Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the SOAC 2017 Conference being held?
SOAC 2017 is being held at the University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus. The North Terrace campus is the University of Adelaide's largest and is located on North Terrace between Kintore Avenue and Frome Road.


How do I get from the airport to the Conference?
Travel time between the Adelaide Airport and the CBD is approximately 15-20 minutes. 


A taxi rank is located left of the pedestrian plaza as you walk out of the terminal. Concierges provide a safe environment and allocate taxis to passengers. There is a $3 levy added to fares for taxis leaving the airport.  A taxi fare will cost you approximately $25.

Suburban Taxis                            13 10 08
Yellow Cabs                                 13 22 27
Adelaide Independent Taxis (including Access Cabs)   13 22 11

Adelaide Metro Bus
If you wish to use public transport to/ from Adelaide Airport, Adelaide Metro offers an express double decker bus service called JetExpress between the airport and the city. Adelaide Metro also offers a convenient JetBus service to Glenelg, West Beach and the City, servicing all stops en route.

Both JetExpress and JetBus are Metroticket services. Single trip and daytrip tickets can be purchased from bus drivers. Click the links here for more information to find your closest service stop. Alternatively call Adelaide Metro Infoline 08 8210 1000.

Pick up and drop off is from the bus stop located on the left hand side of the plaza as you leave the Terminal. 

Shuttle Bus

Airport City Shuttle offers a Door to Door service from Adelaide Airport to Adelaide Hotels and Businesses. Group discounts are available.
Booking are not needed, please follow instructions below:
On arrival please make your way to the Information and Tourism Bookings Booth located on the ground floor of the terminal in a central location. The friendly staff will help you with your booking and inform you of the next shuttle time (approximately every half hour).

City Shuttle Bus operating hours are as follows:

Monday – Friday from 8am – 9pm.
Saturdays from 8am – 6pm.
Sundays from 8am – 5pm.

The cost is $10 per person each way. Contact City Shuttle for more information on Group bookings 0433 533 718.

Adelaide Free Bikes

Then hire an Adelaide Free Bike from one of 20 locations around the city and North Adelaide, or one of 7 locations in the suburbs. Introduced in 2005, Adelaide Free Bikes is a joint initiative between the City of Adelaide and Bike SA. Adelaide Free Bikes has over 200 bikes available for daily hire. To hire a bike with helmet and bike lock for free, just provide a form of identification. See the full list of free bike hire locations or contact Bike SA for more information.

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Where is the PhD Symposium being held?
The PhD Symposium is being held at Flinders University at Victoria Square, Level 1, 182 Tarndanyannga (Victoria Square) Adelaide.
Registration is from 12.30 pm on Saturday 25th November with the Symposium commencing at 1 pm.

Where is the ECR Workshop being held?
The ECR Workshop is being held at Flinders University at Victoria Square, Level 1, 182 Tarndanyannga (Victoria Square) Adelaide.
Registration is from 1.00 pm on Monday 27th November with the Workshop commencing at 1.30 pm.

If I already have a name badge from the PhD Symposium do I need to re register at the SOAC Conference?
Yes, you will need to re-register at the SOAC Conference on Tuesday morning to collect your information for the Conference. 

If I already have a name badge from the ECR Workshop do I need to re register at the SOAC Conference?
Yes, you can keep your badge from the ECR Workshop, but you will need to re-register a the SOAC Conference on Tuesday morning to collect your pocket program for the Conference. 

Is there parking near the PhD Symposium or the ECR Workshop?
Please note that there is no staff or student parking available in the building. A range of commercial car parks offer plenty of off-street spaces:

Disabled parking
If you have a temporary or permanent Disability Parking Permit (issued from the State Government Services SA) there are a number of parking options available near Victoria Square.

Disabled parking ticketed spaces
If you use a ticket parking space within the city, the Adelaide City Council does not require you to purchase a ticket and time extensions will also be granted. (No concessions apply when parking in a Loading Zone.)

What about Public Transport to Victoria Square for the PhD Symposium or the ECR Workshop?
Adelaide Metro looks after the public transport including bus, train and trams for Adelaide city and the surrounding suburbs. The Adelaide Metro website has detailed information about the full range of public transport services and timetables including the Terrace to Terrace free city tram.

Where is the Registration Desk at Adelaide University North Terrace Campus?
The registration desk will be located in the foyer of the Braggs Theatre in the Braggs Building.  It will be open at the following times:

Tuesday 28th November 2017                      7.30 am – 5.15 pm
Wednesday 29th November 2017                 8.15 am – 5.00 pm
Thursday 30th November 2017                     8.15 am – 3.00 pm

Is there a map of Adelaide University?
Yes, there is a map located here:

What will the weather be like?
Adelaide has a Mediterranean climate with mild to cool winters and and warm, dry summers. You can expect an average daily maximum of 25 celsius and minimum of 14 celsius in November.  Click here for up to date weather reports.

What is the dress code for the conference?
For all conference sessions, the Welcome Reception and the Conference Dinner the dress is smart casual.

Will there be WIFI?
Yes, Delegates have access to complimentary WIFI for the duration of the conference.  The network in all spaces is accessed as below:

Conference Login Account:         soac
Password:                                       soac@2017

Will I get a Conference Handbook
The Conference Handbook will not be provided in a hard copy this year.  It can be downloaded from the SOAC 2017 Conference website.  Please ensure that you have downloaded it prior to your arrival.

Will I get a Name Badge?
Each delegate will also receive a name badge upon arrival.  The name badge is your official pass and must be worn to entry all sessions and to social functions.

Where is Lunch?
Lunches and tea breaks are in the atrium of the Ingkarni Wardli Building. There are also special lunch meetings for AECURN (Tuesday, 28 November 1.00-2.00) and a Women in Cities Research Lunch (Wednesday, 29th November, 12.15-1.15), both of which will be held in the Ira Raymond Room.


Date: Tuesday 28th November 2017
Time: 1.00–2.00 pm


Date: Wednesday 29th November 2017
Time: 12.15–1.15 pm

The Australian Cities Research Network is convening an inaugural lunch to celebrate and support women at all stages of their research career. The lunch will be co-hosted by Professor Nicole Gurran, Co-Chair of the Australian Cities Network, and Dr Crystal Legacy, Senior Research Fellow (RMIT).

What if I have a special dietary requirement?
All catering venues have been advised of any special diet preferences you have indicated on your registration form. Please identify yourself to the catering or registration desk staff to locate your meal.

Presenters & Sessions
Presenters in parallel sessions will have twenty minutes to summarise their papers and chairs will be askedto ensure that they keep strictly within this limit. There will be a central desk in the foyer of the Braggs Theatre where presenters should take PowerPoint presentations for uploading.

Mobile Phones
As a courtesy to other delegates, please ensure that all mobile phones are turned to off or on silent mode during all presentations and social functions.

Photographs, Videos, Recording of Sessions
Delegates are not permitted to use any type of camera or recording device at any of the sessions unless written permission has been obtained from the relevant speaker.

The SOAC 2017 Conference reserves the right to amend or alter any advertised details relating to dates, program and speakers if necessary, without notice, as a result of circumstances beyond their control. All attempts have been made to keep any changes to an absolute minimum.

The Conference Rooms are spread throughout the University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus over several buildings.

The Braggs - Braggs Theatre         Plenary Session

Ingkarni Wardli Building:

IW Atrium                                                       Catering Breaks

IW B17                                          Concurrent Session Room

IW B18                                          Concurrent Session Room

IW 715                                           Concurrent Session Room

IW 218                                           Concurrent Session Room

Barr Smith South Building:

BSS 2051                                      Concurrent Session Room

BSS 2052                                      Concurrent Session Room

BSS 2060                                      Concurrent Session Room

Ira Raymond Room                      AECURN and Women’s Lunches

Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS) Building:

ECMS Innovation 5.58                                    AURIN Workshop

Entry to Conference Sessions
It is suggested that delegates arrive at preferred sessions promptly to ensure a seat.  If sessions become full then delegates may not be allowed entry to them.


Civic Reception hosted by the Lord Mayor Martin Haese

Date:     Monday 27th November 2017
Dinner:  6.00 pm - 7.00  pm
Venue:  Adelaide Town Hall, King William Road, Adelaide
Cost:     Included with Full Registration only (not open to PhD Student Registration)

The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese is pleased to invite attendees of SOAC 2017 to a Lord Mayoral Reception to welcome delegates of the State of Cities National Conference.

Additional tickets cannot be purchased. Numbers are limited for this event. All delegates must have indicated their acceptance prior to the event.  

Conference Gala Dinner

Date:     Wednesday 29th November 2017
Dinner:  7.00 for 7.30 – 11.00 pm
Venue:  National Wine Centre, Hackney Road, Adelaide
Cost:     $100 per ticket

The conference dinner will be held at the iconic National Wine Centre of Australia. Situated on the edge of Adelaide's stunning Botanic Gardens the centre combines eye-catching architecture that showcases the Australian wine industry. Tickets cost $100 per person.
NB: This function is not included in the full registration.

Tom McKenna Memorial Lecture and Exhibition

Tom McKenna Lecture

Date:         Tuesday 28th November 2017
Time:         5.45 pm – 6.00 pm 
Location:  Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building, University of South Australia, City WEST Campus

The Tom McKenna Lecture is a signifcant annual lecture organised by the Planning Institute of Australia (SA). It is a public lecture which, in its name, commemorates Tom McKenna, Head of the Planning program at the SA Institute of Technology (now UniSA)in the 1970s.

This year PIA has joined with SOAC to include the lecture as part of the SOAC program. The 2017 Tom McKenna lecture is also generously sponsored by Jensen Plus.

1917 Exhibition

Following the lecture participants will be offered refreshmentsand the opportunity to view the Exhibition entitled:

The Australian Town Planning Conference and Exhibition17-24 October 1917: In Retrospect

The event will conclude at 8.15pm.

How do I get to UniSA City WEST Campus?
The Tom McKenna Lecture will be held in the Allan Scott Auditorium at UniSA’s City West Campus (see map link below). On the afternoon of 28 November parallel sessions will end promptly at 5.15 and delegates will then be asked to start walking immediately west along North Terrace to the City West Campus. The walk should take about 20 minutes.

The free city bus 97A will pick up every 15 minutes from the stop T1 opposite the Art Gallery of SA and proceed down North Terrace to the University of SA stop Y2 (located near the Way Lee Building).

Map - CWE Campus Map v4.pdf