Call for Papers

Submissions are welcome on any topic that addresses the conference theme:

Enhancement and Innovations in University-Community Engagement

or on other topics that are central to higher education and community engagement.

Submissions are particularly encouraged that link with one of the conference subthemes:

  • Innovative Approaches to Community Engagement

  • Opportunities and Challenges of University-Community Engagement

  • Higher Education Transformation and Sustainability through Community Engagement

  • Transforming communities through the Scholarship of Community Engagement


Abstracts with a maximum length of 250 words should be submitted online via the submission button below by 15th May 2015. Submissions should follow the format required in the online submission portal and should be set out according to the instructions provided. All abstracts will be blind reviewed independently by two reviewers. Notification of outcome will be sent by email to the contact author by 9th June 2015.

For questions relating to abstracts, contact:

Submissions should conform to one of the following presentation formats:

1. Individual Paper
Individual papers may cover a range of areas including but not limited to community engagement policy, recent initiatives in community engagement, case studies, and evaluations of community engagement programs. Papers will each be allocated 30 minutes in the conference program (20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions).

2. Symposium
A symposium takes the form of an integrated series of three papers around a clearly identified theme. The symposium chair should submit a 200 word (maximum) statement of the aims of the symposium that describes the relationship of the topic to the conference theme along with the abstract for each of the three presenters (maximum 250 words for each abstract). A symposium should be designed to run for 90 minutes in total, with 30 minutes allowed in the conference program for each of the three papers (20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions).

3. Poster
Posters are suitable for shorter communications, and for work-in-progress. The maximum size for a poster will be 841x594mm (A1 or 8 x A4).

Student presentations

The Conference Academic Committee is keen to attract students to present at the conference. Student submissions should have a student as the first author and be primarily written by the student as well as being presented by the student at the conference.

Publishing papers from the conference

Presenters who have their abstracts accepted for presentation at the conference will have the opportunity to submit a full paper for consideration for inclusion in a publication on higher education and community engagement. Further details will be sent to presenters whose abstracts are accepted for presentation.