Australian Hydrogen Research Conference

Save the Date: Australian Hydrogen Research Conference | September 4-6, 2024

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Following the tremendously successful Inaugural Australian Hydrogen Research Conference, held in Canberra in February 2023,  we are pleased to announce that the 2024 conference will be held in Perth from 4-6 September, 2024.

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Inaugural AHRC 2023 Highlights

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The inaugural Australian Hydrogen Research Conference (AHRC) was a fantastic event that brought together 326 delegates from universities, industry, government and other stakeholders. Held at the Australian National University in Canberra, the conference was opened by Jenny McAllister, the Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy in the Albanese Labor Government, after which we were inspired by a talk given by Dr Alan Finkel, former Chief Scientist of Australia and architect of the National Hydrogen Strategy. His speech can be downloaded here.

The conference program was a mixture of plenary sessions and four parallel sessions over the three day event, all of which illustrated both the breadth and depth of research being undertaken by participants in Australia and in other countries. We were especially pleased to welcome the ExCo members of the International Energy Agency Hydrogen Technology Collaboration Program, the DFAT delegation from ASEAN countries and other visitors from overseas.

Special thanks to co-chair Prof Ken Baldwin from ANU and the conference committee (below) for bringing the event together. A special mention to Andrew Feitz and the people at Geoscience Australia who facilitated site visits the day before the conference. These were greatly appreciated, especially by our overseas visitors.

Several people have remarked afterwards that this research conference had an amazing buzz from the opening reception right to the end. There was a lot to take on board, sessions were often filled to overcapacity (note for next time), but even so 219 of the delegates attended the dinner at the National Museum of Australia. This was a great location for researchers to interact and explore future cooperation in a relaxing setting. It was obvious to the organising committee that this was to be the first of many Hydrogen Research conferences.

The Australia's critical hydrogen research questions report was produced based on panel discussions and attendee feedback.