Australian International Education Conference (AIEC)

A very busy 4 full days of conferences and workshops were supported by the equally busy social programs. Ticking off all the boxes that you would expect with a large international education conference (plenary, breakouts, trade exhibition, and poster sessions), the conference also went above and beyond to ensure that delegates had the opportunity to experience Hobart.

The trade exhibition included a pop-up market that incorporated some uniquely Tasmanian products and produce which was a hit with delegates that weren’t lucky enough to extend their stay to visit the Salamanca Markets following the conference.

With 1300+ delegates to entertain, the conference needed to be creative in the venues they utilised for their social functions. Starting off the festivities was a ‘Meet the Maker’ style Welcome Reception held in the trade exhibition space at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Where delegates feasted on freshly shucked Bruny Island Oysters, Tassal Salmon and a selection of Tasmania Cheese, with Franks Cider and Tasmanian beers and wines served. Night two was a more casual style networking event with the conference taking ownership of several bars in the iconic Salamanca strip, giving delegates the chance to experience how Hobart locals unwind. The final night saw delegates make the 10-minute walk to Princes Wharf 1 (PW1) which was transformed into a cruise ship to host the ‘All Aboard’ themed conference dinner. The best part, not a bus or ferry in sight to get delegates from the main conference venue to the offsite venue options!

Want to learn more about how 1300+ delegates spent 4 days conferencing in Hobart, then check out the wrap video AIEC put together of their time here in Hobart:

The Facts:

  • Theme: Embracing Diversity
  • 4 Days / 1300+ delegates
  • 37 Countries represented
  • 7 Breakouts
  • 32 Trade Exhibitors
  • 3 main social functions