Engagement Australia: 12th International Conference of Engaged Scholars and Practitioners


The Australian higher education sector is at a time of great change. At the heart of this change lies a fundamental question around the purpose of post-secondary education for the nation. Divergent drivers and influences from within and beyond the sector are challenging thinking and changing agendas.

Within this context of change the one imperative that still remains, if we hope to stay competitive according to recent OECD rankings, is our need to better connect, better collaborate and better engage with the world around us.

Given these realities.......

  • How do we reconcile the economic imperative with the public good?
  • What is the role for research and education in this landscape?
  • What do these changing agendas mean for aspiring "engaged universities"?
  • Does the deregulated market support an enhanced engagement agenda?
  • What does the engagement agenda look like in these changing times?
  • How can an engagement focus support inclusivity?

The 2015 Engagement Australia International conference of engaged scholars and practitioners will explore these, and other broader strategic themes and their interplay with engaged training, learning, research and service practices.

Conference aims
  • Provide a forum for provocative and interactive discussions about the engagement agenda in Australia and internationally;
  • Provide an opportunity for educators, researchers, practitioners and community members to showcase their work;
  • Engage with individuals and organisations across all aspects of higher education to consider new thinking, theoretical models and good practice;
  • Create a space for continuous learning and professional development for engaged scholars and practitioners.
Who should participate?

We encourage attendance from a broad range of educators, researchers and practitioners, including:

  • Academics interested in the scholarly dimensions of engagement through specific teaching, research or service activities undertaken by universities;
  • Students interested in engagement with communities, whether as a research focus, an engaged experience or area of passion and interest;
  • Managers and leaders in universities and education providers focused on how to structure, strategise and development engagement within their institutions;
  • Practitioners working in community, government, business and industry organisations focused on enhancing connectivity with higher education for mutual benefit.
Is this just another conference?

Definitely not! The annual Engagement Australia conference brings together a diverse group of academics and practitioners from a range of organisations to converse, share, learn and inspire. It is the premier annual gathering of engaged scholars and practitioners in Australia that regularly attracts international attendance through our affiliation with the Talloires Network.

It is not a traditional academic conference. We do have concurrent streams for presenting research insights, but we also have workshops, roundtables and storytelling sessions that seek to create many ways in which delegates can have a voice and engage.

Conference details

Call for Papers

Presenter Guidelines


Past Conferences 


Event Date: 

Saturday, June 20, 2015 to Monday, June 22, 2015, 10 - 21