A high-calibre group of speakers has been confirmed for this year’s Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) conference, the 6th Submarine Science, Technology and Engineering Conference (SubSTEC6).

The conference, which has a theme “Home grown undersea technology: how can Australian academia and industry provide a capability edge?”, will take place in Adelaide from 8-10 November. It will also be streamed live online for delegates who are unable to attend in person. 

The list of speakers at the conference includes:

  • Hon Melissa Price MP, Minister for Defence Industry;
  • Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, Shadow Minister for Defence;
  • Commodore Tom Phillips RAN, Director General Submarines, Royal Australian Navy;
  • Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM, Australia’s Chief Scientist;
  • Mr John Chandler AM CSC CSM, Program Director, Lockheed Martin Australia; and
  • Dr David Kershaw, Chief Science Engagement and Impact Division, Defence Science and Technology Group, Department of Defence.

“Despite the many challenges because of the coronavirus pandemic, the line-up of speakers for the 2021 SIA conference is as strong as ever,” said SIA Executive Director David Nicholls.

“Both the Government – through Minister Price – and the Opposition – through Shadow Minister O’Connor – are set to provide more perspectives on Australia’s decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines.

“Commodore Phillips will provide his second annual ‘state-of-the union’ update about Australia’s submarine program and Chief Scientist Foley will speak about technology innovation and transition in Australia.”

The conference is Indo-Pacific’s leading forum on submarines.

To view the full conference program, to register to attend in-person in Adelaide or to access the live stream, visit the SIA website (

Defence West is the gold sponsor and Australian Defence Magazine is the official Media Partner of SubSTEC6.

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