The Early Childhood Australia National Conference provides a platform for professional discourse relevant to the rights, wellbeing and early education of young children (birth to eight years). It is attended by early childhood educators, teachers, service leaders and executives, as well as policy-makers, program administrators, academics, researchers and those involved in pre-qualification training and ongoing professional development. The conference is live streamed and in 2021 attracted over 2500 national and international participants.
To have the opportunity to join these esteemed sector colleagues and present your chosen topic, simply submit your abstract online (which must be no more than 300 words and be accompanied with a 50 word biography for each presenting author & author affiliations).
|Submission and post-selection schedule||Deadline|
|Closing date for submission of your application to present||
13 December 2021
Extended to Friday 28 January 2022 (5pm AEDT)
|Review of all applications by ECA Conference Program Committee||20 December 2021 to 1 February 2022|
|Outcome notification to applicants||28 February 2022|
|Draft program published on conference website||28 March 2022|
|Pre-recording of presentations||2 May to 1 July 2022|
|Closing date for successful applicants to register||30 June 2022|
|Submission of the final PowerPoint presentation||5 September 2022|
As we gather in Canberra, the seat of government, it is timely to reflect on how far we, as early childhood professionals, have come—from the visionary and passionate women of the 1920s to the competent and qualified educators of the 2020s—and where we hope to go next. Now is the time to design and plan our future. Let’s consider how we can move beyond just being viewed as ‘essential workers’ and position ourselves as thought leaders and powerbrokers.
In keeping with the broader theme of reflecting on the past to design the future of the profession, the insights and knowledge shared by keynote speakers from past ECA conferences will serve as inspiration for the 2022 presentations.
Applicants to present should identify which of the six conference themes their paper contributes to most directly:
Applicants are asked to submit a 300 word abstract and will be asked to identify the target audience for your presentation—i.e. who is most likely to benefit. For example, presentations might target one or more groups or individuals, including but not limited to:
The application process will ask about the experience of the presenter(s) and whether the content has been presented elsewhere. This information will help ECA balance the program with a mix of new and known material. It will also help us to meet our aim of delivering consistent, high-quality presentations and give new or inexperienced presenters an opportunity to gain experience.
You will also need to list the position and affiliation of each author, and provide biographies for each presenting author.
There are two presentation categories for the conference. In your application, please specify which presentation format you are applying under.
Oral presentations are allocated 45 minutes, including time for attendees to ask questions or engage in a discussion with the presenter(s). ECA encourages presenters to deliver their presentation in an interactive way. There will be a 10-minute room change opportunity between sessions. Presenters may be asked to present twice during the conference if their session proves to be very popular.
Please note: For all presentations, the room configuration will be in a theatre style setting. Please ensure your submission reflects the room setting, as changes to the configuration and setup of the room are not possible throughout the conference.
All successful presenters will be requested to create a pre-recording of their presentation to be used on the virtual platform. The recording will be made available to delegates for up to 60 days post conference. Recorded presentations remain the property of ECA for the purposes of the ECA National Conference only.
Presentations must be in PowerPoint format. The full and final electronic presentation will need to be submitted by Monday 5 September 2022, to ensure compatibility with the system available at the venue.
At the venue, presenters will have access to facilities such as data projectors, computers, screens and the internet. The conference will be networked, which means that presentations will be loaded from the Speaker Preparation Centre.
All poster presentations must follow a standard format and adhere to the following dimension and layout criteria:
A designated 15-minute time slot will be determined during the conference for successful applicants to present their posters.
If successful, poster presenters will be requested to record a short video presentation to talk about their poster for viewing via the conference virtual platform. The recording will be made available to delegates for up to 60 days after the conference.
Recorded presentations remain the property of ECA, for the purposes of the ECA National Conference only.
A condition for being able to present is that all presenters must register for the day on which they will be presenting at the conference. All presenters will receive the ECA member rate for full conference registration. A maximum of three (3) presenters per paper will be allowed to register and participate at the member rate. If registration confirmation and payment are not received by Thursday 30 June 2022, abstracts will be withdrawn from the conference program.
Applications must focus on:
Applicants must ensure that their papers:
All selected abstracts will be published on the 2022 ECA Conference App. Presentations will be published on the website alone, after the conference has concluded. Presentations will not be edited and will be converted directly to PDF files from their submitted format.
Some presentations and papers may also be selected by the ECA Publications Advisory Committee for inclusion in other ECA publications. The ECA Publications team will approach presenters independently regarding potential publication. This may involve presenters summarising their paper or presentation for a magazine format. Further instructions will be provided by the ECA Publications team, as required.
All applications to present will be reviewed by a panel that includes members of the ECA Conference Program Committee. Members of the ECA Conference Program Committee will:
Wherever possible, feedback will be given to unsuccessful applicants, depending on the number of applications received.
The 2022 ECA National Conference will be live streamed to delegates who purchase a Virtual Delegate Pass. Selected papers will be asked to participate in the live stream. Presenters will be filmed and their presentation will be shown to the audience.
Following the conference, presentations will be made available for viewing in the library of presentations for a period of 60 days after the conference.
In keeping with ECA’s sustainability drive, all abstracts must be submitted online using the following link: https://eca.eventsair.com/g18—canberra-national-conference/applications
ECA seeks to minimise any negative environmental impact from the conference. We, therefore, encourage successful presenters to avoid the use of single-use plastics or unnecessary printed material—any handouts can be pre-loaded onto the conference website, app or USB.
You must confirm that your paper is free of commercial interest and declare if you are a commercial enterprise. Any paper that is selling or promoting a particular product or commercial service will not be accepted.
Successful candidates must agree to the following terms and conditions:
Applications to present are now OPEN.
In keeping with ECA’s drive to improve environmental sustainability, all abstracts must be submitted online.
Instructions for completion of application
Step 1: Read all instructions carefully.
Step 2: Write an abstract—no more than 300 words—related to your preferred sub-theme.
Step 3: Ensure that your abstract addresses the selection criteria.
Step 4: Submit your abstract online before 5 pm AEDT on 28 January 2022, via https://eca.eventsair.com/g18—canberra-national-conference/applications
Step 5: Ensure presenter biographies are no more than 50 words in total.
Step 6: Supply at least one presenter photograph with the application (limit file size to a maximum of 1MB).
|Before you submit online, please ensure that you have read and understood this information.
If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Office for more information:
T: 02 6242 1800