National Centre for Synchrotron Science

Event space hire

Located in the heart of the south-east Melbourne innovation precinct of Clayton, and adjacent to Monash University, the National Centre for Synchrotron Science (NCSS) offers a truly unique event space for your corporate event.

Designed by award-winning architects Bates Smart, this contemporary building was designed to reflect the light-based research activities at the adjacent Australian Synchrotron.

We offer a 333-seat lecture theatre, a seminar room, and a flexible catering and exhibition space; all air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.

NCSS spaces available for event hire:

  • Oliphant Auditorium & Exhibition Space
  • Seminar Room

Types of events suitable for hosting at the NCSS:

  •  Conferences
  • Industry speaker events
  • Exhibitions
  • Presentations
  • Workshops
  • Events which contribute to the advancement of scientific, medical or industrial research, education, or the development of innovation and technology

Oliphant Auditorium

Auditorium Capacity: 333 (tiered seats).

The Oliphant Auditorium is perfectly suited to lecture-style presentations, conferences, and industry speaker events. It is equipped with a lecturn, microphones and integrated audio-visual capabilities.

Exhibition Space

Exhibition Space seating capacity: buffet/banquet 100, cabaret 80, cocktail 400.

This function space comes complementary with any booking of the Oliphant Auditorium, and is perfectly suited for refreshments and canapes during your event. This space can also be used for post-event networking and exhibitions such as poster sessions.

On display are contemporary artworks exploring the relationship between science, art and light by resident artist Chris Henschke, and the Illuminations portrait series by Andrew Baird.

A total exhibition space of 715 square metres is offered, arranged over four interconnected galleries.

Seminar Room

Capacity: Optimum 40 (max 48).

The Seminar Room, a versatile space, can be set up to accommodate a vast array of events; from boardroom meetings to classroom-style presentations, workshops, training sessions, and video conferences. It is equipped with audio-visual and video conferencing capabilities, flipchart easel and electric whiteboard for your convenience.  

Venue hire charges


Rate  (ex. GST)

Oliphant Auditorium & Exhibition Space

$1500 per day / $800 half day or evening

Seminar Room

$400 per day / $250 per half day or evening


Guesthouse accommodation

Guesthouse accommodation is available for guests attending events occurring over multiple days at Australian Synchrotron, particularly those attending from interstate or overseas.

Capacity: 50 double occupancy rooms, plus five separate two-bedroom apartments

Communal lounge and kitchen areas.

Situated in a leafy corner of the Australian Synchrotron grounds, our guesthouse offers convenient, modern onsite accommodation. Rates and availability are provided on request.

Click here for further Guesthouse details.

Event catering 

Peter Rowland is the exclusive caterer of the NCSS.

Casual dining is available at The Kitchen Synch Café, with 50 seats indoor and 30 seats in a shaded alfresco area.

Please contact Peter Rowland directly for your catering needs: P 03 9825 0000 E


To discuss your event requirements and availability, please call the Australian Synchrotron Communications team on +61 3 8540 4122 or email

The Australian Synchrotron is pleased to make the NCSS available for your use. Please note that we are not equipped as a full-service event management facility and as such, clients are required to self-manage their event, including all bump-in and bump-out processes, and event-day needs such as welcome and registration. Event hire includes set-up of hired items such as trestle tables and audio-visual equipment. A full catering service is offered by Peter Rowland.