SUGUNA’s Annual Conference 2016 will be held on the historic RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.  This year is the 80th anniversary of the Queen Mary’s maiden voyage. Plan to stay on board and experience the grandeur of the golden age of transatlantic crossings.  Explore the second busiest port in the United States on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Port of Long Beach.  Attend the conference banquet and awards ceremony at Parker’s Lighthouse, with spectacular views over Queensway Bay and the Los Angeles River. For more information, visit the conference website.

Please contact Bill Evans if you are interested in presenting and or helping with the organisation of the conference at email billevans1630@hotmail.com or phone 310-994-1382.


10 October - 13 October 2013

The 2013 SUGUNA Annual Conference took place in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday 10 October - to Sunday 13 October 2013.

The outstanding lecture program included presentations from a representative of the University of Sydney, a Minister Counsellor from the Australian Embassy in Washington, and numerous established and upcoming US based Sydney talent.

Lecture topics included:
  • “Australian Art and Its Impact in North America”
  • “Face lifts and eye lifts:  Do’s and Don’ts”
  • “Was Grandpa a convict…and why?”
  • "Health Care in Crisis – Leading to High Value, Cost-Conscious Care”

In addition to our suite of lectures, the Conference Program included the SUGUNA Annual Awards banquet and other dinners, as well as a range of other daytime activities including visits to:

  • Museum of the New South
  • Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
  • Nascar Hall of Fame
  • Carolinas Aviation Museum
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden


2 August - 5 August 2012

Almost 80 Alumni and Friends joined us in the historic city of Boston for the 2012 Annual SUGUNA Conference. The conference included an Awards Banquet at the Algonquin Hotel with guest speaker Mr Malcolm Binks AO, a number of fascinating city tours and a full program of distinguished Alumni speakers covering a broad swather of topics from the latest research on Parkinson's disease to the advent of the "Portfolio Career".

Professor John Hearn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) attended on behalf of the University of Sydney, along with Tracey Beck, Director of Alumni Relations and Events, and provided this kind review.

For a more detailed summary of the conference, please download the Autumn 2012 edition of the SUGUNA newsletter.

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SAVE THE DATE: 23rd SUGUNA Annual Conference, October 10-13, 2013, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

The 24th Annual Conference will take place in Detroit MI in 2014. Further details to be advised closer to the date.


AUGUST 4-7, 2011

The 2011 SUGUNA Annual Conference, held in August at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, was a spectacular success, with nearly 70 attendees. This was SUGUNA’s 21st Annual Conference and marked the 20th anniversary of the founding of SUGUNA.

At the conference Wanda Haschek-Hock was appointed President of SUGUNA, succeeding outgoing President Dr Gerry Bassell. Dr Ron Ettinger was presented with the 2011 Jim Wolfensohn award for outstanding contributions to the dentistry profession and to SUGUNA.
The conference featured a large range of fascinating presentations on a variety of topics, and Kevin Lamb, Honorary Australian Consul to British Columbia, was our keynote speaker at the banquet.

Full details are available in the November SUGUNA newsletter, which will be distributed with SAM shortly..

Thursday 12 August - Saturday 14 August, 2010

The 2010 Annual Conference took place recently in Chicago from Thursday 12 August and Saturday 14 August.  

Special guests at the conference included the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Michael Spence, the Australian Consul-General Elizabeth Schick and an impressive array of specialist Alumni and Friends of the University speaking on a wide range of fascinating topics including:  "Australia’s koala – Icon or menace?" and "Birth Defects Caused by Environmental Agents and Drugs". There were also a number of social and professional networking occasions where alumni were able to connect and re-connect with fellow Alumni and supporters of the University including an evening reception at Australian-owned Feast restaurant, a Dinner Cruise and a banquet by Australian Executive Chef Frank Brunacci at Trump Tower where the winner of the prestigious Wolfensohn Award was announced.

Please click here for a full program with speaker biographies.

SUGUNA would like to extend our special thanks to the Alumni Relations Office and our conference sponsors, Hektoen International,  a peer-reviewed journal of medical humanities published online by the Hektoen Institute of Medicine, and Old Bridge Cellars, who represent a group of Australian winemakers committed to artisan winemaking.

For further information on the 2010 Conference, please contact Wanda Haschek-Hock at whaschek@illinois.edu or Michael Challis at MDChallis@aol.com


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2009 Annual Conference: Los Angeles

The 2009 Annual SUGUNA Conference was held in Los Angeles, August 20 – 23, 2009. It was held on the campus of UCLA in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, and the committee worked hard to bring an exciting line-up of presentations.

Speakers included:

Ian Masters: Matters of National Security
Host of KPFK radio programs Background Briefing and Live from the Left Coast.

Professor Jane Dyson: How Does Your Protein Fold?
Department of Molecular Biology, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla.

Professor Bernard Balleine: The Executive Brain
Associate Director for Research, Brain Research Institute.

David Lyle: The Future Face of Television
President, Fox Reality Channel.

Associate Professor Fiona Cowie: The Acquisition of Language
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.

Mr John Mott Motion Picture Production Design in a Digital Age
DNA Productions, Los Angeles. Motion picture designer.

Dr Tony Yeo: AIDS and HIV Twenty Five Years On
Medical scientist specializing in infectious diseases and translational medicine.

Susan MacDonald: Conservation at the Getty
Head of Field Projects, Getty Conservation Institute

Aviva Layton: The Sydney Push
Writer and Author

Bill Lew: The Origins and History of SUGUNA
Retired physician. Founding member of SUGUNA.

The meeting was preceded by a luncheon and program for University of Sydney medical graduates on Thursday August 20.

Among the extracurricular activities were visits to both Getty museums – the Brentwood campus and the Malibu Villa; a trip to the LA Brea Tarpits and LA County Museum of Art; and a special tour of Los Angeles Freeway Operations Center. Social events included an opening night reception at the LA Consular Residence, a buffet dinner at UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History on Friday evening and the banquet on Saturday, when the annual Wolfensohn Award was presented to the 2009 awardee.

Abridged versions of the presentations are available in the 2010 SUGUNA newsletters, which are mailed out twice yearly with the Sydney Alumni Magazine (SAM) to all University of Sydney Alumni with up-to-date North American postal addresses. Click here to update your details or contact the Alumni Relations Office on +61 2 9036 9222 or at alumni.office@sydney.edu.au