The AIRAH Refrigeration 2018 Conference will build on the success of the Refrigeration 2017 Conference held in Melbourne. Over 140 delegates attended the 2017 conference, and AIRAH is looking at expanding on the topics and discussion that were held in Melbourne.

The conference will include sessions reviewing the latest developments regarding legislation, technologies, and a multitude of industry-specific case studies. The conference trade display will give participants the opportunity during the breaks and cocktail functions to interact with leading industry suppliers on the latest refrigeration technology offerings.

Further information about the conference program will be available in late 2017.  

Key dates

  • Final abstract submissions close – September 22, 2017
  • Notification of abstract acceptance – October 9, 2017
  • Program released – November 24, 2017 
  • Speaker Paper submission – December 15, 2017
  • Speaker PowerPoint submission – February 28, 2018
  • Refrigeration 2018 Conference – March 26–27, 2018.

Call for abstracts

AIRAH’s Refrigeration 2018 Conference will be held in Sydney on March 26-27, 2018. The conference committee is now calling for abstracts on an array of subjects, including but not limited to:
  • The Australian and International HFC phase-down 
  • Future thinking - the path towards carbon neutrality by 2050
  • Low GWP, synthetic refrigerants
  • Energy efficiency & Sustainability 
  • Energy efficiency of low GWP, synthetic refrigerants
  • Energy performance benchmarking 
  • Transcritical CO2 systems and the Australian climate
  • Refrigerant inventory reduction
  • Legislation/standards/licencing/training – developments in Australia and internationally
  • Environmental impacts of synthetic, low GWP refrigerants
  • Risk management associated with the use of flammable refrigerants
  • Case studies on projects 
  • Re-use and recycling of refrigerants – environmental benefits / the importance of meeting standards
  • Heat pumps
  • Site visit locations in the Sydney area

By submitting an abstract, speakers are also agreeing to submit a technical paper and PowerPoint presentation before the conference should their application to present be successful. The conference committee has the final say on accepted presentations. All submissions must include a 300-word abstract, a 100-word condensed abstract, 100-word biography and high-resolution author photo. Abstracts should be emailed to the AIRAH Conference and Events Coordinator by Friday, September 22, 2017. 


Note: early bird prices close on January 31, 2018.

AIRAH members early bird
AIRAH members            $660  
 Early bird non-member    $660
Non-member       $770  
Student member     $195  
 Student delegate    $255  

Registrations will open soon.



Prof. Dr Armin Hafner, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Keynote speaker

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Prof. Dr Armin Hafner is a Professor in Refrigeration Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Professor Hafner’s main fields of expertise include refrigeration and heat pump technology, CO2 technology for various applications; supermarkets, industrial heat pumps, transport refrigeration; system design for refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps, (stationary and automotive); compressor, ejector and compact heat exchanger technology; working fluids, with emphasis on natural working fluids, CO2, NH3 and hydrocarbons; life-cycle climate performance of various energy systems.

Professor Hafner has more than 100 international and national publications within the area of refrigeration and process engineering.

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Contact the AIRAH office on (03) 8623 3000 or email to be sent information on the conference sponsorship packages.

Conference committees

Technical Organising Committee

Ben Adamson, F.AIRAH, Refrigeration Engineering International
Graeme Dewerson, Affil.AIRAH, A-Gas Australia
Jonathan Fryer, M.AIRAH, ISECO Engineering Services
Julian Hudson, M.AIRAH, JCH Refrigeration Consulting
Stefan Jensen, F.AIRAH, Scantec Refrigeration Technologies
René Le Miere, Bitzer
Ben Quast, M.AIRAH, Oomiak

Organising Committee

Emily McLaughlin, AIRAH
Brendan Pejkovic, AIRAH


For further information about the Refrigeration 2018 Conference please contact the AIRAH office on (03) 8623 3000 or email