SAAA Conference 2019: Program and Venue

3rd SAAA Conference 2019 in collaboration with VTIS in SACC: ‘Slovenian Australian research collaboration’

DATE: Friday, 22 November 2019

VENUE: The University of Sydney, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, CCANESA, Level 4, Madsen Building, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown NSW 2006 (Get directions)

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10.00 – 11.30   SAAA Annual General Meeting – for members only (Brunch) (Join SAAA here)

12.30 – 13.00   Registration and Morning tea 

13.00 – 13.05   Ms Mateya Slobodnik, Sydney Section Coordinator, SAAA – Slovenian Australian Academic Association; Secretary, SACC – Slovenian Australian Chamber of Commerce; VTIS – Association of Slovenians Educated Abroad, Member; and Dr Kaja Antlej, President, SAAA – Slovenian Australian Academic Association; VTIS – Association of Slovenians Educated Abroad, Member
Opening address (3 min)

13.05 – 13.10   Professor Glenda Sluga, ARC Laureate Fellow, Professor of International History, FAHA, The University of Sydney
Opening address (3 min)

13.10 – 13.20   Ms Tanya Plibersek MP, Shadow Minister for Education and Training, Federal Member for Sydney
Opening address (6 min)

13.20 – 13.30   H. E. Mr Peter Jožef Česnik, Minister for Slovenians Abroad, Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenians Abroad
Opening address (6 min)

13.30 – 13.40   H. E. Mr Jurij Rifelj, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia in Australia
Opening address (6 min)

13.40 – 13.50   Mr Mark Stariha, Honorary Vice-Consul, Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia in NSW
Opening address (6 min)

13.50 – 14.20   KEYNOTE: Professor John Hajek FAHA, Professor of Italian Studies, Director, RUMACCC, University of Melbourne, SAAA Vice-President
Understanding the demography of Slovenes and Slovene in Australia today (20 min + 5min Q&A)

14.20 – 14.30   Discussion 
Research collaborations with Slovenia (10 min)

14.30 – 15.00   Light lunch

15.00 – 15.10   Ms Mateya Slobodnik, Secretary, SACC – Slovenian Australian Chamber of Commerce
Presentation of the Slovenian-Australian Chamber of Commerce (6 min + 2 min Q&A)

15.10 – 15.20   Dr Ursa Komac, Senior Lecturer & Director of Academic Program – Architecture, Western Sydney University
Terra Australis Cognita: Views of a Slovenian Australian (6 min + 2 min Q&A) 

15.20 – 15.30   Dr Gregor Urbas, Barrister, Australian Capital Territory; Visiting Fellow, ANU Cybercrime Observatory
Cybercrime and Challenges for Law Enforcement (6 min + 2 min Q&A)

15.30 – 16.00   KEYNOTE: Professor Sara Dolnicar, Tourism, UQ Business School, The University of Queensland
Making the tourism industry more environmentally friendly (20 min + 5min Q&A)

16.00 – 16.10   Break

16.10 – 16.20   Dr Matevž (Matt) Rašković, Senior lecturer in international business, School of Marketing and International Business, Director of Postgraduate International Business Programme, Victoria University of Wellington
Māmani Whakaaro: The Global mindset project (6 min + 2 min Q&A)

16.20 – 16.30   Dr Matevž (Matt) Rašković, Member of the Professors for Global Fellowships, ASEF – American Slovenian Education Foundation
Cooperation between ASEF and SAAA – building bridges between Slovenia and the world (6 min + 2 min Q&A)

16.30 – 16.40   Dr Jernej Štromajer, State secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Government of the Republic of Slovenia (live video)
There and back again – fighting brain drain with brain circulation in Slovenia (6 min + 2min Q&A) 

16.40– 16.50   Ms Vesna Makovšek, Board Member, VTIS – Association of Slovenes Educated Abroad (live video)
Building a global community of Slovenians educated abroad (6 min + 2 min Q&A)

16.50 – 16.55   Mr Andrej Korpar, President, Entrepreneurship Movement Club EMC, SAAA Board Member (Slovenia) (recorded video)
Project Interception – boosting entrepreneurship in EU, Australia and Asia (3 min)

16.55 – 17.00   Closing remarks of the conference

18.00 – 20.00   Conference dinner (optional) – at participants’ costs, venue to be announced

The program may be subject to change.

Ms Mateya Slobodnik
Conference manager
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