Call for EOIs


Researching in Dialogue – Country, Relationalities and Otherness



Thank you for considering submission of an expression of interest to co-convene a dialogue at the AAEE Research Symposium. The Symposium will be held on Wednesday, 27 September 2023, which is the third day of the AAEE Biennial Conference, hosted by the University of Wollongong, NSW from 25-27 September.

Key Dates

EOI Submissions Open Monday, 1 May 2023
EOI Submissions Close Friday, 16 June 2023
Notification of Acceptance Friday, 7 July
Program published Friday, 21 July 2023
Deadline for presenters to register / Early Bird Registration closes Friday, 28 July 2023

Dialogues at the Research Symposium

This symposium is designed to foster dialogue about research, research development, and research challenges. In line with this, and instead of individual research presentations, the body of the Research Symposium will be made up of co-created DIALOGIC WORKSHOPS. These dialogues will be marked by deliberate, exploratory, creative and critical conversations, where co-convenors and participants are both enabled and expected to discuss multiple perspectives on a theme.

To remain true to the values underpinning this event, only Dialogic Workshops which are co-convened by at least two people will be considered for the schedule.

What might a dialogue look like?

Effective dialogues will be those that demonstrate relevance, creativity and criticality, and be designed around the principles of participation, collegiality and challenge.

All dialogues should be interactive and ‘Powerpoint free’. A dialogue is not an opportunity for a researcher or academic to ‘present’ about a specific research project or read from a paper. We encourage symposium attendees to submit an abstract to the full AAEE conference for these purposes.

Rather than traditional presentations, each dialogue must be planned in ways that encourage conversation and interaction with ideas and other participants. They may be planned to include online participants as well.

Example formats that support these goals include (but are not limited to) the following: fishbowl conversations, appreciative inquiry, futures scenarios, knowledge cafe, jigsawing, inquiry workshops, etc.

The intention is for each dialogue to be 50-60 minutes long.


What might be the focus of a dialogue?

The theme of the Research Symposium is “Researching in Dialogue: Country, Relationalities, and Otherness”. By grounding ourselves in Country and the deep knowledges and understandings of First Nations people, we understand that everything – research, education, environment, sustainability, knowledge – starts and finishes in interconnected relationships. Now is the time to fully embrace these relationalities, in order to think beyond the planet-threatening challenges we are currently facing. Rethinking the binaries that support our current “western” world structures helps us to challenge otherness and move towards relationality.

Dialogues are invited to use the following focus questions when thinking through the theme of Country, Relationality, and Otherness:


  • What are the key questions in EE / SE research in these times?
  • How might they relate, evolve, shift?
  • What should we be researching in a rapidly warming world?


  • Whose voices are we hearing, and whose voices do we need to hear more of? How can we do this better?
  • Who are our audiences? How do we not just preach to the converted? How do we reach those who have disengaged?


  • Which dimensions of research utilisation and impact are priority considerations for developing: policy and political traction, ideas and theorising, and/or practice and praxis?
  • How are we researching? What methodologies are we using?
  • How could we be disseminating the fruits of our research better?
  • How is intersectionality expressed through our research and writing?


  • What informs our research? What are our passions?


Submission Process

Preparing an expression of interest

Please consider the principles and purposes of the event before preparing a submission.

Prospective participants can be involved in co-convening more than one dialogue. 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.

Reminder, the intention is for each dialogue to be 50-60 minutes long.

Download the EOI template to begin your submission.

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: [named format that will be readily understood by others]:
  • Symposium theme: [which of the three themes this dialogue most directly relates to: Country, Relationality, Otherness]
  • Dialogue intention: [150 words – a short explanation of what your intended dialogue is about, how this will be achieved, anticipated outcomes, and how it links to your chosen theme; please ensure this, and all material in the EOI, is readily understandable to both an expert and a lay audience.]
  • Dialogue 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? Where will it happen? Are there any special requirements? Is this workshop adaptable to an online environment?]
  • 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.] 

Once you have completed the EOI template:  

  • Ensure it is saved in PDF. format with filename “surname_initial”.doc (e.g. Smith_J.pdf)
  • Please note: If submitting more than one abstract add a number after your initial, 1 for your first abstract, 2 for the second abstract etc (e.g. Smith_J1.Doc, Smith_J2.doc)


Please upload the completed abstract template via our online form. There is no login required to submit your abstract online. You will be required to provide some of the information included in the EOI template again. 

If you make a mistake, please re-submit and add a comment in the notes section.

Presenters / Authors unable to submit online or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Lisa Siegel via email

On submission completion you will receive a confirmation email with your unique record ID and the file name of your submission. 

  • EOIs must contain original work that has no prior ownership or copyright restrictions.
  • EOIs that do not contain sufficient information will be rejected.
  • All EOIs must be prepared in accordance with the guidelines provided. Incomplete or incorrect submissions will be returned to the author and must be re-submitted in the correct format to be considered for inclusion in the program.
  • If the EOI is selected, consent is provided for content (presentation slides, video; audio recording and photos) to be used and published by AAEE 2023 including being provided to delegates of AAEE 2023
  • Submission of your EOI/s implies you have read, understood and complied with the Policies & Requirements as outlined on this website.
  • EOIs must be submitted by the presenting author who should complete all fields on the online submission form.
  • The person submitting the information must be one of the presenters.
  • The person submitting the EOI should be the nominated main contact of your abstract. All correspondence relating to the submission will be directed to this person, and they should in turn distribute to any other co-presenters.
  • If you are submitting more than one EOI a separate submission must be made for each one.
  • Presenting authors must register to attend the conference for a minimum of one full day of the conference on which they are presenting.

Review Process

  • The Research Symposium Committee will be responsible for evaluating abstracts.
  • The Committee may accept or reject abstracts and their decision is final.
  • Every effort will be made to accommodate the author(s) presentation preference however the Committee reserves the right to allocate the presentation to best suit the program and the overall balance of content.
  • All EOIs will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers for content, relevance, suitability and research/practice value before being accepted or declined. It is assumed the quality of the abstract is indicative of the quality of the final presentation.

Evaluation Criteria

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee according to the evaluation criteria below:

  • Aim of presentation (which is clearly articulated)
  • Focus, relevance & suitability for this conference
  • Scholarly contextualisation
  • Methods/Approaches clear and appropriate
  • Suitable discussion/reflection of research or practice clearly communicated

Notification to Authors

All successful presenters will be notified by Friday, 7 July with an acceptance letter via email (so please check your junk / spam mail folder after this date in case it is misdirected). Full instructions for accepted presenters will be forwarded on the acceptance of the abstract. 

Please note, the details provided via the submission form should be for the nominated main contact of your abstract. All correspondence relating to the submission will be directed to this person, and they should in turn distribute to all co-presenters.

All presenters must register for the Conference and pay the appropriate registration fee by 28 July, 2023. It will be assumed any presenter not registered by this date has withdrawn their abstract from the program.

EOIs will be reviewed by select members of the event’s organising committee, in relation to the likely contribution of the proposed dialogue to the event’s purposes and values, and dialogue themes and qualities. For further information or questions about an EOI or the research symposium, please contact Dr. Lisa Siegel via email