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 2022 attracted over 2000 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||
25 January 2023
|Review of all applications by ECA Conference Program Committee||30 January 2023 to 24 February 2023|
|Outcome notification to applicants||20 March 2023|
|Draft program published on conference website||10 April 2023|
|Prerecording of presentations||June 2023 to August 2023|
|Closing date for successful applicants to register||30 June 2023|
|Submission of the final PowerPoint presentation||8 September 2023|
The theme title reinforces that although we still hold on to and value old ways, theoretical perspectives and knowledge, there is and can be a contemporary approach to implementing this into new wisdom and becoming one.
Kumarninthi means ‘becoming one’ and comes from the South Australian Kaurna people. By using the Kaurna language in our conference theme we pay our respect to the Kaurna heritage and people of Adelaide and the Adelaide Plains.
Applicants to present should identify which of the five conference themes their paper contributes to most directly:
Australia’s First Nations people invite us to be still, to listen deeply, and to learn their ways—their connection to country, their language and knowledge.Learn More
At the Hobart 2019 Conference Rachel Robertson said that leadership is not a position or a role but rather seeing that something needs to be done and doing it.Learn More
How can we learn from the various lived experiences of children to ensure we facilitate a space that safeguards the rights for all to learn, develop and grow?Learn More
Applicants must submit an abstract of 300 words and will be asked to identify the target audience for their 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.
Applicants will also need to list the position and affiliation/organisation of each author, and provide a 50-word biography 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 required to create a prerecording 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.
Presenters will be asked to allocate time and pre-record their presentation between the months of June through to August 2023.
Presentations must be in PowerPoint format. The full and final electronic presentation will need to be submitted by Friday 8 September 2023 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 asked 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.
All presenters must register for the day on which they will be presenting at the conference. 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 Friday 30 June 2023, 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 2023 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 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 2023 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/g17—2023-adelaide-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 preloaded onto the conference app or USB.
Applicants must confirm that their paper is free of commercial interest and declare if they 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.
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 Wednesday 1 February 2023, via https://eca.eventsair.com/g17—2023-adelaide-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