Meet the 2018 AJEC Research Symposium speakers! 

Emeritus Professor Helen May

Emeritus Professor Helen May (international keynote)
Helen May’s career in early education began as an infant teacher and later as a childcare worker. She now is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Otago, Dunedin (New Zealand) and now lives in Wellington.  Her research interests are in early childhood policy, history and curriculum.

She has been involved in advocacy work and advisory roles regarding a range of policy initiatives in both New Zealand and international settings. She is also the author of books and publications on the history and politics of early childhood education.



Professor Ann Farrell

Professor Ann Farrell
Professor Farrell is Head of the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Earning a PhD from The University of Queensland in 1996, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Gothenburg University (Sweden) in 2012. She has authored more than 100 scholarly works, in the areas of early childhood education and care, children’s rights to participation and protection, research ethics and international policy analysis.

She is Ministerial Nominee on the Board of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority and a member of Early Childhood Australia’s Publications Committee. She serves as an Australia Research Council International Assessor and as an External Assessor for the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and South Africa’s National Research Foundation, Reviews and Evaluation Directorate. She also serves as an Expert Panelist with Australia’s Tertiary Education Quality Standards Authority.