2018 AJEC Research Symposium—now over two days!

Politics, power and agency in early childhood education

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is pleased to announce the 2018 AJEC  Research Symposium, located in Brisbane from 16–17 February 2018, in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Click here to view the program

Previously the symposium was held in conjunction with the ECA National Conference, however due to the popularity and the potential positive impact of this symposium, and its importance as one of the main platforms for early childhood practitioners, the AJEC Research Symposium is now running across two days as a new stand-alone event, ahead of the National Conference, which will be held in Sydney in September 2018.

On the day

When you arrive at QUT, please head to the registration desk in Building F, room F509 to collect your name badge, conference material and enjoy a tea or coffee before the symposium commences at 9.00 am.

The symposium will be held across three buildings in close proximity to each other, F, B and A.Click here to view a campus map, yellow circles indicate the buildings where presentation streams will be held. The Plenary room for Keynote Addresses, Panel discussion, and opening and closing proceedings is located in Building F (F509).

We invite early childhood practitioners, academics, policy makers and students to exchange ideas, innovative research methodologies and findings. The symposium will also discuss the latest research and pedagogical practice from the longest running and most highly regarded academic journal produced by ECA—the Australasian Journal of Early Childhood (AJEC).

The 2018 AJEC Research Symposium will include:

  • a keynote presentation surrounding the theme
  • panel discussions providing themed provocations for researchers and interested stakeholders to discuss
  • round table-style discussions, sharing and debating research evidence, theoretical perspectives and methods.

We welcome students, academics, researchers and practitioners at all levels from around the world to participate and come together to share cutting-edge knowledge and forge research networks in Australasia and beyond.

Click here to view a blog by AJEC Research Symposium presenter, Dr Tamara Cumming, talking about the benefits of research conferences as professional development opportunities.

Testimonials from the 2016 AJEC Symposium:

‘So much changes in early childhood practice—new understanding and research emerge all the time. If we want to call ourselves a skilled and informed group of professionals we must to connect with the research that underpins new and robust understanding of teaching and learning.  I have always found the AJEC Research Symposium to be a place where I can connect with the latest research and meet the researcher themselves in doing so re-shape and expand my thinking—can’t wait to be there.’   Catharine Hydon

‘I thoroughly enjoyed attending the 2016 AJEC Symposium in Darwin. As a beginning researcher, I found the symposium an inspiring experience for sharing and debating research evidence, theoretical perspectives and methods.  The round table-style discussions provided opportunities to probe deeper into the research in a warm and friendly environment.  I certainly look forward to attending more of these symposiums.’ Sharon McKinlay

‘As an early career academic, the AJEC research symposium enables me to connect with other researchers, students and practitioners from across Australia. It is very exciting to collaborate with and learn from leaders in the early childhood field. The symposium also presents opportunities for future research partnerships with like-minded colleagues.’ Dr Gai Lindsay

Dates & location

Date Location Venue  Register
16–17 February 2018 Brisbane, Queensland Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Register now! 

QUT Kelvin Grove Campus
Victoria Park Rd, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane QLD 4059


Would you like a symposium registration discount? Sign up for an ECA membership today!

Category Rate
Full time student* $275.00
ECA member $465.00
Non-member $585.00

Please note
Registration fees are inclusive of GST.
No session passes—full day registration only (two days).
* To receive the student discount you must be studying full time and present your student ID at the time of purchase.


Emeritus Professor Helen May  University of Otago

David Ansell CoLab

Professor Ann Farrell  Queensland University of Technology








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About AJEC

The Australasian Journal of Early Childhood (AJEC) is Australasia’s foremost scholarly journal and the world’s longest-running major journal within the early childhood field. Published quarterly, AJEC offers evidence-based articles that are designed to impart new information and encourage the critical exchange of ideas among early childhood practitioners, academics and students.

ECA provides AJEC to subscribers both in hardcopy and online. An online annex offering even more articles, is also available for subscribers. Click here for more information on AJEC.

About QUT

As a leading provider of pre-service teacher education and postgraduate studies—including specialisation in Early Childhood—QUT’s Faculty of Education is proud to host the 2018 Australian Journal of Early Childhood (AJEC) Research Symposium.

Early childhood is a period of rapid development and learning. The faculty’s School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education has strong links with the early childhood education and care community, award-winning teaching staff; and focuses on practical, real-world learning. This ensures that Early Childhood graduates are equipped with the skills to make a positive, significant and lasting contribution to a child’s education and lifelong learning.

The faculty’s research work in early childhood is also significant. The Childhoods in Changing Contexts Research Group focuses on early childhood education and care workforce; evaluation of early childhood programs, policies and initiatives; cultural and multilingual contexts and childhoods; and young children’s rights and citizenships.

Terms and Conditions

Click here to view the AJEC Symposium terms and conditions.