How do I get from the airport to the conference location?

Sydney Airport is connected to a train line. There are stations outside both the domestic and international arrivals areas, and all you have to do is get off at Wolli Creek and switch to a service that is heading towards Dapto, Bomaderry or Port Kiama. Tickets are sold at automated machines and kiosks inside the terminal, you just need to type in your final address, and the machine will provide you with the correct fare. Follow this link for journey times, as well as arrivals and departure times.

Taxis don’t operate between the airport and Wollongong, although you can hire a private shuttle service. The University of Wollongong recommends Leisure Coast Limousines.

How do I submit an abstract?

Please submit abstracts online by Friday 1 June 2018. Include a brief abstract, less than 250 words, including three key words. The symposia theme(s) should be indicated. To submit online, follow this link.

Is the conference close to other Wollongong attractions?
Absolutely. The University of Wollongong is in a central position for the attractions of Wollongong, as well as the Illawarra and South Coast regions. Delegates will have plenty of options for dining, sightseeing and taking in all the natural wonder of this beautiful part of the Australian east coast.
What is Opal and how does it work?

Opal is New South Wales’ smartcard, which you use to pay for public transport throughout Sydney and Wollongong. You can order an Opal card online, or at selected retailers, Transport Customer Service Stations and Shops and selected Service NSW locations.

There is a ‘touch on’ point at each train and bus.

What is the current exchange rate?

As of March 2018, the exchange rate was:
• $1AUD = 0.75USD 
• $1AUD = 0.61EUR 
• $1AUD = 0.55GBP 
• $1AUD = 0.95 SGD 
• $1AUD = 78.81JPY 
• $1AUD = 4.56CNY


There are several places to exchange money at the Sydney Airport. If you are staying in Wollongong, the best place to change money is The Currency Exchange. It is located in the Wollongong Central Shopping Centre, just above the H&M store.

What sort of weather should I expect?
Wollongong is blessed with one of the best climates of any major city in Australia. The conference will be held between the 27 and 29 November, which is one of the best times to visit the area. You can expect warm days and balmy nights, without any extremes in weather.
What will be the themes of the 2018 conference?
The conference will cover a variety of themes across a range of areas of materials engineering, science and technology. The themes will be dedicated to exploring the latest advances in their respective disciplines, covering areas such as light metals, innovative building materials, nanostructure materials and interfaces and much more.
When will speakers be announced?
The speakers will be announced in early August 2018.
Who is CAMS?
CAMS is the Combined Advanced Materials Society, which has also incorporated Materials Australia and the Australian Ceramic Society who will serve as conference hosts for the 2018 conference. All of these societies are dedicated to the advancement of materials in the science, engineering and technology sectors.