Annual conference

7th Annual FIRN Conference

Sails in the Desert @ Uluru

16-18 November, 2017

FIRN members are warmly invited to the 7th FIRN Annual Conference at the Sails in the Desert resort, Uluru NT, 16-18 November, 2017.  The conference is a great way to meet new colleagues from across Australia, network with old friends and hear the latest work combined with valuable feedback.

Conference Registration:

  • Early Bird registration             $690.00 (incl GST) closes 01 September
  • Late registration                       $790.00 (incl GST) closes 15 October
  • Partner package                       $390.00 (incl GST) closes 15 October
  • Kids package (under 12)         $190.00 (incl GST) closes 15 October

Payments can be made over UQ’s secure payment online system using the link below.  Note each person including partners and kids need to register separately. Registration includes morning/afternoon teas and lunches on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, conference dinner on Friday night; and the group challenge on Thursday for FIRN members. The conference registration is not refundable after 15 October.

Getting there: 

Book your flights to Uluru, which has its own airport and daily flights from most capital cities.  There is a complimentary shuttle service to/from the airport to the venue which is part of your accommodation booking arrangement.  Be careful do not book a flight to Alice Springs as it is a six hour drive from Uluru! Flights should be booked direct to Ayers Rock (Uluru).


Register your accommodation requests direct with the venue using this the link below and the venue will contact you direct to confirm booking and payment.  Please note that the online booking portal closes on 1 November and you will be subject to the venue’s terms and conditions.

PhD students:

This year’s conference will again offer opportunities for institutions to hold PhD recruitment sessions with plenty of time for interviews.   PhD students going on the job market can register and upload their CV and job paper here.   FIRN institutions can also nominate a student to be eligible for the PhD travel grant here.  Nominations must be made by FIRN Heads of School or FIRN representatives.


The FIRN conference is a family friendly event complete with a kids club each day from 9am to 5.30pm for children 3 to 12 years.  You can register for a partner package of $390 and/or a kids’ package for $190 per child using the secure online payment system.  Partner and Kids packages include conference meals but not attendance at sessions or the group challenge.

Preliminary Program:

Wednesday, 15 November
16:00 – 18:00 Governing Council AGM and dinner
Thursday, 16 November
8:30 – 12:30 Paper presentations
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 3:30 Paper presentations
3:30 – 5:30 Group networking activity at “the Rock” followed by drinks and nibbles
Friday, 17 November
8:30 – 12:30 Paper presentations
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 4:30 Paper presentations
5:30 – 10:00 Conference dinner – Sunset over Uluru and Field of Lights exhibition
Saturday, 18 November
8:30 – 12:30 Paper presentations
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 5:30 Paper presentations