Abstract submission is now closed

Individuals and organisations are invited to submit an abstract to deliver a:

  • 30 minute oral presentation
  • Visual poster presentation
  • 90-minute Panel presentation
  • 90-minute Masterclass

All presentations need to address one or more of the Conference topics.

The abstract should be no more than 300 words and outlines the aims, contents and conclusions of the presentation. Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the Conference theme. Authors will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their abstract.

Important Dates

  • Abstracts close – 29 April 2019
  • Notification to authors – 10 May 2019
  • Author acceptances – 17 May 2019
  • Draft program available – 21 May 2019
  • Presentation amendments – 21 June 2019
  • Presenter registration and payment – 21 June 2019
  • Full papers for peer review – 28 June 2019
  • Full paper for non-peer review – 2 August 2019
  • Early bird registrations close – 28 June 2019

Conference Topics

Future Change

  • Disruption – trends, transition & barriers
  • Demonstrations of establishing new behaviours for living capability within our resources
  • Exploring process and international frameworks for change
  • Innovative sustainable communities and precincts
  • Impacts of density and population growth
  • Politics and policy – equality, ethics and leadership in government

Happiness, Health and Wellbeing

  • Designing inclusive communities; access, diversity
  • Celebrations and meaningful living; music, culture, arts, parks, outdoor recreation
  • Connecting and empowering community for change
  • Regional and urban ecology, future proofing natural resources
  • Biodiversity and humans
  • Psychology of communities
  • Adaptation & mitigation of climate change
  • Accessibility to housing, health services and employment
  • Food system and economy; food production and distribution, regenerative farming
  • Water security; fresh water and sanitation

Strategies, Planning and Design for People

  • Building and connecting intergenerational communities
  • Active, shared and autonomous transportation
  • Neighbourhood connection; designing out loneliness
  • City design for safety, interaction and economic development
  • Feeding communities; urban agriculture, food security & food swaps
  • Sustainable funding, raising funds for community facilities
  • Engaging people in the creation of liveability
  • Public space; place, connection, multipurpose use and identity
  • Smart cities, the role of technology
  • Integrated land and water management and climate

An Evolution and Journey – Leadership Indicators for measuring the Transition

  • Community & individual targets, goals and indicators
  • Sustainable Development Goals, One Planet Living Principles and Goals
  • Ecological footprinting
  • Combating global inequalities & building ethical supply chains

Presentation Options

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be of 30 minutes duration (20-minute presentation and 10-minute discussion). The abstract should outline the important points of the presentation and highlight the content to be communicated. It may outline the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work, research, project or case study. Papers not selected for oral presentation might be given the option of a poster presentation.

Panel Presentations

Panel presentations bring together the views from a group of presenters into a discussion of innovative ideas, current topics, and relevant issues. The panel presentation is comprised of two components:

  • Presentations from the members of the panel. Total of 60 minutes.
  • Question and answers between the delegates and panel members. Total of 30 minutes.

One combined submission with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 individual presenters must be submitted by one author on behalf of the group.

Each panel will consist of a chair and at least 3 panellists. The chair is to be the main organiser of the session and main contact for the secretariat. The chair will coordinate the preparation, theme of presentations, be the timekeeper, and animate the Q&A session. Panellists will provide brief presentation on the theme of the panel. Each panellist is expected to provide a different perspective on the topic of discussion.

The chair will be required to submit a title of the panel, names and affiliations of all participants, including the chair, and an abstract overview of 300 words.


Masterclasses will require an interactive format to facilitate active learning, such as discussion, activities, small group role plays.

Masterclasses will be delivered for 90 minutes. The format should focus on offering participants an interactive information session. Presenters will be entirely responsible for the masterclass facilitation.

Submissions should include an outline of the masterclass objectives:

  • Background
  • Who should attend
  • Structure of masterclass
  • Intended outcomes

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information. Posters may be on any topic relevant to the conference themes. Posters will be displayed in the catering areas and for the duration of the Conference. It is expected that presenter should be available during meal breaks to discuss it with Conference participants. Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Poster presenters are entitled to the discounted speaker registration.

Book of Proceedings

Accepted oral and panel presenters will have the opportunity to have their full papers published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN under the Peer Reviewed or Non Peer Reviewed section. Please indicate on the submission form if you will be presenting an academically oriented, professional paper for consideration for publication in the Book of Proceedings. Please contact the Conference Secretariat for paper guidelines.

Peer Reviewed Papers

If you will be presenting an academically oriented, professional paper for consideration of publication in the proceedings for which you require peer refereeing, please forward your full paper by Friday 28 June 2019.

Non Peer Review Section

All presenters have the opportunity to have their full papers published in the Conference book of proceedings with an ISBN. Papers for the non-peer reviewed section will be accepted Friday 2 August 2019.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

All presenting authors will be required to register and pay in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program. A discounted registration is available to all presenters. The deadline for presenting author registration is Friday 21 June 2019.

By submitting an abstract you give consent to publication of the abstract in Conference materials, including but not limited to, the Conference Blog, Book of Abstracts, Association Journal and Social Media.

All abstracts must be original work. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract. All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission form. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the Conference Secretariat for further information.

Speakers accepted to present will be required to register for the conference and pay.