TechNet 2019: The Power of Connectivity

4–6 December 2019
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Event details

We are very fortunate to belong to a group, which covers Australia in its entirety. Being able to connect with the TechNet group through the internet as well as our annual conference gives us the strength and power to help each other, to improve practices, to find like-minded technical staff who are passionate about what we do and to create connections and form bonds, which can exist for a long time to come.

Through the power of connectivity we will come together to focus on ways to help make education and our world a better place, to continue to make new connections and renew old ones.

We look forward to seeing you all in Geelong, Victoria at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus at TechNet 2019: The Power of Connectivity.

Key dates

Submissions and registrations open: June 2019

Submissions close: 30 August 2019

Submissions confirmed (announcement of accepted submissions): 13 September 2019

Early bird registration deadline: 20 September 2019

Call for abstracts

Submissions for TechNet 2019 are now open.

Visit the official submissions website 

The committee will be accepting abstract submissions (300 words maximum) for oral or poster presentations at the conference. Submissions may address, but are not limited to the themes of TechNet 2019:

  • connectivity
  • IT
  • occupational health and safety (OH&S)
  • new technology
  • sustainability.

Important information for authors

  • Presenting authors will need to ensure they have prior approval and funding from their organisations to attend the conference before making a submission.
  • Posters should be designed and printed onto an A1 format.
  • Presenting authors will be required to register for the conference.


The conference program is currently in development. Please check back soon for more information.


TechNet 2019 has secured a diverse and exciting range of tours for delegates to participate in during the afternoon of Day 1 (Wednesday 4 December) of the conference. Each tour has limited availability, so don't delay in securing your place.

CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL)

CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) is one of only six high-containment animal research centres in the world.

AAHL is unique – it is a vital part of Australia's biosecurity infrastructure and helps protect Australia's multi-billion dollar livestock and aquaculture industries, and the general public, from emerging infectious disease threats. Its advanced technology and infrastructure allows research and diagnostics that require the highest level of biosecurity and biosafety within a laboratory environment.

The biocontainment facility has extensive laboratories at PC3 and PC4 level, which allows scientific research into the most dangerous infectious agents in the world, as well as offering laboratory services in diagnostics. The visit will be for two hours and will consist of some models, a virtual tour, and some talks about its operation and research.

Kardinia Park (GMHBA Stadium)

The Geelong Football Club, nicknamed 'The Cats', are a professional Australian Rules football club based in the city of Geelong. The Cats have been the VFL/AFL premiers nine times, with three in the AFL era (since 1990).

The Cats play their home games at Kardinia Park (known for sponsorship reasons as GMHBA Stadium). GMHBA stadium has a capacity of 36,000 people, making it the largest-capacity Australian stadium in a regional city.

Join us for a guided tour of Kardinia Park (GMHBA stadium), home of the Geelong Cats AFL and AFLW teams. The tour will showcase the recently upgraded facilities, including the players' gymnasium, change rooms, warm-up area and the oval. Hear from the club's sports dietician who will discuss nutrition for the players and the important/key factors involved in nutrition for elite sport. Hear also from one of the sports scientists who will talk all about their role at the club and how they prepare elite athletes for competition.

Duration: 1 hour
Transport: Yes, provided

The Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

We are excited to offer a tour of the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) located onsite at Deakin University.

Recognised as one of Australia's leading materials research organisations, IFM was established to address some of the major challenges facing society through innovations in materials design and performance. IFM makes use of the University's strong research capability in materials science to tackle complex problems in the areas of energy, health, environment and manufacturing.

On this tour, you will go inside IFM's Electron Microscopy Suite, Micro-characterisation Labs and Carbon Nexus - Deakin’s $34 Million Carbon Fibre Manufacturing Facility.

HESTA day trip to Melbourne Burwood Campus

In association with TechNet, the Health and Exercise Science Technologists Association (HESTA) will be hosted at Deakin University, showcasing our new state of the art Specialised Sport Science building featuring our DCEC (Deakin Clinical Exercise Centre) where masters degree students learn and work alongside accredited exercise physiologists.

They work with real clients and have access to a fully functional strength and conditioning gym dedicated to our teaching program, a biomechanics laboratory with a fully integrated 3D motion capture, force platforms, accelerometer, EMG, instrumented treadmill and running tracks.

Tours of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences undergraduate and masters teaching facilities and research spaces will highlight why Deakin University currently holds the number one ranking in Sport Science in Australia for the third year running.

Coinciding with tours of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences laboratories, the School of Nursing will provide demonstrations of lifelike robotic patients within their Clinical Simulation Centre.

Overall duration of this tour is approximately two hours. A packed lunch will be provided as delegates will leave at the start of the lunch break.

MAFRI – The Queenscliffe Centre

Mafri queenscliffe facility

In 2017, Deakin University became a formal tenant of the Victorian Government’s Marine Station in Queenscliff. The site, operated by the Victorian Fisheries Authority, is also home to the Victorian Shellfish Hatchery, DELWP, and the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre, creating a Centre of Excellence for Australian Marine Science.

Located on the Bellarine Peninsula, between World Heritage-listed Swan Bay and Port Phillip Bay, the facility is housed in a six-star energy rated building, boasting a turf roof and an automated Building Management System to control the internal climate of the open plan offices. Purpose-built laboratories are supplied with flowing seawater directly from Port Phillip Bay, which is then filtered and treated ready to be returned to the sea.

The facility is a hub of teaching and research, running several undergraduate marine science units alongside research projects in the fields of aquaculture, fisheries, seagrass restoration, and marine carbon stores.

John Beech, the Facilities Manager, will present on the sustainable design of the building before a tour of the site and Deakin laboratories. You will be introduced to the Victorian Shellfish Hatchery, who provide a steady supply of mussel, oyster and scallop spat to the aquaculture industry. We will finish the tour with a visit to the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre, providing insight into what lives in Victorian waters.


Registration is now open! Get in early to secure the early bird discount before 20 September 2019.

Registration fees

Early bird registration (available until 20 September) $480 (inc GST)

Full registration (from 21 September onwards) $550 (inc GST)

Register now


If your company or organisation is interested in sponsorship opportunities for this conference, please email the conference team.

Download the 2019 Sponsorship Prospectus (PDF, 763.9KB)

Conference Sponsors

Platinum co-sponsors





JohnMorris Group



Key information


Wednesday 4 December to Friday 6 December 2019


Deakin University Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
75 Pigdons Road 
Geelong VIC 3216

Contact us

For any questions or further information relating to TechNet 2019, please email the conference team.

Email the TechNet Conference team