change Workshop 'Water for sustainable food, renewable energy and biodiverse ecosystems under a changing climate' opens with visit to Future Farm 2050 Project at UWA Farm Ridgefield
    Buses departing from Pan Pacific Hotel at 08:00 (return 16:00) 
  • Understanding Cultures Workshop 'Cultures in flux: Migration and cultural dynamics in the past and present' opens

Monday 21 May

Academic Workshops

  • Public Health Workshop 'Promoting Adaptability across the Life Course' opens
  • Understanding Cultures Workshop 'Cultures in flux: Migration and cultural dynamics in the past and present' continues
  • Responding to Climate Change Workshop 'Water for sustainable food, renewable energy and biodiverse ecosystems under a changing climate' continues
  • Working Dinner: Global China Group, Global Africa Group, Policy Group

Tuesday 22 May

Academic Workshops

  • Public Health Workshop 'Promoting Adaptability across the Life Course' continues
  • Understanding Cultures Workshop 'Cultures in flux: Migration and cultural dynamics in the past and present' continues
  • Responding to Climate Change Workshop 'Water for sustainable food, renewable energy and biodiverse ecosystems under a changing climate' continues
Evening Tuesday 22 May
  • Welcome to Western Australia Event, hosted by UWA
    Location: Frasers at Kings Park.
    Buses to venue departing at Pan Pacific Hotel, time TBC

23-24 May: Business Meetings (Global Challenge Steering Groups, Governance Groups), Plenary Sessions and AGM


Location Day program: 
University Club of Western Australia 

Wednesday 23 May

09.00-09.15

Welcome to Country
Overview and goal setting for the day

09.15-09.45 Update on 2017-20 Strategic Plan implementation


- Research and Enabling Cores
- Education/Mobility

09.45-10.30 

Coffee break

10.30-12.00

Global Challenge Meetings: Session One

  • Global Higher Education and Research Global Challenge Steering Group
  • Understanding Cultures Global Challenge Steering Group
  • Public Health Global Challenge Steering Group
  • Responding to Climate Change Global Challenge Steering Group
12.00-13.30

Lunch

13.30-14.45

Global Challenge Meetings: Session Two (wrap up and prepare for Plenary)

  • Global Higher Education and Research Global Challenge Steering Group
  • Understanding Cultures Global Challenge Steering Group
  • Public Health Global Challenge Steering Group
  • Responding to Climate Change Global Challenge Steering Group
14.45-15.00 Coffee Break and move into Plenary
15.00-16.30

Plenary Session: Global Challenge Groups Reporting (Annual plans, Priorities, and SDG alignment)
Discussion on cross-Global Challenge Groups synergies/opportunities
Engagement with China, Africa and Policy Groups

16.45-18.00 End-of-Day Cocktail Reception - all welcome
Location: TBC
19.00-21.00 Governance Group Working Dinners at Pan Pacific Hotel

Thursday 24 May

09.00-09.15

Overview and goal setting for the day

09.15-09.45 Update on 2017-20 Strategic Plan implementation


- Engagement - Profile and Partnership

09.45-10.15 

Coffee break

10.15-12.00

Governance Group Meetings: Session One

- Partnership Board Governance Group Meeting

- AAG Governance Group Meeting (Global Challenge Chairs and Vice-Chairs attend ex-officio)

- Coordinators Governance Group Meeting

Note: Governance Group Meetings are exclusively for members of the respective WUN Governance Groups (Partnership Board, Academic Advisory Group, Coordinators). Any alternative representation arrangements must be proposed to the Chair in advance. 

12.00-13.30

Lunch

13.30-15.15

Governance Group Meetings: Session Two

- Partnership Board Governance Group Meeting

- AAG Governance Group Meeting (Global Challenge Chairs and Vice-Chairs attend ex-officio)

- Coordinators Governance Group Meeting

15.15-15.45 Coffee Break and move into Plenary
15.45-17.00

AGM (including reporting from Governance Groups)

19.30-21.30

Conference Dinner at Government House (Perth CBD), within walking distance from the Pan Pacific Hotel.
Departure from Pan Pacific Hotel at 19.15

Friday 25 May

WUN Presidents Forum: International Policy Research in Higher Education, The SDGs, Climate Accords, Belt and Road, Pacific Partnership

Location: University Club of Western Australia 
Time: 09.00 - 17.00

Please note: The Presidents Forum is open to all WUN delegates and invited guests.

Public Panel Discussion
Africa and Sustainable Development Agendas

Location: University Club of Western Australia 
Time: 17.30 – 19.30 

NOTE - Draft programs for these events on Friday 25 May 2018 will be available soon. 

Registration

Registration will open soon.

Venue

Day program events (20-25 May) will be held at the University Club of Western Australia 

Accommodation

Conference accommodation will be at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth. Please use this link to benefit from the special WUN rate at the Conference Hotel Pan Pacific Perth. We have negotiated a highly discounted rate of only AUD 170 per night, which includes wifi and breakfast.

NOTE - This offer is valid until 28 February 2018 or until the WUN room block is exhausted- so we strongly recommend booking early.

Visa requirements for Australia

If you are from a country other than Australia or New Zealand you will need a visa and a valid passport or other acceptable travel document to enter Australia.

Important things to note: 

  • apply for your visa in advance to allow for variances in processing times
  • consider Australia's health and character requirements, which you may have to meet as part of the visa application process
  • ensure you obtain a visa letter (see information below) to attach to your visa application
  • participants required to lodge paper-based visa applications should do so at the Australian visa office  nearest to their current country of residence.

Request your visa letter
Please contact us as soon as possible to request a visa letter.

Note – WUN might not be able to help if participants do not lodge their visa applications within recommended timeframes.

Please visit this website  for more information on visa requirements for Australia.

Conference Documents 

In the interest of the environment, hard copies of conference background documents including the conference schedule, will not be provided. Conference delegates will be provided with a link to an electronic document bank. 

We strongly encourage all attendees to carefully review their relevant documents in advance of the conference and AGM to make the most of our time together.

Getting there and away 

International flights arrive directly into Perth Airport from many global transit hubs. From the airport it's an easy 35 minute taxi or coach ride to the city centre.

For more information visit Perth Airport.

All day events will take place at The University Club of Western Australia (UWA campus). Buses will leave each morning at 8.15 am from the conference hotel, Pan Pacific Perth, and return at the end of the day’s program.

The conference dinner on 24 May will take place at Government House, Western Australia, which is within walking distance from the Pan Pacific Hotel. 

The special ‘Welcome to Western Australia’ event, hosted by UWA on the evening of 22 May, will take place at Frasers Kings Park. Buses will be provided to and from the venue, departing and returning (times TBC) at the Pan Pacific hotel.

The Responding to Climate Change Academic Workshop includes a site visit to Future Farm 2050 Project at UWA Farm Ridgefield on Sunday 20 May. Buses will depart from and return to (times TBC) the Pan Pacific hotel.

Visiting Western Australia

You may choose to extend your stay in Australia following the conference. To learn more about Western Australia, go to Visit Western AustraliaTo learn more about Perth, go to Visit Perth City.

Contact

Please contact WUN General Manager Dr Mike Hasenmueller for any matters related to this event. 

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