Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2018

Application to Present

 

Applications to present are now OPEN!

The 2018 Early Childhood Australia National Conference is expected to attract more than 2000 practitioners, academics, professionals and policy-makers in the field of early years education and care. Applications to present at this conference are now open under the four conference themes: Leadership and ethics; Rights and respect; Contemporary practice in teaching and learning or Risk and resilience. Presentations can be either a stand-alone Oral Presentation or a Poster Presentation.

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 bio & author details).  

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Key dates

Item Date
Submission of application to present 7 December 2017
Review by program committee and authors notified of acceptance 22 January–15 February 2017
Speaker registration deadline 10 July 2018
Submission of the final version of speaker’s PowerPoint/electronic presentation/s and or final paper 15 August 2018

Essential information 

Applicants to present should identify which of the four conference themes their paper contributes to most directly:

Leadership and ethics

Everyone can be a leader—leadership can encompass leading yourself, leading others and leading ideas.

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Rights and respect

Realising the right of every young child to thrive and to learn is at the heart of ECA’s purpose—it is why we exist.

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Contemporary practice in teaching and learning

Together we will explore the current and emerging trends in early childhood teaching and learning.

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Risk and resilience

Early childhood is when the foundations for lifelong learning and wellbeing are established.

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Session types

  1. Oral presentation
    Individual paper presentation of 45 minutes (including discussion). There will be a 10-minute room change opportunity.
  2. Poster
    A designated 15 minute time slot will be determined during the conference for authors to present their posters. A template to assist with your preparation of the poster design is available here or click the template button below. Criteria for the poster is:
    • The maximum size for posters is 1.2 metres (h) x 1.0 metres (w).
    • The title and author names should be clearly indicated at the top of the poster. Large letters are to be used for the title (equivalent to 80-point font or larger).
    • All text on the poster is to be legible from a distance of one metre. It is suggested that headings be in a minimum of 30-point font and that the body text be in a minimum of 24-point font.
    • Material arranged in columns is easier to read.
    • Presenters are encouraged to include visual aids (for example, images, flow charts, graphic representations of data) in their posters.
    • Posters should be printed on poster paper or assembled on light cardboard.
    • We suggest that presenters bring a minimum of 20 copies of a one-page handout based on their poster.

3. Use of a digital augmented reality app 
Presenters wishing to display a poster using a digital augmented reality app (such as Aurasma), in addition to meeting the above criteria, are required to include a handout or sign providing instructions for conference attendees on how to use their smartphones or devices to interact with the poster.

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Presenter registration

A condition of being able to present is that all presenters must register for the day on which they are presenting at the conference. If presenters wish to stay for the whole conference, payment needs to be made for the full three days. All presenters will receive the Early Childhood Australia (ECA) member discount rate for full conference registration.

Abstracts will be withdrawn from the conference program if registration and payment are not received by 10 July 2018.

 

Publication of papers

All presentations and abstracts will be published on the conference app and website during the conference. Presentations will be converted to PDF format as they are received. Presentations will not be edited.

Some presentations and papers may also be separately published by ECA in the Australasian Journal of Early Childhood (AJEC) or Every Child magazine. These will be independently decided by the ECA Publications Committee.

The ECA Publications team will approach presenters independently regarding potential publication in Every Child magazine. 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.

 

Proposed audiovisual requirements

PowerPoint facilities (data projectors, computers and screens) along with internet access will be available for presenters. The conference will be networked, which means that your presentation will be available in the workshop room from a central location.

You will need to provide us with your full and final electronic presentation by 15 August 2018 to ensure that your presentation is compatible with the system that will be used and loaded onto the Conference USB.

Review process

All applications to present will be reviewed by a panel including members of the Conference Program Committee. Members of the Conference Program Committee will review applications according to the following procedure:

  • applications will be reviewed with identities of the applicants known
  • applications will be assessed to ensure the quality and relevance of the presentations
  • applications will be assessed in accordance with ECA selection criteria.

Wherever possible, feedback will be given to unsuccessful applicants, depending on the number of applications received.

Selection criteria

The selection criteria are outlined below. 

Applications will focus on: 

  • relevance to the conference themes 
  • examples of best practice 
  • action research or extension of existing thinking. 

Free of commercial interest 

Any paper that is selling or promoting a particular product or commercial service will not be accepted.

Research papers should include: 

  • the aims of the project or research questions and/or focus of inquiry where applicable
  • research methods and/or analytical and/or theoretical framework in brief
  • a strong emphasis on research findings and/or translation to practice and contribution to the field.

If you are selected to present, you agree to the following Terms and Conditions:

  • ECA may record your presentation (audio or visual) and this may be used, for example, as a downloadable file on the ECA website.
  • Acknowledgement of the Indigenous people in the area and the country on which the conference is held at the start of your presentation/workshop. These words will be provided for you at the conference.
  • Availability for some media comment about the conference.
  • Presenters must be available to speak at any time during the conference.
  • Presenters may be asked to repeat their session if it proves to be popular and if delegates miss out.
  • You grant ECA the right to publish your paper on the conference website, and/or publish in various ECA publications.
  • A condition of being able to present is that all presenters must register for the day on which they are presenting at the conference. If presenters wish to stay for the whole conference, payment needs to be made for the full three days. All presenters will receive the ECA member discount rate for full conference registration.
  • Abstracts will be withdrawn from the conference program if registration and payment are not received by 10 July 2018.

How to submit your abstract

In keeping with our drive to improve environmental sustainability, all abstracts must be submitted online.

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Instructions for completion of application:

• Applications must be submitted online no later than 7 December 2017.
• Abstracts must be no more than 300 words.
• Biographies must be no more than 50 words.
• Authors must supply a photo (limit file size to a maximum of 1MB).
• All abstracts and biographies received will undergo editing before being printed in the conference   program.
• Applications must address the selection criteria.
• Presenters may submit multiple papers, however only one paper can be accepted to present at the conference.

Applications received in any other way, including hard copy, will not be accepted.