Australia Africa: Knowledge Partnerships
AAUN Africa Group Forum and AGM 5-7 September 2016

University of Western Australia Conference and Staff Centre, Perth


Objectives and Outcomes

Purpose: The AAUN Annual Forum and AGM 2016, assessing research and education partnerships with African partners and stakeholders, in building sustainable research and exchange programs.

Focus: The Sustainable Development Goals as relevant to AAUN and partner researchers, in practical programs with mutual benefit to Africa and Australia: education, environment, food and nutrition, public health, securities, evidence based policy options.

Format: Morning session, a status review of the Australia Africa policy framework, issues and opportunities. Afternoon session a practical exploration of (i) current and future AAUN programs; (ii) development of the next AAUN strategic plan in changing times; (iii) cooperation of AAUN with other networks (eg: WUN, ARUA, British Council, Association of Commonwealth Universities, RUFORUM)

Structure: Each session has an opening speaker, four commentators and expert discussants.

Background: speakers and discussants, please send a 200 word bio and up to 500 word abstract to Grace Liu by 30 July (URGENT). The abstracts will be edited and circulated with the final program. Note there will be no printed programs: please go to the AAUN Forum website ahead of the meeting to download or print the program as you wish.

Participants: we expect up to 100 expert participants from academia, government, diplomats, business, agencies. We are pleased to welcome guests and observers from cooperating networks and NGOs, including to the AAUN AGM meeting other than for the final closed session for AAUN only.

Host: We are grateful to UWA for hosting the AAUN Forum allied to UWA Research Week. The AAUN Forum is also a part of Australia Africa Week 5-9 September 2016 (see links below).

Registration: Forum registration (at ) on 5 September is free, thanks to support from Australian Government Agencies (DFAT, ACIAR, Department of Education). The dinner is a separate registration at cost price of $100. All participants are welcome to register for the Forum dinner.

Outcomes: Vital to the success of the Forum, we will develop a position paper or brief for policy makers in Australia and Africa; several research programs are likely to arise; we will call for AAUN-Partnership and Research Development seed fund bids in late September (catalytic grants of average $10K to build strategic and sustainable research and exchange programs).

Communications: we encourage you to circulate this notice to colleagues who you think may be interested in the proceedings. For further information, please go to our website:  or contact us at the emails provided at the end of this notice.





African Heads of Mission in Australia

Australian Heads of Mission in Africa

Matthew Neuhaus, Assistant Secretary of Africa Branch, DFAT

Jemal Beker, Minister Counsellor for Economic Diplomacy, Ethiopian Embassy, Canberra

Prof Samuel Offei, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Student Affairs), University of Ghana

Fiona Docherty, Pro Vice-Chancellor (international), University of UNSW

Prof Petra Tschakert, University of Western Australia

Dr Musa Gondwe, the Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance (MEfDA), UWA

Prof Fhumulani Mavis Mulaudzi, University of Pretoria 

Discussants Invitation

The meeting will have time for discussion and we invite expert discussants from AAUN , WUN  and stakeholders to contact us and participate. Please let us have your expressions of interest before 15 June 2016.

Contacts: – Marije Nieuwenhuis; and Associate Prof Grace Liu



All those wishing to participate in this AAUN Forum, including WUN Africa Group colleagues, please register at


Day 2, Tuesday 6 September

Joint AAUN Research Symposium with AFRICA DOWN UNDER (ADU)


  • Concept: AAUN Programs and ADU in Environment, Food and Nutrition, Education and Policy Development as they relate to Mining and Extractive Industries
  • Chair: David Doepel
  • Program: Currently under development: There are four sessions proposed (i) Agriculture and Food, (ii) Nutrition

              and Health,  (iii) Education and Training, (iv) Mining and Extractives. A further plenary session may be on

              policies for social, environment and economic sustainability.


Your input is welcome

Please note the above program is now a near final draft, with some flexibility in panelists and discussants. There is a little time for further comment and engagement across AAUN, with African and Australian HOMS, and also government. We welcome any advice and suggestions until 31 July 2016.


DAY 3-5, Wednesday 7- Friday 9 September

Africa Down Under Conference


AAUN members who wish to attend the Africa Down Under Conference can register by clicking here


Thank you for your interest and engagement,

Professor John Hearn, Chairman AAUN Australia/Executive Director WUN (

Associate Professor Grace Liu, Regional Manager AAUN/WUN (

Marije Nieuwenhuis, Program Manager, AAUN/WUN (