Abstract Guidelines

Thank you for your contribution to the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies conference. The submission deadline has now closed.

Presentation Types

All abstracts that have been submitted before the deadline will undergo review. We will be featuring the four presentation types below in the program:

  • Oral presentation
  • Symposium
  • Workshop
  • Poster presentation


To assist the Program Committee in deciding if your abstract is selected for the final conference program, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • All abstracts must be submitted in electronic format
  • doc/.docx file formats are accepted.
  • The submitting presenter must ensure that all co-presenters have read and approved the title, summary, presenter names and affiliations.
  • Only submissions submitted in English will be considered. Please ensure you thoroughly check your submission for spelling and grammatical errors as accepted abstracts will be printed as per your submission.
  • Abstracts are to be no more than 250 words. Submissions that do not meet the word limit will not be reviewed.
  • Abstract title, references, tables, images and acknowledgements are not included in the word count.
  • Please ensure any acronyms are spelt out in the first instance.
  • Ensure that all author information (names, affiliations and presenting author biography) is included and entered correctly.
  • Presenters will be notified of acceptance in February 2018 and will need to confirm their attendance and registration before 13 March 2018.
  • Presenting authors are required to register for the conference. No funding is provided to presenters. Any presenter not registered for the conference by the early-bird registration deadline will not have their abstract included in the program.
  • No abstracts will be accepted for review after 20 December 2017.

Selection Criteria

Want to make sure your abstract is accepted? The Program Committee will be looking for submissions that:

  • are relevant to the theme of the conference
  • are relevant to current issues/challenges
  • have fresh/new content, or a fresh look at the specific topic
  • are relevant to an audience of those working in the industry
  • are engaging for an audience and
  • have a clear take-home benefit for delegates

Publication of Presentations

PDF documents of presentations may be published on the conference website and app following the conference. Photos, audio and/or video recordings made throughout the event may be made available to the registered delegates of the meeting or available publicly. This material may be used in order to promote future AIFS conferences. If you do not agree with the above, but wish to submit an abstract, please notify the conference managers at: [email protected]

Presentation Type Information

Oral submission
Submissions are invited for papers reporting original research findings related to family wellbeing. Other types of papers welcome include reporting work-in-progress, methodological papers, policy analysis, case presentations, professional practice issues or evaluations of family service programs. Papers will be grouped into themes and presented in concurrent sessions. Where we see it appropriate we may ask you to present findings in a panel type session if we have papers that fit this format.

PLEASE NOTE: Accepted papers will get a 20-minute timeslot in the program – 15 minutes to present and 5 minutes for discussion. This a change from previous years so we are looking for presentations that get to the point.

Symposium submissions should propose a set of closely related papers on a particular topic, the content of each paper, and the names of a convenor and a discussant. Each symposium, of one-and-a-half-hours duration, will usually consist of 3 – 4 papers followed by a discussant responsible for drawing together themes, coordinating discussion and directing questions from the floor to particular speakers.

AIFS is including Workshops in the 2018 Conference to encourage greater participation and discussion on current and crucial issues of importance to Australian families and those working to improve their lives.
Submissions for workshops should include:

  • Topics
  • Speakers
  • Activity – workshop activity to encourage greater sharing of experience/information

The workshops will generally run for 1.5 hours. The number of participants in the classes will be limited and participants will need to register online before the conference begins.

To submit your workshop proposal follow the same steps as submitting a single abstract.

Poster presentations
Posters provide a visual display of new techniques, programs, research or professional innovations.

A limited number of scholarships may be offered to Indigenous researchers or practitioners who are in circumstances that do not readily permit participation in the AIFS Conference. These scholarships are to assist with travel and conference fees.
As part of your submission process, please ensure you complete the following when submitting your abstract:

  • A statement (maximum 80 words) outlining the benefits to you in attending the AIFS Conference.
  • Please explain why, in the absence of this assistance, you might not be able to attend the AIFS Conference.
  • The name and contact details (eg phone number, email address) of two referees who can be contacted to discuss your application for scholarship funding.

Summary of Important Dates

Abstract submission open 21 September 2017
Registration opens 20 November 2017
Abstract submission closes 20 December 2017
Author notifications February 2018

Terms and Conditions

By submitting an abstract authors must agree to the following terms and conditions;

  • I declare that the abstracts submitted is the original works of at least one author/presenter.
  • If the abstract is accepted as an oral or poster, I confirm that at least one abstract author will register with full intention of attending and presenting the paper at the conference.
  • No funding is provided to presenters. Any presenter not registered for the conference by the deadline specified in the acceptance email will have their abstract removed from the proceedings and program.
  • I am aware that if my abstract is selected, I provide consent for my presentation slides (for oral presenters), video and audio record and photos taken during my presentation/of my poster to be used and published by AIFS, including being provided to delegates of the conference.