Industry Networking Night

Join us for an engaging evening of networking with the next generation of STEM leaders!

KOALA 2023, in partnership with the ANU Research School of Physics, will host an industry networking event for STEM research students and early career researchers at the ANU.

Jointly affiliated with both Optica and SPIE, KOALA Student Conference is a non-profit student-only conference held annually in Australia and New Zealand. Every year it attracts around 100 research students from the fields of Optics, Photonics, Laser applications as well as Quantum and Atomic science. For the first time in 2023 it is being hosted at the Research School of Physics in Canberra.

To broaden the positive impact for both industry and the ANU research community, KOALA has joined forces with the Research School of Physics to present a networking event open to KOALA attendees as well as all research students and early career researchers from the College of Science and College of Engineering.

If you want to expand your career horizons or are interested in the intersect between academia and industry, then this event is for you!

Key details

Event format

The first quarter-hour will be given to short 1-minute pitches from our invited industry representatives to get to know their organisations. The rest of the event will be a casual networking session with non-alcoholic refreshments and food to be provided.


Where are you located?
The event will be held in the foyer of the newly built Research School of Physics building, located on the ANU campus in Acton: Building 160, 60 Mills Rd, Acton ACT 2601

Is there parking available?
Free after-hours parking is available on ANU campus. There are a number of lots along Mills Rd and Garran Rd which are within walking distance from the Research School of Physics. Refer to the linked Designated Parking Areas Map for more information, where the Pay as You Go zones are free after 5pm.

What exhibition space is available?
All industry guests will have space for a freestanding banner, trestle tables are also available on request.

Who can come to the event?
This event is not open to the public, and only invited guests and ANU staff and students may attend. Reach out to us here for more information.

This event is proudly supported by: