The Australian Solar Council’s Scientific Conference takes place during Solar 2014 on 8 to 9 May 2014 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia.

This is the only national conference that brings together and highlights the latest achievements by Australian research scientists and engineers across all aspects of solar energy, energy efficiency and other renewables. Students are particularly welcome and enjoy heavily discounted fees.

Attendees can also attend, for no extra charge, elements of the industry conferences and large exhibition, that run in parallel. Plenary sessions will be joint with industry attendees. Industry and business participants who wish to attend some of the science and engineering presentations may register for the complete Scientific meeting, or for one day thereof.

All abstracts submitted and accepted by registered attendees will be available with the final program. Full papers should be submitted for peer review, which will be carried out according to HERDC guidelines. Those accepted will be published in the proceedings with an ISBN number. From these the Technical Committee will nominate select papers for publication in a special edition of the Society’s International Journal “Solar Energy”. Non-peer reviewed papers linked to presentations will also be made available separately. Registrants will have open access to all proceedings papers.

Technical committee
A committee of science and technology experts from across the country will oversee this meeting. Individual members in combination cover all segments of the topic list below.

Chair: Geoff Smith, Emeritus Professor in Applied Physics, University of Technology Sydney.

Committee: Lu Aye (UoM), Wasim Saman (USA), Scott Watkins (CSIRO), Supriya Pillai (UNSW), Sarah Miller (CSIRO), Tania Urmee (Murdoch), Craig Froome (UQ), Mark Diesendorf (UNSW), Aliakbar AkbarZadeh (RMIT), Rose Amal (UNSW).

Conference Topics
Papers addressing the following topics are sought:

  • Solar PhotoVoltaics (PV) – including system design, new cell developments, performance, CPV, and reliability studies
  • Solar Thermal – CSP as well as SWH and SAH, low grade process heat for industry, TPV and thermo-electric power from solar and general waste heat
  • Solar produced fuels, solar waste treatment
  • Built Environment, Sustainable Design, Solar Controlled Daylightin
  • Energy Efficiency, New Cooling Technologies, Reducing Peak Deman
  • Economics and Public Polic
  • Grid Integration and Remote Power Systems, Storage
  • Other renewables – including wind, biomass, geothermal, wave/tidal and waste methane recovery

Additional topics may be considered, if sufficient interest is indicated.

Abstract acceptance, papers and presentations

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by members of the technical panel and outcomes notified to authors by the due date(see timeline below).

Abstracts must be structured/formatted according to a supplied template below.

All accepted abstracts, and subsequently accepted full papers after peer review, will be published on the Australian Solar Council web-site under an ISBN number prior to the meeting (see timeline below).

For publication of abstracts with the program, and papers in the Proceedings, registration is essential.

Authors of approved abstracts will be requested to prepare:

  • A full paper, of not more than 10 pages, for peer-review.  If accepted it can be either orally presented in a 15-20 minute slot, or as a poster. For peer review the paper must be submitted Online by the due date below.
  • Select papers among those peer reviewed will be chosen for inclusion in a special journal edition.
  • Authors whose papers are considered to be of wide major interest, including a topical review, may be considered for invited speaker status and a longer time.
  • Authors wishing to submit papers after the deadline or not seeking peer review can have them placed Online in a separate non-peer reviewed category  subject to editorial quality checks only. Correct formats are still required.

Abstracts which are not accepted in the first round may be subsequently accepted following author review.

Timeline for submission and acceptance of abstracts

One page abstracts are required by Tuesday 12th November 2013. Acceptance will be notified soon afterwards with last notifications, including required revisions, by 4thDecember.    

Requirements for papers and their submission will be delivered with notification of abstract acceptance and will also be available Online. The cut-off for paper submission for peer review, revisions if needed, and Proceedings production prior to the meeting will be Friday February 14.

Abstract background

Topics should contribute to knowledge relating to the uses and applications of solar, clean and renewable energy, energy efficiency, the built environment and/or sustainability.

Abstract content:

  • will be reviewed by members of the technical committee
  • must be submitted according to the guidelines, and using the format based on the template, below
  • should be of no more than 300 words, plus title, keywords, author(s) details and citations
  • exceeding the word limit will be returned for re-submission
  • should state the problem being addressed, the purpose of the paper, basic procedures/methods, main findings and principle conclusions
  • should contain original work that has not previously been reported, and may be from a range of categories, including original research, case studies, insight or review articles
  • must be emailed to
  • must be submitted in either .doc or .docx file formats. No other formats will be accepted  and manuscripts will be returned to the author without review if not in accordance with the Abstract Content or Format Guidelines (below) and
  • must be resubmitted by the final closing date (December 4) in the correct format to be included in the program
  • must not be resubmitted other than for a notified submission error


  • The primary presenting author must submit the abstract, and will be the point of contact for all correspondence concerning the abstract, paper and/or poster.
  • All presenting authors will be required to register and pay for the conference to ensure their abstract(s) are included in the final program and journal supplement – deadline for author registration is April 3rd 2014.
  • Will receive a confirmation email with a receipt number confirming that your abstract was successfully received. If not received from ASC within 5 days or sending, please contact
  • It is the responsibility of the primary presenting author to ensure that the abstract is submitted correctly

Any funding support for research should be stated at the end of the final Paper or Poster, NOT in the Abstract

The following abstract template is available for download here.

Further updates and files will also be posted at: