Invitation to Submit

Individuals and organisations are invited to submit an abstract to deliver a 30-minute oral presentation; a poster presentation; or a panel presentation which addresses one or more of the conference topics. The abstract should be no more than 300 words and outlines the aims, contents and conclusions of the presentation. Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.

All proposals will be reviewed by the program committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme. Authors will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their abstract.

Conference Topics

  • Integration
    • Interweaving sustainability practices into all departments of a business
    • Sustainable business systems and models, moving forward
  • Politics
    • International politics and the influence on Australian businesses
    • Decisions made by governments in Australia and its impacts on national business sustainability
  • Technology
    • The Fourth Industrial Revolution and sustainability
    • Blockchain
    • Sustainability in a digital age
    • Digital disruption and sustainability
  • Automation
    • Transformation of industries
    • Long term planning and effects
  • Future of Renewables
    • Wind turbine advancement
    • Solar panels installed on water
    • Innovative business cases
  • Waste as a resource
    • Industrial Ecology
  • Procurement
    • Learnings on purchasing for sustainability/ efficiency
    • How to engage suppliers
    • Presenting a case to your CFO to pay marginal cost for a sustainable product
  • Environmental Sustainability Managers – what does it take?
    • Successful Sustainability Manager Perspective
    • How to build a strong sustainability plan and get buy in
    • How to balance sustainability responsibilities with health and safety
    • Sustainable development goals
  • Food Security
    • Urban agriculture models
    • Sustainable food coops
    • The role of business
    • Overcoming the obstacles to food security
  • Sustainable Construction
    • Design and management examples
    • Innovative leaders, leading for the future
    • Energy consumption strategies
    • Circular economy

Important Dates

  • Abstracts Open: July 2017
  • Abstracts Close: Monday 27 November 2017
  • Notification to Presenters: Monday 4 December 2017
  • Presenter Acceptances Due: Friday 15 December 2017
  • Draft Program Available: On or before Monday 18 December 2017
  • Presenter Registration Due: Monday 29 January 2018
  • Early Bird Registrations Close: Monday 29 January 2018
  • Full Papers for Peer Review: Friday 2 February 2018
  • Full Papers for Non-Peer Review: Friday 2 March 2018

Abstract Submission - CLOSED

Note: Presenting authors for oral and poster presentations are required to register for the conference and pay. A discounted registration is offered for all presenters.  Speaker and poster registrations must be paid by 5pm Monday 29 January 2018 .

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be of 30 minutes duration (20 minute presentation and 10 minute discussion). The abstract should outline the important points of the presentation and highlight the content to be communicated. It may outline the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work, research, project or case study. Papers not selected for oral presentation might be given the option of a poster presentation.

Panel Presentation

Panel presentations bring together the views from a group of presenters into a discussion of innovative ideas, current topics, and relevant issues. The panel presentation is to comprise of two components:

  • Presentations from the members of the panel. Total of 60 minutes.
  • Question and answers between the delegates and panel members. Total of 30 minutes.


One combined submission with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 individual presenters must be submitted by one author on behalf of the group.

Each panel will consist of a chair and panelists. The chair is to be the main organiser of the session and main contact for the secretariat. The chair will coordinate the preparation, theme of presentations, be the timekeeper, and animate the Q&A session. Panelists will provide brief presentation on the theme of the panel. Each panelist is expected to provide a different perspective on the topic of discussion.

The chair will be required to submit a title of the panel, names and affiliations of all participants, including the chair, and an abstract overview of 300 words.

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information. Posters may be on any topic relevant to the conference themes. Posters will be displayed in the catering areas and for the duration of the conference.

It is expected that presenter should be available during meal breaks to discuss it with conference participants. Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Poster presenters are entitled to the discounted presenter registration.

Terms & Conditions

All presenting authors will be required to register and pay in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program. A discounted registration is available to all presenters. The deadline for presenting author registration is Wednesday 29 November 2017.

By submitting an abstract you give consent to publication of the abstract in Conference material, including but not limited to, the Conference Blog, Book of Abstracts, Association Journal and Social Media.

All abstracts must be original work. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract.  All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission form. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the Conference Secretariat for further information.