THETA is a biennial conference that aims to advance higher education and research by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. THETA consistently features a line-up of visionary speakers and thought-provoking presentations that paint the big picture on emerging trends and the future landscape in the intelligent use of information technology in higher
education and research.

Beyond the important discussions and presentations at THETA, the conference is a significant opportunity for industry professionals to come together in person to connect, collaborate and network.

The conference attracts a comprehensive range of practitioners and senior decision makers from sectors such as Information Technology, Library and Teaching & Learning, Knowledge Management and eResearch in tertiary education.

THETA is curated under the direction of CAUDIT (Council of Australasian University Directors of Information Technology), CAUL (Council of Australian University Librarians) and ACODE (Australian Council on Open, Distance and E-Learning).

Important Topics and speakers

The conference provides a forum for exploring the most pertinent issues facing higher education information technology and educational leaders.

Our line-up of visionary speakers and thought-provoking presentations explore a range of important topics. Learn more about our speakers here.

  • Important Topics
  • Business transformation
  • Digital strategy
  • Research support
  • Digital integrations
  • Cloud computing
  • eResearch and eScholarship
  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Data management, governance, storage and archiving
  • Widening access and increasing participation
  • Learning analytics
  • Business intelligence
  • Open education
  • Sustainable learning environments
  • Driving IT value through strategic planning and governance
  • Identity and access management
  • Service management and creating a service culture
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Sustainability of funding and resources

Conference Style

Each year THETA is held in a different location. The Conference is carefully curated to provide meaningful experiences, knowledge sharing and useful takeaways for its participants. The conference attracts around 700 participants who engage in thoughtful discussions via the main conference presentations and through further breakout sessions.


The conference features a variety of extra-curricular events to give attendees the opportunity to connect and network with other industry professionals. This includes a Gala dinner, excursions to interesting local venues, cocktail receptions and more.