10 May - Karstens Melbourne
3 August - UNSW Canberra

Dealing with complexity is a key challenge with system acquisition becoming highly interdependent with other capabilities (existing and emerging), rapid technological advancement, and greater emergence associated with end-user needs. To cater for complexity we need to ensure our project management approach caters for requirements emergence, technological uncertainty, and multiple stakeholder needs. The seminar begins with an overview of complexity, challenges associated with traditional approaches to dealing with complexity, and best practice approaches for dealing with complex projects.


12-14 July 2017

Many of the problems, failures and costs associated with today’s technology-dependent society can be traced to systemic issues regarding risk, reliability and resilience (R3). UNSW Australia and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are pleased to present the inaugural R3 Seminar, which brings together some of the world’s pre-eminent experts in these domains.

Presentations and tutorials will be delivered on topics that have relevance to governments and industries trying to understand risks such as those posed by potentially catastrophic events associated with climate change. ‘Resilience,’ the ability of a system to withstand or recover from events that may cause failure, will be specifically addressed.

The seminar will also address reliability, which is crucial for the management of risk in complex systems and must inform organizational cultural paradigms. 


26-27 September 2017

Force design process is a scalable and flexible process that translates strategic policy’s vision of the future force structure. It identifies capability gaps, risks, opportunities and issues, develops and tests the operating concepts, and identifies emerging threats and potential responses. The Conference is aimed at those who have expertise in experimentation, war-gaming and options development methodologies.

Head Force Design, Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group in partnership with the Capability Systems Centre present Force Design 2017.

9-10 November 2017

The University of New South Wales in Canberra (UNSW Canberra) and the Capability Systems Centre presents the second annual Counter Non-Traditional Threats Conference and Exhibition (Counter-NTT). 

Counter-NTT is targeted at those who have an interest in countering the non-traditional and improvised threats from chemicals, biological hazards, radiation, nuclear, toxic industrial chemicals and materials, explosives, pandemics and other hazardous materials. Counter-NTT is aimed at decision makers, operational staff and practitioners alike from Defence, government, academia, defence industry, other government agencies, emergency services and health organisations

28 September 2017

Systems thinking and modelling is an interdisciplinary field which cuts across many scientific fields (e.g. decision science, systems science, and computer science), and whose applications are widely used in several decision contexts (e.g. project management, healthcare). This conference will bring together researchers and practitioners working across the various research aspects and applications of systems thinking and modelling. The aim is to provide a forum for exchanging ideas about the recent advancements in the field, and transferable lessons for using a systems approach to address complex problems. The conference welcomes submissions covering various aspects related to the research and practice of systems thinking and modelling, including theoretical, methodological, and application issues.