History of the R&D Topics Conference
The RACI Research and Development Topics conference was founded in 1992 by Professor Neil W. Barnett (School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University), with the first meeting being held in 1993 at Deakin University. Since then, fifteen universities from around Australia have successfully hosted the meeting, which typically attracts upwards of 100 delegates and is widely considered the premier conference in its field in Australia.
Based on a similar conference (the Analytical Research Forum) run by the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), the meeting is attended and organised primarily by postgraduate students (honours, masters, PhD students and young researchers in industry) who are currently undertaking research in analytical and/or environmental chemistry, with supervisors and company representatives also welcome to attend.
Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the long running status of R&D Topics is a tribute to the great success of this conference format, with many former students now attending the conference as supervisors.
|1993||Deakin University, Victoria|
|1994||University of Canberra, ACT|
|1995||University of Newcastle, New South Wales|
|1997||Deakin University, Victoria|
|1998||University of Tasmania, Tasmania|
|1999||UNSW, New South Wales|
|2000||Charles Sturt University, New South Wales|
|2002||Deakin University, Victoria|
|2003||University of Western Sydney, New South Wales|
|2004||University of Melbourne, Victoria|
|2005||Monash University, Victoria|
|2006||University of Wollongong, New South Wales|
|2007||Flinders University, South Australia|
|2008||Macquarie University, New South Wales|
|2009||Griffith University, Queensland|
|2010||University of Tasmania, Tasmania|
|2011||La Trobe University, Victoria|
|2012||Deakin University, Victoria|