On Monday, the 22nd of May, 2017, in the week of celebrating its second anniversary, the Slovenian Australian Academic Association – SAAA held its first event, the SAAA Conference 2017: Australian and Slovenian current and future research opportunities. The event, opened by H. E. Mrs Helena Drnovšek-Zorko, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia in Australia, took place at the EU Centre RMIT (Storey Hall, Green Brain) in Melbourne.

Lara Cernetic (SACC Committee), H.E. Helena Drnovsek-Zorko (Ambassador Republic of Slovenia), Kaja Antlej (President of the Slovenian Australian Academic Association (SAAA)), Eddy Kontelj (Managing Director, William Adams Pty Ltd)

SACC was proud to be one of the co-organisers of such successful and fruitful event. Lara Cernetic, SACC Member, highlighted the importance of SACC activities in relation to business and research opportunities between two countries.

The Conference brought together 33 participants from a wider Slovenian Australian community across all Australia. Academics, researchers, students, entrepreneurs as well as members of government and non-government organisations had an opportunity to listen 17 speakers (2 of them through video from Slovenia) including two key notes Professor Glenda Sluga, ARC Laureate Fellow, Professor of International History, FAHA, The University of Sydney, and Professor Zlatko Skrbiš, President of the University of Ljubljana Global Alumni and Associates Network (SMUL) & Vice-Provost (Graduate Education, Monash University).

A one-day conference closed with a round table titled How to improve knowledge exchange between Slovenia and Australia? The conclusions of the even and recommendations will be available in the coming months.

More information about the conference is available on
and on the SAAA Facebook page