12 December 2017 to 13 December 2017


Port Moresby | 12-13 December 2017

Research and education across all disciplines are essential to realizing global and national commitments to sustainable development. Knowledge, design and innovation are as important to governance, peace, safety, health and environmental integrity as they are to economic growth and poverty alleviation. As ICT, energy and bio-technologies transform the ways in which people interact, move and work, worldwide, new opportunities are emerging, both to utilize and to protect, PNG's unique human and natural endowments.

Capitalizing on these opportunities will require more though than simply doing research. At PNG IMPACT, speakers and delegates will consider how research can be designed, coordinated and communicated to deliver societal benefit. Recognizing that no one approach is relevant across all disciplines and issues, case studies will be presented from a diversity of perspectives, with ample time dedicated to dialogue and networking.


  • Showcase a cross-selection of active research projects, across the sciences, social sciences and humanities, delivering societal benefit for PNG.
  • Promote dialogue over how research and research policy can best support aspirations for a safe, inclusive and sustainable society.
  • Provide a platform for network-building among researchers, research institutions and research stakeholders active in PNG.

CALL FOR PAPERS - Submissions extended to 2 August for UPNG and JCU members only


Day 1. Research Showcase - brings all delegates together in a single plenary format for a mixture of:

  • Keynote presentations showcasing best-practice examples of research providing significant societal impact in PNG.
  • Panel discussions addressing governance, policy and institutional frameworks for high impact research and innovation.

Day 2. Research Innovation Lab - provides an interactive and participatory opportunity for researchers active or interested in PNG to share work, network with colleagues, and explore new collaborations. The program for the day will include a mix of research presentations, facilitated dialogue and open networking.


Day 1 of PNG IMPACT, the Research Showcase, is open to anyone with an interest in the role of research in societal transformation. This includes, but is not limited to: policy-makers, donors, philanthropic organisations, business, research leaders, researchers, students, civil society representatives and research students.

Day 2 of PNG IMPACT, the Research Innovation Lab, is open to anyone either active, or aspiring to be active, in the PNG research and innovation sector. Participants will include researchers, research stakeholders and research students.


Dr Anna Joskin | Acting Dean of Research, University of Papua New Guinea | e:

Distinguished Professor Stewart Lockie | Director, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University | e:


Submissions have been extended to 2 August for UPNG and JCU members only. For more information, or to register your interest in receiving full conference details, please contact: Ms Vyvyen Wong - UPNG/JCU Twinning Project Officer | t: +61 7 4232 1340 | e:

For more information, please refer to the JCU website