Research stream at National Energy Efficiency Conference 26 February 2020

About the National Energy Efficiency Conference 2020

Delivered by the Energy Efficiency Council, the conference has become Australia’s flagship annual event for energy efficiency, energy management and demand response. The Conference attracts over 350 of Australia’s foremost energy efficiency experts, forward-thinking policy makers, innovative energy users, political leaders and industry thought leaders.

The themes for the 2020 conference are:

  • Healthy, comfortable buildings
  • Productive, competitive businesses
  • Affordable, reliable energy

The conference website is at The event takes place in Melbourne on 26-27 May 2020 at Pullman Melbourne on the Park.

Aim of the Research Stream

For the first time, the 2020 conference will include a stream dedicated to showcasing the latest research in energy efficiency, energy management and demand response. The stream aims to:

  • Promote research and expose leaders from industry and government to the most cutting edge ideas and information being produced in Australia;
  • Create connections, networks and opportunities for collaboration between academia, industry and government.

The concept for the stream has been developed by the EEC in consultation with its research-focussed members (CSIRO, Deakin University, Monash University, University of Technology Sydney). However, proposals for presentations are welcomed from any relevant body, institution or organisation.

Click here to download the call for presentations.

Session Format and Presentations

The EEC is keen to facilitate effective engagement between researchers and the energy efficiency community in a streamlined way that maximises exposure of research work to a broad audience.

  • The Research Stream will take place on Tuesday 26 May 2020 from 1:30pm-3:30pm.
  • The stream will consist of two one hour  sessions, each consisting of 4 to 6 short presentations followed by c. 20 minutes of informal Q&A. The presentations should convey the key elements of the research while the Q&A will allow more in-depth engagement.
  • Presenters will need to provide PowerPoint slides for a 5 to 10 minute (max) presentation.
  • Presenters will not be required to produce a formal conference paper or poster.

Topics of Interest

We are seeking engaging, high-energy presentations which will appeal to our diverse audience on topics including (but not limited to):

  • Social research associated with energy efficiency (e.g. community views and behaviour)
  • Health research (e.g. the impacts of building efficiency on wellbeing and productivity)
  • Engineering research (e.g. emerging technologies and digitalisation)
  • Public policy and governance research (e.g. the impact of existing or potential policies)
  • Economics and labour studies

Research from academic institutions, governments, businesses, NGOs or other bodies is welcome.

We are aiming to showcase research that has broad relevance for the energy efficiency sector, including policy-makers and the energy efficiency industry. Projects that demonstrate interdisciplinary thinking are of particular interest.

The audience will consist largely of industry and government professionals with good knowledge around energy efficiency, although they may not share the deep subject expertise of speakers (e.g. epidemiology). Speakers should take this into account when pitching the level of information to include in their presentation.

Submission guidelines

Please submit your abstract in Word or PDF format to by 20 March 2020.

Your abstract should summarise your proposed topic and main findings (maximum 250 words) and include full name and title, academic affiliation and/or employer, phone number and email address.

A maximum of one abstract per individual will be considered.

The EEC will select research presentations based their relevance to current issues in energy management, the degree to which they contribute new thinking to these debates, and ensuring diversity in topics covered across the entire stream.

Important dates

Deadline for submission:                                                               Friday 20 March 2020
Notification of acceptance:                                                            Friday 17 April 2020
Deadline for submission of presentation slides:                         Friday 15 May 2020
Conference Session date:                                                              Tuesday 26 May 2020

Conference registration and fees

The EEC is pleased to provide all speakers selected for the Research Stream with complimentary registration for Day 1 of the Conference (Tuesday 26 May), plus access to a heavily discounted rate for the Gala Dinner (Tuesday 26 May) and Day 2 of the Conference (Wednesday 27 May). 

Further information

For any enquiries, please contact: 

Rob Murray-Leach, Head of Policy, EEC:

Click here to download the call for presentations.