Connections Oz 2021

Hi all,
Connections Oz is on again in 2021. I have opted for another fully online conference this year as travel and other restrictions are likely to remain in force. Hopefully next year we can return to having a face to face component.

However, I for one have enjoyed the opportunity that online provides to have speakers and participants from all over the world. So, once again this year we will operate on an extended schedule to allow participants from North America to join us in the morning and those from Europe in the evening.

The dates for this year are Tues 14 Dec to Thur 16 Dec. A program will be released soon.

Please consider this a call for presentations. If anyone has a topic they would like to present, please get in touch via

Registration is open. Please use the registration tab above.

And don’t forget, Connections UK is also on 14-15 Sep.

Conference Updates

Connections US is being held online next week (Jun 22). Registration details are on their website

Connections UK have also announced their dates 14-16 Sept. See their website for more details

For those that missed it, the videos from Connections North (Canada) are available via PaxSims

Finally, our own Connections Oz is being planned for December. The exact date is yet to be finalised. We are planning a virtual component and are hoping to also have a face to face element. Stand by for further details.

Connections Oz 2020 Video Recordings

Thanks again to everyone who presented and attended Connections Oz 2020.

I have begun uploading videos of the various presentations. Please have a look at the archive found here. We will keep adding videos as the presenters confirm they are happy to have them released.

For those who attended, please leave a comment below and stay tuned for information about 2021.

Also, don’t forget that Connections North (Canada) is on 19-21 Feb. Information is here

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Connections Oz Program 2020

The program for this year’s conference is being finalised now. It is a fairly full program with a lot of variety. Please have a look at our outline program. Further details will be added in the next few days.

The conference will be entirely online which gives us lots of opportunity to include speakers from all over the world. We are very pleased to confirm that Matt Caffrey, the originator of Connections, will be delivering a keynote.

Registration is mandatory, so please head over to the registration page.

Connections Oz 2020

Connections Oz will occur in 2020.

We have booked  space at the Australian Defence College (Canberra) for 7-9 December.

However, we are currently operating under physical distancing rules and it seems unlikely this will change. This will limit the number of attendees who can physically attend the conference. We are investigating options to include web based sessions.

This is potentially an opportunity to include a wider variety of attendees, including some from overseas. If you have any proposals for what to include, please get in touch.

In the meantime I would like to draw your attention to ‘Connections Global’ 10-14 August. This is an entirely online conference. See their website for program and registration details. This is a great opportunity to link up with our international colleagues.

Additionally, PaxSims and other groups have developed a set of principles to foster diversity and inclusion These principles are gaining widespread endorsement from wargaming and related groups. I encourage our readers to reflect on these principles and consider how they might enact them so that the Connections Oz community embodies them. We are planning a session at the conference to explore issues of inclusion and diversity and welcome your input. If you would like to comment on this, please use the ‘Diversity’ tab on the top menu bar.

2019 Dates

Hi all, apologies, but we have had a snag with our initial venue plans. The good news is that the Australian Defence College has agreed to host us this year, but the bad news is this requires a date change. The conference has been moved to Monday 9 December to Wednesday 11 December.

Sorry about any inconvenience, but we felt this was better than cancelling all together.

Please see the registration page for registration details or go straight to Eventbrite to register.

A rough program has been posted on the program page and details will be added over the next few days.

Please note that although the conference is unclassified, all non-defence attendees must sign in at the front gate and collect a visitor pass and they must be escorted while attending the conference. For this reason we ask you to register individually as we must provide a list of names to security.

The Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand are holding their conference, MODSIM , in Canberra the previous week, so we hope some people might decide to attend both. Please stay tuned for more details.

Papers from the 2018 Connections Oz conference have been archived here.

2018 Program

Great news. Professor Robert Burks from the US Naval Postgraduate School has agreed to deliver an opening keynote at this years conference. Rob is visiting to attend the national conference for the Australian Society of Operations Research and has been able to extend the visit to attend our conference again this year.

Please see the program page for emerging details of the other activities.

Connections Oz 2018

Hi all.

My apology for taking so long to announce a date for Connections Oz 2018. Moving the conference interstate proved far more difficult than I had imagined. After plan A and B both failed (and perhaps some other letters too) Mariana has come to the rescue and saved the day.

This year’s conference will be held 10-12 December in the Hatchery at the University of Technology Sydney. More details will follow soon.

Please consider this a call for papers and presentations and feel free to distribute the information amongst the relevant networks.

Click on “Registrations” on the menu at the top of the page to go to the eventbrite registration page. The conference is again free. Thanks very much to the generosity of UTS for allowing us to use their space.