Expression of Interest for Co-Convenors of Conversations

Power, Praxis, and Playing with the Posts

Thank you for considering submission of an Expression of Interest to co-convene a Conversation at the third AAEE Research Symposium, Gold Coast, Queensland on Sunday, 21 October, 2018. 

Expressions of Interest submissions are now closed.

What are ‘Conversations’?

The Research Symposium encourages and facilitates scholarly conversations about research, research development, research uptake, and research challenges for those interested in the intersections between environment, sustainability, and education. In line with the values of the Symposium, conversations will be deliberate, exploratory, creative, collegial and critical, where co-convenors and participants are both enabled and expected to discuss multiple perspectives on a theme.

Effective conversations are those that demonstrate relevance, creativity and criticality, and design principles of participation, collegiality and challenge.   

A conversation is not an opportunity for a researcher or academic to ‘present’ about a specific research project or read from a paper. (We do encourage symposium attendees to submit an abstract to the full AAEE conference for these purposes.)  To encourage conversation, we are ‘Powerpoint and Prezi free’. 

Why ‘Co-Convenors’?

To remain true to the collegial and critical values underpinning this event, only dialogues which are co-convened by at least two people will be considered for the schedule. Please note that you may be invited to repeat or extend a dialogue, depending on the profile of other submissions.

The success of this Symposium relies on active engagement and participation from all attendees.   

Rather than traditional presentations, each conversation must be planned in ways that encourage dialogue and interaction with ideas and other participants.   

Example formats that support these goals include (but are not limited to) the following: fishbowl conversations, appreciative inquiry, futures scenarios, knowledge cafés, jigsawing, learning conversations and inquiry workshops. For more information on these and other formats, please consult: 

What are the symposium themes?

Conversations should address one of three themes: 

Power:   Research Impact and Power 

  • What does it mean to measure impact of research?
  • How do we know if our research makes a difference? 
  • What counts as ‘impactful research’ and who says?

Building capacity in research theory and practice  

  • What are we good at and what areas do we need to improve? 
  • How can we support transdisciplinary or interdisciplinary research?  
  • How can we support more research from indigenous/people of colour/women/young researchers? 
  • What does meaningful collaboration look like and how do we do more of it? 

Playing with the “Posts”

  • How does environmental education/sustainability research meaningfully employ the ‘posts’ (posthumanist/postcolonialist/poststructuralist/postfeminist etc.) theories and methods ?
  • What is the role of research in a post-truth world? 
  • What are the implications from the current geo-political climate and claims on truth for environmental and sustainability education research? 
What do I include in my Expression of Interest?

Please consider the principles and purposes of the Research Symposium, detailed below, before preparing a submission.  

Prospective participants can be involved in co-convening more than one conversation. However, only one submission will be accepted by the same first co-convenor or group of convenors. Please note that the organising committee or its delegates reserve the right to exclude any submission that violates the organising values of the event, or the principles of AAEE. 

EOIs will be reviewed by select members of the event’s organising committee, in relation to the likely contribution of the proposed conversation to the event’s purposes and values, as well as the conversation themes and qualities. 

An Expression of Interest must contain the following information: 

Title: [No more than 70 characters] 

Co-Convenors’ Names; and for each: Affiliation, Email address, Short Bio [75 words max each, include hyperlink to an institutional bio page where possible]: 

Format + time expected [named format that will be readily understood by others; and for example, 45, 60, 90, or 120 minutes]: 

Symposium theme: [which of the three themes this converation most directly relates to] 

Conversation Intention: [150 words – a short explanation of what your intended conversation is about, how this will be achieved, anticipated outcomes, and how it links to your chosen theme.] 

Conversation Format: [150 words – identify the key elements in your session plan, e.g. what do you plan to do, and have participants do? How will you ensure this format is engaging, participatory and inclusive? Are there any special requirements?] 

Number of participants: [State how many you would like, and/or what range is workable (min-max)? Please ensure the format supports the ideal number of participants.] 

Pre-reading material or preparatory task:  [Attendees can be asked to come prepared by having engaged with material or a task provided by the co-convenors. Please specify what this is, how it will be made available, and if there are any ethical or privacy issues likely associated with this.] 

How do I submit an Expression of Interest?

AAEE 2018 will be using a submission portal to accept and review submissions, as well as notify Authors.
Please read through the submission instructions listed below before preparing your abstract:

  1. Click here to access the submission portal
  2. Click the green ‘Create an Author Account’ on the bottom right hand side of the page. After completing your details you will be sent an email to verify your account for login. Please remember your account password in case you need to access it again to make any changes to your submission.
  3. Once logged in, click ‘Submit Research Symposium EOI’ to access the submission page.
  4. Enter your ‘Paper Title’
  5. Type your submission in the ‘Body’ section. You can enter your research paper or ‘non-paper’ in this section.
  6. Please note: There is a 250 word limit in the abstract body. The body section of your abstract should include body text or images only. The abstract title and author details will be entered elsewhere in the application.  
  7. If you are submitting a video, please upload the video to an online platform, and copy the link into the ‘body‘ section.
  8. List all authors in the correct order in the ‘Author(s)’ section, ensuring you indicate the presenting authors for the abstract. 
  9. Select your theme from the list provided.
  10. Hit ‘Preview and submit’. You will be able to preview your abstract in PDF and make any changes if required.
  11. While on the preview window, hit ‘Submit’ to confirm your submission.
  12. You will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your submission.

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The Review and Notification Process

A review of all proposals will be conducted by at least two professional environmental educators. Proposals will be judged according to how they contribute to professional knowledge and understanding around the three Symposium themes. You will be advised of the outcome by mid-June 2018.

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Key Dates

Registration open: Now open
Call for Volunteers: Open until 30 September
Call for contributions: Closed
Research Symposium EOIs: Closed
Early bird registrations: Closed

Conference Dates: 21-25 October  2018