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The 45th annual condensed matter and materials meeting

Wagga 2023 was run from 7-10th February 2023 at the Charles Sturt University campus in Wagga Wagga.  This meeting was dubbed the Wagga of Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability.

The 2023 Wagga-Trivia night winners!

The 45th Annual Condensed Matter and Materials Meeting will now be held from Tuesday 7th – Friday 10th, February 2023 at its familiar Wagga Wagga, Charles Sturt University site (“Wagga” 2023).  This follows on from the successful 2020 Wagga conference held in Rotorua in New Zealand.

The Annual Condensed Matter and Materials Conference, colloquially known as “Wagga”, has been held almost annually as a residential conference at the Charles Sturt University Conference Centre, Wagga Wagga, NSW, during the first week in *February, since 1977.  However, due to the global pandemic known as COVID-19 the 45th Wagga conference was cancelled in both 2021 and 2022 in order to keep our community safe. The Organising Committee is excited to announce that the 45th Annual Condensed Matter and Materials Meeting will now be held from Tuesday 7th – Friday 10th, February 2023.  We look forward to welcoming you back to Wagga for the traditional, in-person, Condensed Matter and Materials Conference.  We are committed to providing a safe, in-person conference where we can catch up and hear about recent advances in condensed matter research from around Australia and New Zealand.

*Note: The second week of February has now been chosen for 2023 so as not to coincide with the first week back at school for Australian students.  We have been contacted by a number of parents who have indicated that the first week of school each year is a difficult time to attend a conference.  The organisers hope that this shift in date will allow more parents to consider attending.

We are pleased to announce that due to the generous sponsorship from the ARC Centre of Excellence, FLEET, child care bursaries are now available to assist attendees with carer responsibilities to pay for additional child care.  This may be in the form of bringing an additional family member to Wagga to help care for the child/children, or additional before and after school care during the conference at their home organisation.  Up to four bursaries will be awarded up to $300 based on a detailed application indicating personal requirements and receipts submitted to

Wagga2023 attendees must be fully vaccinated or have a legal medical certificate exempting vaccination.

Conference Organisers:

The organising committee may be collectively contacted via

The organising committee for the 45th Annual CMM meeting includes Co-Chairs:

Kirrily Rule, ANSTOTrevor Finlayson, University of Melbourne


Chris Ling, University of Sydney

Danica Solina, UTS

Michael Cortie, UTS

Tenille Ibbotson, Monash University/FLEET

Key dates

Abstract Submission and Registration Opens

5th August 2022

Second Notice

5th September 2022

Abstract Submission Closes

 24th October 2022

Notification of Oral/Poster Presentations


14th November 2022

Registration until

1st December 2022

Unfortunately, no refund can be given for cancellations made within 7 days of the conference starting date as venue numbers must be committed and finalised with CSU by this date.

Acknowledgement of Country

The conference organisers acknowledges the Wiradjuri people who are the traditional custodians of the land of Wagga Wagga. We pay our respect to the Elders past and present of the Wiradjuri Nation and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people visiting the site.


Our aim is to facilitate an inclusive Meeting that encourages the free exchange of ideas and welcomes all voices in a respectful atmosphere. We invite participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, religions, nationalities, ages, sexual orientations and abilities.

As organisers, we are working to try to provide a balanced and diverse program. You can help us build a better, more inclusive summer meeting by forwarding our Call for Abstracts throughout your network, and by sending along your suggestions for presenters and participants that might help to diversify the Meeting.

For the 45th Annual Condensed Matter and Materials Meeting 2023, we will set clearly articulated goals for diversity, which will be shared on this page.

Official Diversity and Equity Statement

The Wagga Meeting Organisers are committed to providing a meeting that aims to uphold the principles of equity and diversity. We acknowledge that inequality exists in the scientific community, in the application of science, and throughout the world. We are committed to providing equal opportunities, and a safe and respectful event free from discrimination. We expect our attendees to treat everyone in a respectful and inclusive manner, and to remove barriers of disadvantage.

Equity and diversity issues are wide ranging and include but are not limited to ethnicity, race, religion, colour, age, relationship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, carer responsibilities, socio-economic status, mental and physical health or disability, and nationality. 

In order to address these principles, the organisers aim to:

  • Provide diversity in speakers where possible
  • Ensure equitable treatment for all attendees
  • Ensure that our attendees feel included in all events offered at the meeting.
  • Take positive actions to address inequity and exclusion
  • Lead by example

To achieve these aims the organisers will:

  • Provide a public policy addressing equity and diversity (this statement).
  • Provide a Code of Conduct.
  • Provide data of the representation of women (and other underrepresented groups where voluntarily provided) and provide this data after the meeting to both the AIP and publicly on the meeting website.
  • Acknowledge traditional ownership including reaching out to local Indigenous communities to open major events with Welcome to Country.
  • Session Chairs will be instructed to consider speaker selection with this policy in mind.
  • Session Chairs will be instructed to ensure that discussions and questions are conducted respectfully and that there is an equitable opportunity to contribute to the discussion.
  • Support carers to participate more fully in workshops, conferences and professional development.
  • Respect diversity when scheduling event times/days and organising social activities.
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