Application to present at the 2022 AJEC Research Symposium is CLOSED

10–11 February—a virtual event to bring together early childhood practitioners, researchers, leaders and academics.

Application details

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 research-based articles that are designed to impart new information and encourage the critical exchange of ideas among early childhood practitioners, academics and students.

The theme of the symposium is Embracing challenge: Research in early childhood. It will convene virtually on 10–11 February, 2022.

This virtual research symposium will explore the notion of embracing challenge in early childhood research within the following streams:

  • Multiple pedagogies for play and learning
  • The future of the early childhood workforce
  • Exploring change: Children, families and professionals
  • Theory, methodology and research innovation.

The aim of the research symposium is to provide a platform for the participants to explore current perspectives, agendas and research from the early childhood sector. We ask presenters to address one or more of the streams, which are broadly framed to enable participants to explore multiple perspectives in research and practice.

Key dates*

Item Deadline
Application to present opens 30 September 2021
Application to present closes 5 November 2021, 11.59 pm AEDT
Abstract reviews completed and authors notified of outcomes 10 December 2021
Program at a glance published on ECA website December 2021
Presenter registration deadline 17 January 2022
Final program published on website January 2022

*Please note: dates are subject to change. Candidates will be informed of changes to the schedule.


Application process

Applications are now open for potential presenters. To apply, please submit an abstract of your research paper that is relevant to the overall theme and one or more of the four streams. Successful applicants will be asked either to present, or present and publish in the Australasian Journal of Early Childhood.

Please note: while authors may be named on up to three papers, they will only be able to present on a maximum of two papers.

Submission requirements

Abstracts and biographies

Abstracts and presenter biographies are to be submitted during the application process. Abstracts for Roundtable discussions and Symposium presentations should be no more than 500 words (including references), and for Provocations should be no more than 250 words (including references).  At the end of the abstract, presenters must offer two or three questions that can be used as provocations for researchers and interested stakeholders to discuss (questions are also included in the word limit).

Please highlight which stream/s you wish to address and format preference (see below). Abstracts will be put through a blind review process conducted by AJEC reviewers.

Biographies must be no more than 150 words (for individuals) or 350 words (for groups).

Please read the terms and conditions below for more details on the application requirements.

Format preference

Applicants must identify their preferred presentation format: Roundtable discussion, Symposium presentation or Provocation (see guidelines below). Please note: the final formats will be decided through the review process.

Given the Zoom medium in which the symposium will be hosted, a limited number of PowerPoint (PPT) slides and/or audio visuals will be permitted per presentation, see below for further details. Presenters must be able to share their own slides.

Roundtable discussion

This will be an oral presentation of 25 minutes, including a five-minute Q&A segment, based on an individual paper. It will be given by a single presenter or a team of presenters and designed to promote discussion. There will be two or three themed presentations per session, and the discussions will be guided by a facilitator. Each roundtable presentation will be allowed to share up to five (5) PTT slides during their presentation.

Symposium presentation

This format allows groups of researchers to present a collection of three discussion papers as a symposium. Presenters should address the requirements of the Roundtable discussion papers as outlined above but also include one set of questions to stimulate discussion of the papers as a collection. There will be a competitive review process as places are limited; preference will be given to thought-provoking contemporary perspectives. Each discussion paper will be allowed to share up to five (5) PTT slides during their presentation (totaling a maximum of 15 for the symposium).


Rather than report on research that is complete or in the process of being completed, this format is an opportunity to present new ideas, including (but not limited to) new methods and ways of thinking about research and/or impact. Presenters will share their provocation for 7 minutes then pose three questions for participants to discuss. The goal is a rich discussion of new ideas and points of view. There will be a competitive review process as places are limited; preference will be given to thought-provoking contemporary perspectives. Presenters will be allowed to share up to two (2) PTT slides without any animations during their presentation – limited to one content slide and one question slide.

Review process

  • All proposals submitted for presentation at the symposium will go through a blind review process conducted by the AJEC reviewers.
  • All applications to present will be assessed to ensure the quality and relevance of the presentations in accordance with the AJEC Reviewer Guidelines and ECA selection criteria.
  • Once the blind review is completed, all applicants will be notified of the outcome.

Selection criteria

Roundtable discussions will be selected on the basis of the:

  • relevance to the symposium theme and stream
  • treatment of theoretical or methodological perspectives
  • congruence between aims of the project or research questions and/or focus of inquiry
  • clarity of explanation of research methods and/or analytical and/or theoretical framework, in brief
  • strength of emphasis on research findings and/or translation to practice and contribution to the sector
  • abstract of no more than 500 words (including references).

Symposium presentations will be selected on the basis of the above criteria and the:

  • appropriateness of the collected papers as a provocation for discussion
  • thought-provoking contemporary perspectives.

Provocations will be selected on the basis of the:

  • relevance to the symposium theme and stream
  • provocative nature of the abstract
  • questions for discussion
  • abstract of no more than 250 words (including references).

Free of commercial interest

Any paper that is selling or promoting a particular product or commercial service will be rejected.

For more information, please contact:

Early Childhood Australia

P: (02) 6242 1800

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Outcome/Final selection


Abstracts will be assessed and classified under three categories:

  • Accepted—present and publish: selected authors will be given the opportunity to present at the AJEC Research Symposium and invited to submit a full-length paper for publication in the Australasian Journal of Early Childhood. All papers to be published will go through a blind review process.
  • Accepted—present only: selected delegates will get the opportunity to present at the AJEC Research Symposium.
  • Rejected: no further information or submissions will be required.

Publication of papers

Besides presenting, some authors will be invited to submit full-length papers for AJEC. All papers accepted for publication in the Australasian Journal of Early Childhood will go through the established blind review process, which will be conducted by the AJEC Editorial Committee.

Please note: there is no publication guarantee. This means papers may still be rejected or be held for later publication. Authors selected for publication must be in attendance and present at the symposium.

Authors who do not present will lose the opportunity to have their papers published in the special edition.

Invitation to present at the ECA National Conference

Some presenters may be invited to present their research, and its implications for practitioners, at the ECA National Conference in 2022 or 2023. Further instructions will be provided by the ECA Events team, as required.

Terms and conditions

Application requirements

  • Applications must be submitted online no later than 5 November 2021. Applications received in any other way, including hard copy, or after the due date, will not be accepted.
  • Individual applicants must include a 150-word biography and groups must include a 350-word biography when submitting their abstracts.
  • Abstracts must be no more than 500 words, and must be submitted electronically via the specified portal. (All selected presentation abstracts and biographies will undergo copyediting before being printed in the symposium program.)
  • Applications must address the selection criteria.
  • Abstracts will go through a review process to ensure quality and diversity.

Presentation requirements 

Successful applicants must:

  • be available to speak at any time during the symposium
  • register by 17 January 2022 .*

* Presenter registration

A condition of being able to present is that all presenters must register for the symposium. Only three (3) presenters per paper will receive the Early Childhood Australia (ECA) member discount rate for full event registration. Abstracts will be withdrawn from the program if registration and payment have not been received by 17 January 2022.

Before you apply online, please ensure that you have read and understood this information.

If you have any questions, please contact the AJEC Research Symposium office for more information:
P: (02) 6242 1800
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