You are kindly invited to the 6th Annual Slovenian Australian Academic Association (SAAA) Conference 2022: Sustainability, Environment, and Community

Date: Friday, 18 November 2022

In-person Venue: Building 460, Level 2, Postgraduate Suite (460.2.031), Murdoch University, Perth (Maps Murdoch)

Online Venue: Zoom

Registrations (free): Eventbrite



09:30-10:00 Perth  12:30-13:00 AEDT 02:30-03:00 CET SAAA Breakfast (Members only)
10:00-11:30 Perth  13:00-14:30 AEDT 03:00-04:30 CET SAAA Annual General Meeting (Members Only)
11:30-12:00 Perth  14:30-15:00 AEDT 04:30-05:00 CET Conference Registration and Morning Tea
12:00-17:00 Perth  15:00-20:00 AEDT 05:00-10:00 CET Conference Sessions
18:30-21:00 Perth  18:30-21:00 AEDT 11:30-14:00 CET Conference Dinner (Perth In-person)



Prof. Marjetica Potrč*, Artist and Architect

The Sydney Biennale Project: Drawing the Rights of Two Rivers and Constructing The House of the Agreement Between Humans and the Earth




Prof. Danilo Türk*, President of Club de Madrid and Former President of Slovenia (2007-2012)

Environment, Sustainability and Community




Mr Dušan Olaj*, General Manager, Duol Company (Interviewed by Ms Mateya Slobodnik, SloAusCham)







  • H. E. Mr Matej Arčon*, Minister for Slovenians Abroad, Government Office for Slovenians Abroad (video recorded message)
  • H. E. Mr Marko Ham*, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia in Australia
  • Ms Marjana Kaker, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia for Western Australia
  • Dr Kaja Antlej, President, SAAA – Slovenian Australian Academic Association
  • Ms Nina Bečejac, Secretary, SAAA – Slovenian Australian Academic Association


  • Prof. Srechko Kontelj OAM, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia for Victoria
  • Dr Jurij Karlovšek, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia for Queensland
  • Dr Urša Komac*, Senior Lecturer and the Director of Academic Programs in Architecture, Western Sydney University
  • Mr Neil Churches, Author of the book The Greatest Escape: A Gripping Story of Wartime Courage and Adventure and CEO of The Crow’s Flight Pty Ltd, a walking tour company operating in eastern Slovenia
  • Mr Aleš Berlot, Mechanical Engineer, Entrepreneur, General manager – SITOP
  • Ms Teya Jerman*, Master’s Student of Opera, Seoul National University, Korea
  • Ms Mateya Slobodnik, President, Slovenian Australian Chamber of Commerce (SloAusCham)
  • Mr Vid Čibej, New York-based representative, Association of Slovenes Educated Abroad (VTIS)
  • Prof. Boštjan Kobe and Dr Jurij Karlovšek, Members of the ASEF Professors for Global Fellowships
  • Ms Meta Kodrič*, Ms Špela Knez*, Mr Tadej Krivec*, and Mr Ren Gregorčič* (ASEF – American Slovenian Education Foundation Junior Fellows 2022)

* Virtual participation.

ORGANISING COMMITTEE: Dr Kaja Antlej, Ms Nina Bečejac, Prof. John Hajek, Ms Anna Tait, Ms Karmen Lužar, Prof. Boštjan Kobe, Dr Jurij Karlovšek, Ms Mateya Slobodnik (SloAusCham), Ms Nika Rožanc (VTIS), Mr Vid Čibej (VTIS)
ORGANISER: Slovenian Australian Academic Association (SAAA) 
ORGANISING PARTNERS: Association of Slovenes Educated Abroad (VTIS), Slovenian Australian Chamber of Commerce (SloAusCham). The event is sponsored by the Government Office for Slovenians Abroad and supported by the Slovenian Embassy in Canberra.

CONTACT: Ms Nina Bečejac, info@saaa.si


The program may be subject to change.

Photos: Nathan Hurst (Unsplash), Andrej Peunik