Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence
School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering

17th IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat Exchanger

7-11 September 2015, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

This conference is one of the largest international events which give unique opportunity for the participants to present the state-of-the-art technologies in both cooling tower and air-cooled heat exchangers. A number of successful international conferences under the same name have been organised; the last one was held in Minsk, Belarus in 2013 attracting 70 attendees from 16 countries.

The conference aims to bring together academics, researchers, cooling tower manufacturers, industrial experts, suppliers and power plant staff from all over the world in various disciplines to address the latest developments in cooling technologies, to exchange ideas, and to open chances for cooperation. Post-conference tours to UQ's 20m height natural draft cooling tower facility located in UQ Gatton campus and possibly a power plant, will be organised.



The 17th IAHR international conference on cooling tower and heat exchanger is being organised by Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence (QGECE) of the University of Queensland and will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from 7th–11th September 2015. Please note: it is necessary to register before requesting an invitation letter for visa purposes.  Once registration has been completed please email your request to  

Should any problems occur during the registration process or you require further information please email

Visa applications

Under Australia's universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).  

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the purpose for visiting Australia. Please refer to the Business Events Fact Sheet and the Visa Application Requirements Information Sheet for guidance on the visa options that may be most suitable for you.

For the best possible chance of obtaining a visa to travel to Australia to attend an event, you should:

  • Determine which visa you should apply for (ETAeVisitorVisitor subclass 600 visa).
  • Apply for your visa at least six (6) weeks before your intended date of travel to Australia (or two weeks if you are from an ETA or eVisitor eligible country) as visa processing times may vary.
  • Consider Australia's health and character requirements, which you will have to meet as part of the visa application process.
  • If you are not eligible to apply for an eVisitor visa or ETA, ensure you obtain a confirmation of your registration, or a letter of invitation, to attach to your Visitor Subclass 600 visa application.
  • Lodge paper-based visa applications at the Australian visa office nearest to your current country of residence.


Once registration has been completed and you have applied for a Visa, to assist timely processing of your visa by Australia's visa offices overseas, we are able to provide your relevant information to the International Event Coordinator Network (IECN) of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) in Australia. To enable this to happen as soon as possible please email providing your Country of Passport, Passport Number, Current Country of Residence, Date of Birth, Last Name as it appears in Passport, First and Second Names in Full, Gender, Registration Number, Applicant contact details (email address, telephone number), speaking/attending.

For accommodation at the Conference Venue please see Venue, Accommodation and Transport or click on 17th IAHR Crowne Plaza Accommodation bookings.


Call for Papers and Publication

Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts by 27thApril 2015 to Dr Zhiqiang Guan: Click here to see the conference topics. This is a peer-reviewed conference and we suggest the papers be submitted by the submission deadline.

The full paper will be published in the conference proceeding (e-version) and should be within a limit of 10 pages. A number of selected papers will additionally be published in Heat Transfer Engineering, Thermal Science and Engineering Process or Applied Thermal Engineering.

Notification of acceptance will be communicated to the successful author who will then be requested to prepare their ready-to-print paper according to the Template Full Paper.  On completion, the paper in an electronic form (MS Word and .pdf file) should be be submitted via email to or

Conference language

The conference language is English. This includes all published papers and the presentation during the conference.

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