Groningen Meeting
First Timers Event (invitation-only)
Supported by Parchment

Date: Tuesday 25 April, 2017
The Groningen Declaration Network First Timers Event is a new event for the Annual Meeting program. The event allows for new members and guests to engage in important networking, consolidate relationships, share stories of projects, and initiate connections. In true Melbourne style, proceedings begin with a five-star lunch at acclaimed restaurant Nobu at Crown, before a short boat ride up the Yarra River to the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground for the annual Anzac Day Australian Football League match (Australia Rules).

Welcome Reception
Supported by Monash University

Date: Wednesday 26 April, 2017
Time: 5.30pm - 7.00pm    
The Welcome Reception is the official opening of the three-day international annual meeting and will be held on campus at The University of Melbourne. As a particularly Australasian feature of many conferences, this reception will introduce participants to the networking and capacity-building nature of the conference and its theme: Expanding Engagement.

Welcome Dinner (optional and free - numbers limited)
Supported by VETASSESS

Date: Wednesday 26 April, 2017
Time: 7.30pm - 10.30pm
The Welcome Dinner is a convivial, informal dinner that sparks social connections between international colleagues, and provides a warm welcome to our visitors by sharing the best of Melbourne’s culinary pedigree and local ambiance.

Networking breakfast with the Koalas (optional and free – registration of interest required)
Supported by Deloitte

Date: Thursday 27 April, 2017
Time: 7.30am -9.30am

We invite you to begin the second day of the Groningen Declaration Network Annual Meeting sharing the company of selected meeting guests and Australia’s favourite marsupial. Invitees will have private access to Melbourne Zoo before it opens to the public and guests can meet passionate and knowledgeable zookeepers for a koala presentation and photo opportunities. Zookeepers will share quirky facts about these amazing Australian animals – a talking point for local and international guests alike.

Following a buffet-style breakfast served on the Koala viewing platform guests will also have the opportunity to meet the Kangaroos at Melbourne Zoo, before being returned via private transport to the meeting venue in Parkville. (Transfers will also be provided to the Zoo)
The event has capacity for 40 meeting guests. Register your interest, final attendance will be determined by ballot.

Annual Dinner
Supported by Digitary

Date: Thursday 27 April, 2017
Time: 6.00pm-10.30pm
The Groningen Declaration Dinner is the highlight event of the Annual Meeting and will include the official signing ceremony. The Dinner is an opportunity for members and guests to engage in important networking, consolidate relationships, share stories of projects, and make new connections. As an international event, this is also an opportunity to showcase the best of Melbourne as a cultural capital, with the event being held at the National Gallery of Victoria and inclusive of a private viewing of the Indigenous art collection.