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Australasian Regional Conference
Melbourne, Australia
2nd - 4th August, 2023

Call for Papers

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Call for Papers Extended: Submit your papers online by the 31st March 2023 via this link.

The IASYM regional conference is an opportunity to present and discuss research related to ministry amongst children, youth and emerging/young adults in our region.

This three-day academic conference provides an opportunity for teachers, lecturers, researchers, research students, and practitioners across Australia, New Zealand and Oceania to engage with the latest scholarship and research as well as present their work to their colleagues for feedback and constructive criticism.

The program for 2023 offers three formats for engagement and interaction: research papers, emerging research, and workshops:

  • Research Papers are complete works of new research that are ready for constructive critical engagement. Research Papers must be submitted in advance of the conference and when presented will be followed by a prepared response as well as group discussion.
  • Emerging Research sessions provide an opportunity to share ‘works-in-progress’ and developing thoughts as well as completed ideas not yet established in a formal paper. These sessions provide an opportunity for new or emerging researchers (whether engaged in formal study or as a thoughtful practitioner) to road-test ideas and receive feedback in a constructive environment.
  • Dialogue, workshop, or roundtable discussions present a topic that will benefit from interaction from diverse perspectives. These sessions are most often presented by a team of scholars/practitioners who have worked together to frame the dialogue.

This is an in-person with some online options available to those who can’t travel or be physically present in Melbourne.

Keynote presentations are in-person, and streamed.

Elective sessions can be presented in-person or online.

Invitation to Submit Proposals

Submit your proposals no later than Friday, 17 March 2023 via this link.

Proposals should nominate the format (research paper, emerging research, roundtable), include a 200-word abstract, specify your contact information and provide little background to your research.

Notification of acceptance will be delivered to authors by Thursday, 6 April, 2023.

Full papers and workshop outlines must be completed by Monday, 17 July, 2023.

More Information

For more information contact the chair of the Academic Committee, Dr Rowan Lewis, email

Registration and Accommodation

Online registration will open soon.

All ticket prices are in Australian dollars:

IASYM fully-paid Members

Free affiliate members

Full registration



Wednesday day



Thursday or Friday



Registration does not include accommodation in Melbourne.

Nearby accommodation options include

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