The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) invites you to present at our 2018 Conference by submitting an abstract for consideration to the conference committee.
Making PLACE is the theme of the 2018 WACOSS Conference, and our challenge to you is to imagine ways in which a better world is not only possible, but can be achieved.The Making PLACE conference is the chance for us to have conversations about how we can overcome the challenges of place and make place better. It will also be an opportunity to showcase and learn from place-based initiatives already begun, and champion place.
The conference will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on 2 – 3 May 2018. To view information on the themes and streams, click here.
If you have a topic that will add value to the conference you are encouraged to submit an abstract to share your experience and understandings of working in and with communities.
What are we looking for?
We welcome presentations and workshops that generate thought provoking discussion and critical analysis, identification of innovative principles and processes that can be adapted in our work, and outside the box thinking about ways forward.
We invite you to think laterally and creatively about how you deliver your session, and encourage the use of different and creative mediums to convey and explore your ideas, experiences, and understandings.
Submissions from across and beyond the community sector are welcome, from volunteers and workers in community, business and government sectors, Aboriginal organisations, academics and others.
There are different formats available for concurrent conference breakout sessions. Your abstract can be pitched as a short or long presentation, topic for interactive discussion, or a workshop.
1. Shorter – 30 minutes
A presentation focused on a topic related to one of the conference streams, 30 minutes in total, encompassing a 20-25 minute presentation with time for questions.
2. Longer – 60 minutes
A more in-depth presentation focused on a topic related to one of the conference streams, encompassing a 45-50 minute presentation with time for questions and/or other interactions.
3. Collaborative – 90 minutes
A session that you curate, comprising three 20 minute presentations and/or interactions on the same or related topic with time for questions. Abstracts will also include an explanation of how the combination of presentations you have selected will give participants multiple perspectives and deeper understandings on a particular area.
4. Workshop – 60 or 90 minutes
A participatory session where the workshop leader facilitates and engages participants in skill, knowledge and experience building activities.
We look forward to receiving your proposal and joining our conference.