From 20 May 2021, the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Australasia will be accepting presentation abstract submissions for the 2021 IAP2 Australasia Conference to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) from 26 – 28 October 2021.
This conference has a reputation as the preeminent Community and Stakeholder Engagement event in Australasia for engagement and communications professionals. This year the theme of the conference will be Changing Landscapes and will explore themes of how community and stakeholder engagement is evolving in response to emerging issues, changes and challenges presented by natural disasters, the pandemic, engaging with disadvantaged communities, diversity, equity and inclusion, climate change, globalisation and more.
We aim to present a conference that is interactive, experiential and fun, while addressing the issues that matter in modern engagement practice. The IAP2 Australasia Conference will bring together engagement practitioners, community development practitioners, communications and marketing professionals and academics to explore the practice of engagement.
The conference will build on IAP2’s reputation for offering a dynamic, interactive and targeted program that supports professional development and enhances the practice of project communications, community and stakeholder engagement.
The IAP2 Australasia Conference will be attended by delegates working across a diversity of industries and sectors in Australia and New Zealand countries.
Presentation abstract submission is open to all professionals and academics working in community and stakeholder engagement, community members who have participated in engagement and those who are exploring engagement as part of our rapidly changing design, planning, service delivery and policy making environments.
Submissions are especially welcome from community groups and community organisations who can share what works for them, what doesn’t, and why their perspective is both different and important. Submissions from all sectors are welcome.
Both new and emerging, and experienced engagement professionals are welcome to submit an abstract. We want to foster an environment of learning, challenge, disruption and creativity. Please help us to keep up with the changing landscape by shaking us up, down and side-ways to help us stay on top of our game!
The presentation abstract submissions will be reviewed, and selections made by the Conference Abstract Selection Committee which consists of members of the Conference Committee across a range of industries and with broad experience.
Please contact the IAP2 Conference Managers on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding abstract submission.
To assist in developing your submission, please consider the following feedback from previous conference participants who indicated they want:
We are deliberately being open on the timing of sessions and are looking for a mix, so if you want to highlight a fabulous technique that will only take 20 minutes, bring it on – and sessions over 2 hours would need to be extraordinary in order to be accepted. Due to logistical requirements, we may need to adjust the timing of your session, but will keep you well informed of this during the program development process.
We want you to think about what would be a kick-ass conference experience for you – and then design your session around that. We want this to be the best conference ever, come up with an idea and challenge us. Come on – knock us out!!