Networking and tours


This years social program offers delegates fantastic networking opportunities with industry contacts. Bookings for the below events have now closed.

First timers' networking breakfast
Tuesday 30 August 2016, 7:30am - 9:00am
Riverbank foyer, lower level
For first timers to the conference, the breakfast will start your day with fantastic networking opportunities and tips on how to make the most of your conference experience.


Welcome reception
Proudly sponsored by Aurora Foundation

Tuesday 30 August 2016, 5:00pm - 7:00pm 
Exhibition Hall (Hall H)
End your first day of conferencing with a cold beverage, a bite to eat and some amazing entertainment. This will give you the perfect chance absorb your first day, meet, and catch up with other delegates. 
We’ve got CircaNICA providng two incredibly talented acrobats who will be roving the hall and displaying their skills! You don't want to miss this event.


Conference dinner: 'Harvest'
Proudly sponsored by Taylor & Francis Group 

Wednesday 31 August 2016, 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Halls F & G

Celebrating the fruits of the hills, this is a festive night of celebration and indulgence. This theme encapsulates the essence of wine country – the spirit of South Australia.  

The night will begin with beverages overlooking River Torrens as the sun sets. Then guests move into the ballroom for dinner, and are seated at long communal tables dressed in candlelight with the fresh smell of herbs enhancing the sense of the fresh outdoors. Aged wine vats scattered harmoniously around the space bring balance and refinement to the respect for nature.

Placid music begins the evening with an amazing band to follow later in the night and lift your partying spirits. Dancing and singing are wildly encouraged!

Make sure you take a selfie and full advantgage of the Instagram printer during the dinner using the hashtag #national16.

This evening is made just for you; this is the moment to relax, let your hair down and have fun! But remember it's a highly important aspect of your professional development to be able to familiarise yourself with the key influencers of our industry. The conference dinner is the perfect opportunity to make new connections, and re-connect with colleagues. Surrounded by fellow conference attendees you can get to know your industry in a low key, relaxed environment.

Please note: the conference dinner is not an allocated seating function.​ This function is included in full conference registrations but you must indicate your attendance during the registration process and be in possession of a ticket to attend.

This function is limited in capacity so please register early to attend.


Farewell reception 
Thursday 1 September 2016, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Main Plenary (Hall L)
This is the time to relax, take in everything you’ve seen and learnt; discuss it with fellow delegates.


Bookings for the below events have now closed.

The hills are alive
Friday 2 September 2016, 9:30am - finish at leisure

The Adelaide Hills Library at Stirling  

9:30am - Catch Adelaide Metro bus from Currie Street to Stirling.
10:00am - Meet Library Manger Dee O’Loughlin, for a library tour and morning tea.
12:00noon - Catch bus from the same stop and travel on to Hahndorf.  At leisure enjoy lunch and explore Hahndorf.  Attractions include wine tasting, cheese tasting, cafes and restaurants. Visit the Hahndorf Academy a 1850's building housing a museum of German migration and an art gallery.  Return to Adelaide City at leisure. Buses run every 30 minutes.


University: then and now
Friday 2 September 2016, 9:30am - 12:00noon

University of Adelaide, Barr Smith Library and Hub Central

Visit the Barr Smith Library, the original building now known as the Reading Room which opened in 1932.  Hear the history of the library from the history librarian.  Visit special collections and view some of the library’s most valuable and vulnerable publications, including old and rare books, fine and limited editions.  After morning tea, a tour of Hub Central the heart of the North Terrace Campus, offering an inspirational place for students to meet, study, make social connections and exchange ideas.


University in the 21st century
Friday 2 September 2016, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

University of South Australia, Jeffrey Smart Building, Hindley Street, Adelaide
The Jeffrey Smart Building is a cutting-edge facility providing integrated learning spaces, library resources and support services.  Opened in 2013 it honours the life and contribution of the great Australian artist Jeffrey Smart.


Adelaide City Library / State Library of South Australia / ArtLab
Friday 2 September 2016, 10:00am - 3:30pm
Adelaide City Library is a "Place of Possibility", and the spaces, programs and collections are designed for the community to have opportunities to express themselves in many ways.  Our library mission revolves around Lifelong Learning supported by our library goals of facilitating experimental learning, challenging conventional thinking, and providing quality collections, all of which lend themselves to self-expression, creativity and discovery.
State Library of South Australia, located on North Terrace, Adelaide, is the official library of the Australian State of South Australia. It is the largest public research library in the state with a collection focus on South Australian, and general reference material for information and research purposes.
Artlab Australia is a South Australian Government business enterprise located in the centre of Adelaide’s exciting North Terrace cultural precinct. The laboratories are amongst the largest and best equipped in Australia. Artlab's team of qualified conservators provide specialised preservation and restoration services for all works of art and historic items. Established in 1985.


Art Gallery of South Australia
Friday 2 September 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Art Gallery of South Australia, located on the cultural boulevard of North Terrace in Adelaide.  It has a collection of over 35,000 works of art, making it, after the National Gallery of Victoria, the second largest state art collection in Australia. Meet for a private one hour tour of the Robert Hannaford Exhibition Tour.  Stay afterwards and explore the Gallery, it will be open until 9:00pm for First Friday; a free public event which includes live music performances and curated talks in the evening.

Migration Museum
Friday 2 September 2016, self guided tour
The Migration Museum works towards the preservation, understanding and enjoyment of South Australia's diverse cultures. It is a place to discover the many identities of the people of South Australia through the stories of individuals and communities.
82 Kintore Avenue. Open 10:00am - 5:00pm
Parliamentary privilege
Friday 2 September 2016, 10:00am - 11:00am
The South Australian Parliament Research Library provides information and research services to Members of the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly and their staff. The library contains a large collection of published works including digital and media collections. The library's digital collections include media transcripts, TV news clippings, media releases, journals and reports are available to members 24/7.


A drop of GLAM
Friday 2 September 2016, 9:30am - 4:00pm
A Libraries, Archives, Museums & Wine Tour (includes a lunch and nibbles)
Meet at the Adelaide Convention Centre at 9.30am for a 10:00am departure and the tour will conclude by 4:00pm at the National Wine Centre.
Hallett Cove Library and Cove Civic Centre This innovative new complex features a public library, enterprise hub and community spaces. 
Willunga Courthouse, Police Station and Slate Museums This heritage-listed complex (with cells, stable and police residence) was built from 1855 to 1872. A tour guide will walk us through the history of the site and explain the valuable archives open to researchers.
State Library of South Australia’s Mark Gilbert will discuss the Library’s extensive Wine Literature Collection while we taste wines at the historic Kay Brothers Amery Vineyard, McLaren Vale.
The tour will conclude by 4:00pm at the National Wine Centre where you can wander around the informative displays or relax and finish the day with wine and cheese. (There will also be an option to be dropped back at the Adelaide Convention Centre if you require)


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