PIANC APAC 2020 is a biennial conference series focusing on harbours, ports and recreational boating in the Asia Pacific region.

Message from the Conference Organising Committee

The Local Organising Committee and the Board of PIANC Australia and New Zealand invite you to attend the inaugural PIANC APAC Conference.

PIANC APAC is the new biennial forum for all PIANC members from Asia Pacific and beyond focusing on harbours, ports and recreational boating in the region. Non PIANC members are also welcome.

Our Conference theme “Port, harbour and recreational boating for today and tomorrow” reflects the growing worldwide recognition to place the natural environment at the forefront of every project as well as a growing emphasis on a social licence to operate.

PIANC APAC 2020 will bring together engineers, planners, scientists and researchers to focus on the technological, scientific, policy, planning and design issues related to our diverse and developing ports, harbours and recreational boating facilities. The first in an eminent conference series, PIANC APAC 2020 will be hosted in the vibrant city of Fremantle, Western Australia.

As most people are aware, non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people have been banned by the Australian Government. Due to the uncertainty regarding future public health controls associated with the COVID-19 virus, we have decided to postpone the Conference and pre-conference symposium on Nature-based Solutions from June 2020 to the last week of November 2020.

The Conference will be held on 30 November – 4 December, 2020, with the Symposium taking place on the Monday, followed by the Conference. During the Conference, PIANC APAC 2020 will incorporate concurrent streams facilitating the opportunity for discussion and networking. A trade exhibition will host the Welcome Reception as well as all morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch breaks. A Gala Conference Dinner is planned with multiple PIANC awards to be presented. In addition, technical tours and networking events will form part of the Conference.

The Symposium on Nature Based Solutions for Coasts, Ports and Estuaries will be a single streamed Symposium that will bring together 14 international and national invited presentations with plenty of time for interactive discussion. Registration is available for both events or each event individually.

We appreciate your patience and understanding in these challenging times. As a PIANC member, please know that our community is always available.

We look forward to seeing you in Fremantle in 2020!

Key Dates

14 August 2020 Abstract Submission (Round 2) Deadline (midnight AEST)
28 August 2020 Authors advised of Submission Outcome
18 September 2020 Earlybird Registration Closes
25 September 2020 Speaker Registration Deadline

Organising Committee

Chris Leatt-Hayter (Chair)
CEO, Fremantle Ports

Claire Treeby (Committee Leader)
Capital Project Engineer, Rio Tinto

Ron Cox (Technical Program)
Honorary Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW
Board Member, PIANC Australia

Luke Campbell (Deputy – Technical Program)
Director, Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec

Neil Lawson  (Treasurer)
Vice President, PIANC International
Treasurer, PIANC Australia and New Zealand

Joel Bailey (Deputy Treasurer & Marketing)
Managing Director, Wavelength

Jane Edwards (Marketing Support)
Social Sustainability Coordinator, Fremantle Ports

Adam van der Beeke (Field Trips)
Functional Leader – Sustainability – Westport Project, Fremantle Ports

Franco Andreone (Social Program)
Manager Fremantle Waterfront Development, Fremantle Ports 

Professor Ryan Lowe (Technical Program & Field Trips)
Oceans Graduate School and School of Earth Sciences, The UWA Oceans Institute

Peter Boere (Secondary School Coordinator)
General Manager, Boskalis Australia Pty Ltd

Assoc Prof Will Glamore
Chair, PIANC Australia and New Zealand
Water Research Laboratory, UNSW

Additional enquiries should be directed to the Conference Secretariat: Encanta Event Management  T: +61 3 9863 7609  E: lexie.duncan@encanta.com.au