Children’s rights and research 

Celebrating 30 years of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is pleased to announce the 2020 AJEC Research Symposium, Children’s rights and research, will be held on 13 and 14 February 2020 at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

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 2020 AJEC Research Symposium will include:

  • keynote presentations based on the theme of ‘Children’s right and research’
  • panel discussions providing themed provocations for researchers and interested stakeholders
  • roundtable-style discussions—sharing and debating research evidence, theoretical perspectives and methods
  • flash presentations showcasing innovative and thought-provoking theoretical or methodological perspectives.

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.

To participate in the symposium, you can apply to be a presenter by submitting an abstract for a roundtable discussion or a flash presentation; or simply come along to engage in discussions and broaden your networks. Details about submissions and the application process can be found below.

Dates & location

Date Location Venue 
13–14 February 2020 Sydney, New South Wales Macquarie University, North Ryde, Sydney

Balaclava Road, North Ryde

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.

Registrations open

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) members receive a discount. To sign up as a member of ECA click here.

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Click here to view a blog by AJEC Research Symposium presenter, Dr Tamara Cumming, talking about why she finds attending the symposium rewarding.

Terms and Conditions

Click here to view the AJEC Symposium terms and conditions.