Program and Theme

Program and Theme


The theme of this year’s conference is Home Grown Undersea Technology – How Can Australian Academia and Industry Provide a Capability Edge?’ 


  • It is intended to generate interest from a very broad spectrum of Government and defence agencies; science, technology and engineering academic institutions and from all submarine related industries. 
  • Consolidation of emerging technologies will be an important consideration for such industries and also for future submarine design.
  • The SIA plans to have a conference program which reflects the breadth of technology challenges presented by the theme.
  • The program is still under development, as are specific timing and subject details.  The broad structure of the program will be as follows:

Monday 8th Nov: 

Visits to laboratories in academic institutions and visits to companies involved in Defence Industry.  An opening Reception will be held in the evening at the Adelaide Conference Centre.

Tuesday 9th Nov: 

A plenary session, with speakers from Government, Defence and Industry will be held in the forenoon.  The Prime Minister has been invited to give the Keynote address.

After lunch, the program will be composed of streamed technology papers.  A 'Poster Paper' program is also under consideration which will feature selected papers from academia and industry.  The program will be held throughout the conference in the ‘Break-Out’ areas.  Where possible, the authors of the Poster Papers will be present to discuss their work. Such presence will be focussed in the pre-dinner drinks period on Tuesday 9th Nov.

The Annual SIA and Conference Dinner will be held at the Adelaide Converence Centre during the evening of 9th Nov.

Wednesday 10th Nov:

Throughout the day, the program will be composed of streamed technology papers.  The 'Poster Paper' program will continue in the ‘Break-Out’ areas.

The conference will conclude at the end of the technology papers presented on Wednesday 10th Nov.



SIA Conference Partners

Defence West - Gold Sponsor [more]
Defence SA - Silver Sponsor [more]
ASC Pty Ltd - Bronze Partner [more]
Saab Australia - Bronze Sponsor [more]
BMT [more]
MacTaggart Scott Australia - Reception Sponsor [more]
PMB Defence - Q&A Sponsor [more]
HTR Group - Coffee Van Sponsor [more]
L3Harris Mission Systems Australia - Lanyards Sponsor [more]
Acacia Systems - Plenary Day Lunch [more]
PGM Environment - Tuesday Morning Session Break [more]
BlueZone Group - Tuesday Afternoon Session Break [more]
JEDS - Wednesday Morning Session Break Partner [more]
Jacobs Australia - Opal Partner [more]

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