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Conference Program

DATTArc Research Presentation Schedule




Join DATTA Australia at our biennial National Design and Technology Teacher & International Research Conference - DATTArc, to be held in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology.

Taking place from the 6-8 December 2018, with internationally renowned keynote presenters and a fantastic variety of seminars and hands-on workshops running at Swinburne's Advanced Manufacturing & Design Centre and Swinburne Senior Secondary College.

Our delegates - whether they teach primary or secondary, are from the tertiary sector or are community educators - will explore the future of Design & Technology, asking how we can assert its future as a vital field of learning and a major provider of applied STEM learning, creative problem solving skills and innovative capabilities.

This event is the 4th National DATTA Conference, this year to be hosted in Melbourne by DATTA Vic and Swinburne University of Technology. It also hosts 10th biennial international conference on Technology Education Research (now entitled DATTArc). It’s a unique opportunity for educators from all sectors to gather and explore Design & Technology education together.


Getting There

The conference is taking place over 3 venues, all just a few minutes’ walk from each other on Burwood Road -

Swinburne's Hawthorn campus has three university car parks on Wakefield Street (multi-deck), Henry Street and Paterson Street, which operate 7.00am-10.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Please visit Melbourne's public transport website for ticketing information or their journey planner.















Please click here for further details on accomodation options and the discounts available for conference delegates. 

Within 15 minutes walk from the conference - 

Within 15 minutes walk from a Melbourne city train station - 


Conference Program

Conference registrations are NOW OPEN

The School stream program is available HERE

This conference will engage with a wide range of educators, from Primary right through to Tertiary.  The program is divided into 2 streams – RC (Research Conference) for Tertiary Educators and School for Primary and Secondary teachers, with everyone coming together to participate in our conference keynote presentations and to explore our trade exhibition.

The School stream begins with a professional practice day for teachers on Thursday 6 December, where they can attend keynote presentations, hear from practising designers, participate in networking sessions and explore the trade exhibition. Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December have a wide variety of seminars and hands-on workshops for teachers running throughout each day, taking place between Swinburne University’s AMDC and Swinburne Senior Secondary College.

DATTArc for tertiary educators runs over the three days, with a variety of speakers from throughout Australia and beyond running sessions targeted at researchers and academics. 

Information on the DATTArc Stream will be coming soon.

The conference will also feature a diverse and exciting trade exhibition, with suppliers from throughout the country demonstrating the latest technologies, resources and equipment for the Technologies classroom or workshop. For further details on our trade exhibition, contact Laura at









Featuring keynotes from: 

Thursday 6 December - Dr Eva Hartell (KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm) and Associate Professor Kurt Seemann (Swinburne Centre of Design Innovation) 

Friday 7 December - Maddison Miller (Heritage Victoria Archaeologist)   

Saturday 8 December - Dr Leyla Acaroglu (UNEP Champion of the Earth) and Peter Murphy (DATTA Australia President)


Extra Activities

Registrations are NOW OPEN

Join RC Conference hosts over drinks and discuss the 3 day program for tertiary delegates.

Don’t miss an opportunity to hear from speakers blazing a train in design education.  You’ll mix with conference delegates from the primary, secondary and tertiary sector and have fantastic opportunities to network, share ideas and discuss issues.

Exclusively for our conference delegates – join Ewan McEoin, National Gallery of Victoria’s Senior Curator of Contemporary Design & Architecture for an insight into NGV’s design collections and education programs.  Then visit the Between Two Worlds I Escher X Nendo exhibitionAfterwards, enjoy a drink at the bar and take in the sounds of some of Melbourne’s top musicians playing late into the night.



Conference registrations are NOW OPEN

1, 2 and 3 day registrations available -

  • 1 day from only $200 pp
  • 3 days for $695 (save $105 pp)
  • Group bookings of 3 or more for only $595 per delegate (save $100 pp)