Call for papers


We are seeking proposals for creative and innovative activities within the programme.

Proposals are especially welcome from education policy-makers, researchers and practitioners; non-government organisations, foundations, community organisations and networks; governments and semi-government bodies; international bodies with an interest in education; and business and industry groups including large and small enterprises.

While this congress will have a special focus on Asia and Australasia, proposals are welcome from all parts of the world and can consider access and equity in post-secondary education in countries outside these regions. Promoting international dialogue and the sharing of ideas, lessons and mutual understanding across regional boundaries are a priority of this congress.

Opportunities are available for the following kinds of activities. However, proposals for alternative activities will also be considered.

1. Workshops

Workshops will be 1 hour in length and must be interactive.  They can be based on theory, research, policy or practice.  Proposals must indicate a title for the workshop, a short description (up to 250 words) of the topic or theme, including objectives and anticipated outcomes, how the workshop will be conducted and who will conduct it.  They should also indicate AV requirements. Workshop proposals that appear to describe extended presentations rather than interactive sessions will not be considered.

2. Paper presentations

Paper presentations will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. They can be based on theory, research, policy or practice. Proposals must indicate a title and provide an abstract (up to 250 words) describing the content of the presentation.  Speakers are required to present creatively and proposals that do not provide evidence of meeting this requirement will not be considered. Proposals should indicate AV requirements.

3. Spotlight sessions

These are short sessions of 15 minutes (including 5 minutes discussion time) to demonstrate an idea or practice or to highlight and share a particular issue or problem and/or solution. Proposals must indicate a title and provide a brief (up to 100 words) description of the proposed session. They should indicate AV requirements.

4. GAPS Action Groups

A small number of 45 minute sessions will be available for the development of GAPS Action Groups. Proposals must indicate a title for the group, provide a short description (up to 100 words) of the topic or theme, indicate a rationale and potential objectives for the group. Preference will be given to proposals that can demonstrate support for the development of the group from a minimum of 6 individuals or 3 organisations/institutions.

5. Poster Exhibitions

We are seeking posters in two categories:

  • Building on Montreal 2013 – these posters will illustrate the development of an idea or practice, or understanding of an issue, since the previous congress was held in Montreal in October 2013. Proposers need not have attended Montreal 2013. These posters will be featured during the opening session and exhibited throughout the congress.
  • Our challenge and solution – these posters will illustrate a particular access and equity challenge and an idea for addressing it that may or may not have been implemented. These posters will be exhibited for the second and third day of the congress and successful proposers will be expected to stand by their posters to answer questions and take comments for at least one 30 minute period each day.

Posters must be a minimum of A3 in size and must be provided ready for mounting on exhibition boards.

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