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Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation.

Important Dates

  • Abstracts open: 17 February 2017
  • Abstracts close: 22 May 2017
  • Notification to authors: 05 June 2017
  • Author acceptances: 19 June 2017
  • Draft program available: 23 June 2017
  • Full papers for peer review: 31 July 2017
  • Early Bird registrations close: 31 July 2017

General presentations: Allocated in 20 minute time slots on the Conference program.

Abstract categories

  • Engagement and Innovation
  • Natural resource management including water management
  • Planning and Building with focus on small inland town, regional cities and coastal developments
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Tourism and Events
  • Renewable energy and energy supply
  • Economic development of major regional industries including agriculture and mining
  • Community Service Delivery with a focus on health, housing access, aged care and medical services
  • Employment – job creation, skilled migration and unemployment
  • Education and Training – regional universities and vocational training
  • Government – policy, funding and evaluation
  • Infrastructure and Transport stream – Road Freight, Rail, shipping and ports, regional airports/airlines
  • Digital – broadband technology, co-location of services
  • Banking / Finance

Abstract selection criteria

Abstracts will be assessed on their relevance to the Conference theme.

Conference theme and topics: will it offer something significant or unique to one or more of the Conference themes.

Current and relevant:

Analytical: the presentation will provide more than a description of a program or service; it will draw out insights, what was learned, recommend new policies and/or actions.

New knowledge: it will provide new ideas or develop further what we already know or have shared previously.

Format of abstracts

An abstract should summarise the important points of the proposed presentation and highlight the content to be communicated. It needs to be concise yet informative, and contain an outline of the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work undertaken.

  • Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be 30 minutes duration (20 minute presentations and 10 minute discussion). The abstract should outline the important points of the presentation and highlight the content to be communicated. It may outline the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work, research, project or case study. Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.

Papers not selected for oral presentation will be given the option of poster presentation.

Panel Presentations

Panel presentations bring together the views from a group of presenters into a discussion of innovative ideas, current topics, and relevant issues. The panel presentation is to comprise of two components:

  • Presentations from the members of the panel. Total of 60 minutes.
  • Question and answers between the delegates and panel members. Total of 30 minutes.

One combined submission with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 individual presenters must be submitted by one author on behalf of the group.

Each panel will consist of a chair and panelists. The chair is to be the main organiser of the session and main contact for the secretariat. The chair will coordinate the preparation, theme of presentations, be the timekeeper, and animate the Q&A session. Panelists will provide brief presentation on the theme of the panel.  Each panelist is expected to provide a different perspective on the topic of discussion.

The chair will be required to submit a title of the panel, names and affiliations of all participants, including the chair, and an abstract overview of 300 words.

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information. Posters may be on any topic relevant to the Conference themes.

Posters will be displayed in the venue foyer and for the duration of the Conference. It is expected that presenter should be available during meal breaks to discuss it with participants. Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Peer Review

Accepted oral presenters will have the opportunity to have their full paper peer reviewed and published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN.  Please indicate if you will be presenting an academically oriented, professional paper for consideration for publication in the Conference Proceedings for which you request peer refereeing on the submission form.

Terms and Conditions 

All presenting authors will be required to register and pay in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program. A discounted registration is available to all presenters. The deadline for presenting author registration is 24 July 2017.

By submitting an abstract you give consent to publication of the abstract in Conference material, including but not limited to, the Conference blog, Book of Abstracts, email promotion.

All outlines must be original work. The speaker is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract.

All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission form. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the conference secretariat for further information.

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