Virtual program

This program outlines the program for attendees who join us for the live stream of the Refrigeration Conference. It includes presentations and panels in one room. Recordings from the below sessions will be made available to both face-to-face and virtual attendees following the Conference, with registrations for the event available here.

If you would like to explore the program for the face-to-face event, please click here.

Please note that the times listed below are in AEST. 

Monday, May 17 – Day one


Live stream





8.55 – 9.10

Conference welcome and Diamond sponsor address

Ian Harwood, F.AIRAH
AIRAH President
Kirk Buckley, Affil.AIRAH

9.10 – 9.55

Keynote address:
Ultra-low GWP refrigeration using natural refrigerants

Bruce Nelson, M.AIRAH (USA)
Colmac Coil Manufacturing
(video presentation)

9.55 – 10.25

Best Practice Guide for Energy Efficient Walk-in Cold Rooms and industry update

Peter Brodribb, M.AIRAH
Expert Group

10.25 – 10.40

Technology masterclass: R448A - a viable solution beyond R404A/R507

Brett Hedge, M.AIRAH

10.40 – 11.10

Morning tea break

11.10 – 11.40

Sustainability and integration initiatives that are driving supermarket change

Dario Ferlin, M.AIRAH
Yan Gu, Affil.AIRAH

11.40 – 12.40

Panel session:
Refrigeration end-users

Chair: Dario Ferlin, M.AIRAH, Woolworths
Edward Brandt and Shaun Merry, Woolworths
Jannie Howard (WEA), Gordon Brothers
Tony Swift, Swift Support
Further panel members announced shortly

12.40 – 1.30

Lunch break


1.30 – 2.00

CO2: HVAC application in commercial buildings

Julian Hudson, M.AIRAH
Glaciem Cooling Technologies

2.00 – 3.00

Panel session:
The global warming crisis - Bringing the refrigeration and HVAC industries together

Chair: Julian Hudson, M.AIRAH, Glaciem Cooling
Bryon Price, F.AIRAH, A.G. Coombs
Amna Abdalla, City of Yarra
Sarah Reid, City of Melbourne


3.00 – 3.30

Afternoon tea break

3.30 – 4.15


Keynote address:
Future of ultra-low temperature refrigeration: -115°C cold sauna and -80°C storage room using ambient air as a refrigerant

Thomas Frank (Germany)
(video presentation)

4.15 – 4.45

Closing address and opening of AIRAH time capsule

Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH



Tuesday, May 18 – Day two


Live stream





9.10 – 9.20

Welcome address: AIRAH update             

Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH

9.20 – 10.05

Keynote address:
Energy efficiency of industrial-size refrigeration systems

Thomas Lund (Denmark)
(video presentation)

10.05 – 10.20

Technology masterclass:
Next generation refrigerants


10.20 – 10.45

Morning tea break

10.45 – 11.15

Gender equality in the workplace - An eight step strategy to move forward with

Elizabeth Paparo, Affil.AIRAH 
Gregory Malcolm
Hussmann Oceania

11.15 – 12.15

Panel session:
Issues from the field – contractors’ session

Chair: Rene Le Miere, M.AIRAH, SuperCool Asia-Pacific
Dr Ross Digby, Holmesglen
Kylie Farrelley, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia
Noel Munkman, M.AIRAH, Australian Refrigeration Council
Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH, AIRAH

12.15 – 1.15

Lunch break


1.15 – 1.45

Risks and responsibilities when transitioning to low-GWP refrigerants

Kylie Farrelley
Refrigerant Reclaim Australia

1.45 – 2.15

Flammable refrigerant systems: a fire explosion risk perspective

Dr Frank Mendham
Mendham Consultants

2.15 – 2.45

HVAC&R Licensing in Australia, now and towards 2050 – AIRAH position statement delivered by the Refrigeration Special Technical Group

Jonathon Hare, M.AIRAH
(STG co-chair)
Brett Hedge, M.AIRAH
(STG co-chair)

2.45 – 3.10

Afternoon tea break

3.10 – 3.40

High-temperature NH3 heat pumps and beyond

Rob Paul and Graeme Marr
Johnson Controls

3.40 – 4.40

Panel session:
Heat pumps – Applications traditionally served by gas boilers, heat pumps the new low lifecycle cost way to go

Jonathan Fryer, M.AIRAH, ISECO Engineering
Michael Riese, M.AIRAH, Cold Logic
Terry Presley, York Process Systems
Greg Clements, GEA Australia
Craig Duff, Active Refrigeration

4.40 – 4.50

Closing address