AGTA 2017 Conference

AGTA 2017 ConferenceThe AGTA 2017 conference will be held from 9-12 January 2017 at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne. Details of the pre-conference tour, workshops and fieldtrips can be accessed from the menu links above.

Information for participants

Welcome function
The welcome function promises to be one of the highlights of the conference! It will include wine tasting and finger food with the opportunity to for you to test your knowledge of wine in a fun and entertaining way. If you have not indicated your intention to attend please complete this form.
Date and time: Sunday 8 January 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: International House, 241 Royal Parade, Parkville

Conference venue
- Conference registration and workshops will be at 234 Queensberry Street, Carlton. Conference registration opens at 8.00am on Monday 9 January 2017.
- Keynote addresses will be in the FBE Prest Theatre at 111 Barry Street, Carlton.
- Field trips on Tuesday depart at 9.00am and Wednesday at 1.00pm from 234 Queensberry Street, Carlton.
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Workshop and fieldtrip selections
Field trip and workshop selections are now closed.
Conference dinner
The conference dinner will be held at Conference dinner, The Wharf Hotel, 18 - 38 Siddeley Street, Melbourne. The Wharf Hotel is easily accessible via public transport – free travel within Zone 1
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Conference presentations
>> Support materials from keynote speakers, workshop presenters and field trip leaders are now available for download.

Public transport from airport to city and city hotels
SkyBus Airport Express services offer convenient and highly frequent transportation to and from Melbourne Tullamarine International Airport.
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In addition, SkyBus Free City Hotel Shuttle can safely transport you between Southern Cross Station and select city accommodation – at no additional charge.
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Melbourne’s free city tram zone
Travel on trams within this inner city zone is free, and you won't need a myki, however, if your journey starts or finishes outside the boundaries of the Free Tram Zone, you must touch on your myki at the reader in the normal way to make sure you have a valid ticket. The free tram zone does not extend to International House or Carlton hotels where many participants may be staying.
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Public transport in Melbourne
Purchasing a myki card tourist value pack is highly recommended. You can buy a myki Visitor Value Pack from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, Melbourne Airport Visitor Information Centre, SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station and from the PTV Hubs. myki Visitor Value Pack can also be purchased from the concierge desk at many hotels and accommodation providers. Ask at your hotel for the myki Visitor Value Pack.
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City Circle free tourist tram
The City Circle tram service operates within Melbourne's central business district. The service operates in a circular route passing major tourist attractions, as well as linking with other tram, train and bus routes in and around Melbourne.
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Preconference tour meeting and booklet
The tour left from the front of International House at 9am on Thursday 3 January 2017.
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>> Conference booklet

Wi-Fi access
Free Wi-Fi access will be provided by the University of Melbourne. The username and password will be available to you at registration.

Free Wi-Fi is being rolled out across Melbourne's CBD, including City Loop train stations. The map below shows the location of active and planned hotspots.
Melbourne CBD Wi-Fi hotspot locations

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Refund policy
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Any queries?
Please email Trish Douglas, Conference Convenor.

Keynote speakers

The organising committee has confirmed the following keynote speakers for this conference.

Dr Rachel CareyDr Rachel Carey — Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where she researches sustainable food systems, food security and food production on Melbourne’s urban fringe. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Food Policy at City University, London.

Professor William CartwrightProfessor William Cartwright — Professor of Cartography in the School of Science at RMIT University. He joined the University after spending a number of years in both the government and private sectors of the mapping industry. His major research interests are the application of integrated media to cartography and the exploration of different approaches to the depiction of geographical information.

Professor David LambertProfessor David Lambert — Professor of Geography Education at the Institute of Education, University of London (IOE) and author of notable texts and papers in geographical education. He was a secondary school teacher for twelve years, becoming a deputy principal before being appointed full time chief executive of the Geographical Association in the United Kingdom.

Dr Michael SolemDr Michael Solem — Director of Educational Research and Programs for the American Association of Geographers, where he is principal investigator on several large-scale, federally funded projects spanning geography at all levels of education, focusing on professional development, internationalization, global education and teacher preparation.

Professor Bruce RasmussenProfessor Bruce Rasmussen — Director of Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies (VISES), Victoria University. His work has included reports for government on regional and urban economics, particularly the development of Melbourne and its constituent regions. His most recent work at VISES has been on the link between health and productivity and the economic returns to investment in health, for the US Chamber of Commerce, World Health Organization and the United Nations Population Fund.

Workshops and fieldtrips

Over forty outstanding workshops and eight field trips are included in the conference program.

Pre-Conference Fieldwork Study Tour

Four days/three nights incorporating the Great Ocean Road (coastal geomorphology), Western Districts (volcanic landscapes), Gariwerd/Grampians (land conservation and tourism) and Narmbool (wind farms and agriculture near Ballarat).

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Registrations — Closed

Registrations for the conference closed on Sunday 11 December 2016. If you have any queries please email the Conference Convenor, Trish Douglas at

Call for presenters — Closed

No further proposals to submit a workshop or lead a fieldtrip are being accepted. If you have any queries please email Trish Douglas at

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