Skip to main content

The Sydney Summit

14-16 November – collaborating for impact
The University of Sydney is delighted to invite its closest international partners to attend the Sydney Summit from 14 to 16 November 2018.

The Sydney Summit will explore some of the common issues facing universities around the world across four areas: Planetary Health, Multidisciplinary Research, Global Education Partnerships, and Industry Engagement.

The summit will be an opportunity for senior executives and key researchers to meet for three days of stimulating discussion and network building.

Answering the big questions

The formal sessions will discuss some of the most pressing questions facing global society and consider the role of institutions like ours in responding to these questions:

  • How do we bring together expertise from diverse areas to work on multidisciplinary initiatives such as planetary health?
  • How can we collaborate to tackle major global challenges such as diabetes and obesity, social and economic equality and climate change? 
  • How does addressing these challenges relate to our educational approaches?
  • How can we best collaborate to address global challenges and achieve positive translational outcomes for our society?
  • How do we measure external engagement and societal impact?
  • How can universities build innovative clusters of research activity, to the benefit of multiple end users in industry, government and the community?
Who’s involved?

The event will bring together representatives from the University of Sydney's strategic partners in North America, Europe and Asia. 

Conference participants will: 
  • Have an exciting opportunity to look for ways to collaborate more broadly on common global challenges and identify funding mechanisms to support them
  • Explore how universities can benefit from working together to extend our knowledge and influence
  • Explore how we can tackle the most urgent global challenges
  • Collaborate on a series of position papers for publication, identifying ways in which universities can work together to achieve “Collaboration for Impact”

Our aim is to share best practice and generate fresh ideas that will make a real difference in the world.

Event schedule


2.00 - 7pm           Taronga Zoo Welcome Event                                  
9.00 - 10.30am          Opening Plenary – Collaborating for Impact
11am - 1pm  Session 1: Fostering Multidisciplinary Initiatives
2.30 - 4.00pm Session 2: Multidisciplinary Education
4.15 - 5.15pm Session 3: Partnership Collaborations
5.45 - 7.30pm Networking drinks and BBQ 
10.00am - 12.30pm  Session 4:  Academe in the Anthopocene
2.00pm - 3.30pm Session 5: Universities Engaging in the Economy
3.45pm - 4.45pm Summit Closing 

Detailed program 

For more information about each of the sessions and bios for the speakers, please download the program (5.4MB).

Please note that the summit will be conducted in English.

Join the conversation

Join in the conversation with your colleagues at the conference by using #thesydneysummit on Twitter.

Useful information

The summit will take place in the new Administration Building F23, located on the corner of Fisher Rd and City Rd (Princes Highway) at the University's Camperdown Campus in Sydney. The campus is well serviced by public transport. Read about your options for getting here.

Click here for directions to F23.

To register for this event, please click here

RSVP: Please register before 20 October 2018.

Participants need to arrange their own travel, transfers and accommodation. The City of Sydney offers a wide range of accommodation options. The following hotels are close to the University. Please book directly with the hotel.

Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park
For discounted rates, please email the hotel directly at and quote the code USYD18.

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
Please click here to access a discounted rate for this hotel.

Swissotel Sydney
Please click here to access a discounted rate for this hotel.

The Haven Glebe
For discounted rates, please email and mention that you are attending the Sydney Summit.

Vulcan Hotel
For discounted rates, please use the code ‘SydneySummit2018’ on the hotel’s website.

Pre-arrival information

Please download our guide of esential information you need before arriving in Sydney. Download now (610MB).

Please contact the relevant Australian Embassy or Consulate in your country for information about visas. Information on visas for visiting Australia can also be found at the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Invitation letters can be issued where required. If you require a letter, please indicate this on the registration form.

The University offers resources and support to help you find childcare providers.

You can read all about the University of Sydney on our website. 

The University of Sydney is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is not permitted in any University building or in outdoor areas such as courtyards and roadways. There are designated smoking areas on each campus.  Smoking in these areas is only permitted in the immediate vicinity of the ‘Smoking Area’ sign, and ashtrays are provided for cigarette butts. In Australia, smoking is not permitted in any enclosed public space – such as restaurants, offices or hotels – and in limited outdoor spaces. 

Office of Global Engagement

Join the conversation by using #thesydneysummit