AGIA Conference 2019








Thanks to everyone for supporting our 2018 conference.

The 2018 conference has been archived over here

Selected presentations are available as pdfs.

The Graphene Enabled Smart Cities conference takes place on 19th November, 2019 in Melbourne.

It explores how graphene will play a crucial part in revolutionising the functionality of buildings and improving productivity in construction, infrastructure, energy and mobility.

Australia is positioned to be a global leader in Smart City technologies. Australian materials science researchers are acknowledged to be among the leaders in graphene research for large scale industrial applications:

International and local speakers will provide insights into the potential of

  • Low cost, Large scale sensing for IoT;
  • Stronger, light weight concrete produced with a significant reduction in CO2 Low cost;
  • Highly efficient water purification enabling ubiquitous potable water, and;
  • Energy capture and conservation.

The commercial opportunities for integrating graphene into large scale applications are starting to emerge. Those that are early adopters and integrators will reap the rewards.

About the Conference

The Graphene+ conference is an opportunity for leaders from every part of industry to participate in understanding and guiding the future of technology, innovation and manufacturing in Australia.

The individual sessions all have an overriding theme. “Doing more with less”.

The invited panellists are experts in their fields and each panel has be curated by the moderator to produce an interactive conversation and deliver valuable actionable insights. The intent is not to look over the horizon of technology development, but to get a reality check on what the big influencing factors are that will happen next, and how we can all profit from understanding what impact graphene enabled materials is likely to have…

We live in a time of economic uncertainty, with trade war looming large, technology disruption ever present, and climate change as a constant new normal.

The promise of graphene’s superlative properties is starting to show in products and technologies and it’s no longer a material locked in a lab. Graphene is starting to be part of the strategic planning of some of the largest and most powerful corporations in the world.

Australia is one of the leading economies in graphene research and is in the process of turning that capability into exportable, investable, valuable products and services.

This conference embraces themes ranging from energy efficiency and independence through manufacturing 4.0 to new methods of mobility, to the funding of new industries. This is how the jobs of the future will be created, and this is how we can tackle the challenge of climate change.

The strategic vision is massive, and so are the opportunities for Australia.


AMDC301 Lecture Theatre, Level 3, Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre, Swinburne University of Technology. Corner of Burwood Road and William Street, Hawthorn, Vic 3122




Glenferrie Hotel
Only minutes to the venue. The Glenferrie Hotel, is just 500m from Glenferrie railway station, which is only three stops from the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver Arena and AAMI Park.

324 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, VIC 3122, Australia
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Quest Hawthorn
4.5-star and green-star accreditation, fully serviced studio apartment. Travel to campus: Two minutes to Hawthorn campus. 11 minutes by train from Flinders Street Station.

t: +61 3 8803 7700  e:
616 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn 3122, VIC
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Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne
Ideally positioned on the banks of the Yarra River in Richmond, we’re minutes from the vibrant Melbourne CBD and all it has to offer.

649 Bridge Road | Richmond, VIC, 3121, Australia
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Camberwell Serviced Apartment Hotel
Our luxury studio, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom apartments cater for all travellers.

85 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East, VIC 3123
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Conference Pricing &  Registration

Tickets are $220 – $330. Our early bird registration offers runs till Sept 11. Ticketing uses eventbrite. Early bird individual tickets are $220

Provisional Schedule - Graphene enabled Smart Cities: Conference

Please note that this schedule is subject to change and as some details are still being finalised.


Registration Opens



8:30 – 9.00




9:00 – 9.05

Conference Opens

Chris Gilbey OAM

Chairperson AGIA

9:05 – 9.15

Official Welcome

Professor Aleks Subic

Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Swinburne University

9.15 – 9.45

Plenary Address

Victoire de Margerie

Vice President, World Materials Forum


Session 1

Chaired by: Prof. Gordon Wallace

Graphene Enabled Energy

Smart Cities reducing our carbon foot print

9:50 – 10:10


A/Prof Tim Schork

Associate Head of School of Architecture Faculty of Design Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney

10:10 – 10:30


Dr. Amanda Caples

Chief Scientist – Victoria

10:30 – 10:50


Sam Sangster

CEO, Western City Aerotropolis Authority

10:50– 11:00




11:00– 11:25


Morning Tea



Plenary Session 2

Chaired by: Bronwyn Fox

Graphene Enabled Manufacturing 4.0

Smart Supply Chains, smart factories, smart jobs


11:23 – 11:50


Craig Nicol

Managing Director & CEO, Graphene Manufacturing Group

11:50 – 12:10


Brian Davey

CEO, Australian Carbon Innovation

12:10 – 12:30


John Tsanaktsidis

Research Director, CSIRO Manufacturing

12.30 -–12:40




12:45 – 1:30





Plenary Session 3

Chaired by: Victoire de Margerie / CG to manage

Graphene Enabled Mobility

IOT and Transportation,

1:35 – 1:55


Peter Froschle


1:55 – 2:15


Nicholas Gibbs

Vice President, Collins Aerospace

2:15– 2:35


Prof. Dr Carmen Constaninescu


“Digital Manufacturing 4.0” Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, FhG-IAO

2:35 – 2:45




2:45 – 3.10


Afternoon Coffee



Session 4

Chaired by: Ray Gibbs

Graphene Enabled –

Made in Victoria

Exporting to the World

3.10 – 3.25


Lachlan Hyde

Research Engineer, Graphene Certification Lab CRC-P, Swinburne University of Technology

3:25 – 3:45



3:45 – 4:05




4.05 – 4.15




4.15 – 4:35

Session 5 – Roger Buckeridge

Innovation Driving Ecomoney


4:35 – 4:45


AGIA Start-up winner



Conference Close




Drinks and Networking



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