Academic Researcher Conference 2022

August 2, 2022 - August 4, 2022

Waurn Ponds Estate, Geelong, Victoria

As Future Fuels CRC looks to the next three years and to future research beyond our original CRC program, we are bringing together our mid- and senior- level researchers to celebrate the CRC’s success so far and to learn about and discuss industry’s future research needs and how our research community can deliver them.


The Waurn Ponds Estate at Deakin University, Victoria will be hosting the event. Overnight accommodation onsite can be booked independently by attendees if required. Waurn Ponds Estate is located at Nicol Drive South, Waurn Ponds VIC 3216, and is close to the M1 Princes Freeway, Waurn Ponds rail station and Avalon airport.


Sessions and Timings

The conference will cover four sessions across three days, starting at 1pm Tuesday 2 August and completing at 1pm Thursday 4 August, giving attendees plenty of time to travel to and from the event. We encourage all our researchers to join for as much of the program as possible. There will be plenty of time set aside during the conference for networking, discussion and to stay connected to your work.We will also hold dinners for all attendees and guests on both nights at the Waurn Ponds Estate.
The four session are:

Session 1: Tuesday afternoon, 2 August
The future of energy research to 2030 and beyond

As Future Fuels CRC prepares to expand and extend its research program beyond the original CRC schedule, we look ahead to the research needs of the developing future fuels industries out to 2030 and beyond.
This session will build on previous strategy workshops to engage researchers with the research and new knowledge needs of the developing industries, both during and beyond the current CRC, creating significant opportunities to expand and extend our work.
We are putting together speakers and panellists from industry and other research groups to provide a wide-ranging, balanced insight into the opportunities for the next decade of research both in Australia and globally.

Session 2: Wednesday morning, 3 August
Building research’s relevance to the energy transition

As the pace of the energy transition grows, so does the role of research, but building and maintaining relevance is a challenge as global ambitions and government policy both evolve.
This discussion session will delve into and discuss the potential opportunities and risks for researchers supporting the energy transition and how they can maintain relevance to one of the largest global challenges.

Session 3: Wednesday afternoon, 3 August
Translating research into impact

Future Fuels CRC’s community has come together to ‘decarbonise Australia’s energy networks’. At the halfway point in the CRC’s original lifespan, this session will discuss and develop how research can be better translated into impact by improving utilisation and commercialisation.

The session will discuss how to measure and evaluate impact and how to improve the outcomes of effective translation. We’ll hear from the industry participants who are implementing research outcomes and from the CRC’s commercialisation team who are taking forward the work to develop commercial products and services from your research.

Session 4: Thursday morning, 4 August
Making it happen: developing the effectiveness of Future Fuels CRC’s community

Future Fuels CRC community includes over 100 organisations, which creates opportunities to work together better and building stronger collaboration. This professional development session will workshop and build opportunities to:

  • Manage research groups across contexts, disciplines and functions
  • Build trans-disciplinary integration across research streams
  • Create and manage effective research teams
  • Remove points of fiction and obstacles to collaboration and efficiency
  • Implement new ways of working to develop our research operations

The session creates a great opportunity for researchers to both share and learn about best-practice from across the CRC.


Future Fuels CRC is providing the conference, dinners and refreshments free of charge to our researchers and industry guests. Any overnight accommodation, travel or other expenses should be covered by attendees.

How to register

The conference is open to all our mid- and senior- level researchers and invited guests. Please register on the conference registration page

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