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General Information


The 4th SIA Submarine Science, Technology and Engineering Conference (SubSTEC4) was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre over three and a half days in November 2017. A wide range of issues was addressed with the theme of the Conference being: ‘The Australian Submarine Capability – Consolidating Emerging Technologies and Developing the Submarine Workforce’.

Following selection of Naval Group and the Future Submarine (FSM) Design Partner and Platform Systems Integrator and of Lockheed Martin as the Combat System Integrator, the SIA Conference acts as a pivotal week in the submarine calendar. The program included industry and laboratory tours, an Opening Reception, a Conference Dinner and three days of high quality presentations from senior and highly experienced members of the national and international submarine community. 

Questions & Answers

Questions for speakers were placed using a web interface on


10.00 am Monday 13 November to pm Thursday 16 November 2017 (Australian Central Daylight Saving Time GMT-10:30).

Cancellations and Refunds

Delegates who find themselves unable to attend the Conference after submitting a registration form are most welcome to nominate a substitute.  All applications for substitution and cancellations must be made in writing to the Organising Committee. 

Cancellations received before Friday 3 November 2017 will be refunded less an administration fee of $25.  Cancellations received after 3 November 2017 are not refundable.  All delegates will receive a Tax Invoice.

Registration Desk

Registration will take place each morning  between 0730 and 0830.  All non-delegate attendees at the Dinner will receive a printable entree card.


Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included in your Registration Fee.  Please advise if you have any special dietary requirements using the relevant field in the registration form.


The Conference Reception will be held in the  Panorama Foyer of the Adelaide Convention Centre  between 1800 and 2000 on Monday 13 November 2017.  The Reception is open to Conference delegates and guests.  Cost of the Reception is in addition to the Conference Registration Fee.

Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner will be open to Conference delegates and guests and will be held on the evening of Tuesday 14 November 2016 in the Panorama Ballroom, Adelaide Convention Centre (following Pre-Dinner Drinks in the Panorama Foyer).  Cost of the Dinner is in addition to the Conference Registration Fee.
The program for the Dinner is:

1830-1900 Pre-Dinner Drinks 
1900-2230 Dinner (Dinner Speaker - Mr Nick Xenophon)




Business Attire/Lounge Suit or Uniform (note that the RAN is wearing summer uniform at this time of year).


Delegates will be issued with passes on registration and may be asked for proof of identity.  Nametags must be worn at all times during the Opening Reception, the Conference and the Conference Dinner.

Travel and Accommodation

Details are listed on the accommodation page.  Although the SIA has negotiated some special accommodation rates, travel and accommodation arrangements are the individual responsibility of delegates.


Information on tours for Monday 13 Nov 2017 to Adelaide based areas of interest covering Science, Technology and Engineering are given below. 

Please register to participate in industry tours as part of your registration process.

Tour A: Mechanical and ElectricalAdelaide University Mechanical Engineering, MacTaggart Scott Australia, Babcock Australia, PMB Defence Australia, ASC


Tour B: Information and Communications Technologies: Flinders University, Adelaide University Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, University of South Australia,   DST Group Maritime Systems Division, Edinburgh .


In each case the tour bus will depart from Adelaide Convention Centre by 1000 am . A nominal charge of $40 per head will cover the tour bus and refreshments. Tours will complete by 1700 in the city.


Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind.

SIA Annual General Meeting

The 19th Annual General Meeting of the SIA will be held at 0730 on Wednesday 15 November 2017 in Hall A in the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Chatham House Rule

The ‘Chatham House Rule’ applies to questions and answers.  Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.


Acceptance of any registration is at the absolute discretion of the Conference Committee.


Information necessary for your attendance at the Conference will be gathered, stored and disseminated in accordance with National Privacy legislation.   A participant list with name, organisation and state will be made available to all parties directly involved in the conference, including sponsors.  Please indicate on the Registration Form if you do not wish to have your details on the participant list.


The conference program and registration information are correct at the time of publication; however, the conference organisers reserve the right to change details as necessary.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Opportunities for sponsorship of the SIA (both SubSTEC4 and Annual Corporate) can be viewed here.












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