Travel Planning

Where is MISE 2020 being held?

The Swinburne University of Technology was established over 100 years ago with the aim to provide technical education to people who were denied from entering further education. Since that day, Swinburne has been dedicated to coming up with innovative ways of educating its students, providing strong links between education and industry engagement and encouraging social inclusion.

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

If you’re arriving by plane, the Skybus will take you form the Airport to Southern Cross Station, which is a central location in Melbourne’s CBD and provides easy access to all areas of Melbourne, either by train, tram or taxi. A ticket will cost you $17.50 (depending on drop-off point), which is about a third of the price of a taxi from the Airport to the CBD. Alternatively, there are always plenty of taxis available at the Melbourne Airport taxi ranks.

Is the conference close to other Melbourne attractions?

Hawthorn is an inner suburb of Melbourne, located just 7.5 kilometres from the CBD. It is well connected to public transport meaning travelling to and from Melbourne’s various attractions is a breeze.

What is Myki and how does it work?

Myki is Melbourne’s public transport smartcard used throughout Melbourne’s public transport system. Each station has a Myki machine where you can top up your Myki or purchase a Myki card. You can also top up your card at convenience stores like 7/11. There is a ‘touch on’ point at each train station as well as on buses and trams. Remember, machines don’t give change, so only put in what you want to spend. Myki machines accept EFTPOS and Credit Card payments.

What is the current exchange rate?

As of 26 February 2019, the exchange rate was:

  • $1AUD = 0.69USD
  • $1AUD = 0.60EUR
  • $1AUD = 0.52GBP
  • $1AUD = 0.91SGD
  • $1AUD = 75.75JPY
  • $1AUD = 4.43CNY


There are several places to exchange money at the Melbourne Airport. If you are staying in the CBD or nearby there are numerous options, including:

  • Travel Money Oz, 142 Elizabeth St, CBD
  • United Currency Exchange, 261-263 Swanston Street, Melbourne
  • Travelex, 48/188 Swanston Street, Melbourne
What sort of weather should I expect?

Melbourne weather is infamous for its unpredictability, but summers are generally warm and dry. A typical summer wardrobe will be fine.

Abstract Submission

How do I submit an abstract?

Please submit your conference abstract to Tanya Smith, Materials Australia Executive Officer on

Include a title, authors and main presenter, an abstract of no more than 250 words, and the proposed Symposium where you best fit. This extended opportunity is provided so that MISE 2020 best serves the professional community.

Are there abstract templates and guidelines?

Yes, you should download the Abstract Template and Guidelinesbefore submitting your abstract.

How long should my abstract be?

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.

How should the abstract be formatted?

Please use A4 (210 mm x 297 mm) paper size. The abstract should be less than 250 words, with page margins of 25 mm all around. Use font type Arial, with single spaced lines. Title of the paper (14 points, bolded) is followed by one blank line. The presenting author’s name should be underlined. Author’s affiliations (12 points, italic, centered) and email address of the contact person are written in separate rows. Abstract text (12 points) in paragraphs. The abstract may include one figure with the figure caption (12 points, italic, centered) underneath the figure. The abstract including figure should fit on a single page.

What are the abstract topics?

Technical topics for this year's meeting can be found here.

Do I have to be a Materials Australia member to submit an abstract?

No, you do not need to be a TMS member.

The Conference

What is the theme of MISE 2020?

The conference will cover a variety of themes across a range of areas of surface engineering. The themes will be dedicated to exploring the latest advances in the area and the ways in which these advances can be used to navigate the challenges that the industry will face.

When will speakers be announced?

Speakers will be announced as soon as possible, so be sure to keep an eye out for further details.

Who is MISE 2020?

MISE is the The conference is facilitated by Materials Australia, the peak Australian materials technology body. Materials Australia is dedicated to advancing the surface engineering sector through their work in the materials science engineering and technology sectors.

Further Information

For further information about MISE 2020, contact Tanya Smith on: or +61 3 9326 7266.