Special call for Poster Submissions from Higher Degree Research Students and Early Career Academics

Are you undertaking research in WIL as part of Masters and Higher Degree Research programs, or are you an Early Career Academic (within two years of completing their PhD studies)?


Submit a poster

You are invited to submit a poster abstract for the conference. ACEN recognises and values the contribution of emerging WIL researchers and is keen to support you and help disseminate your research to the wider WIL community.

Poster submissions need to be evidence-based and should outline the background/context and outcomes (if available) and follow the general guidelines for poster submissions. Presenters will have the opportunity to promote and discuss their work with conference delegates via an interactive poster viewing session. A dedicated session will also be scheduled during the conference for HDR students and early career academics to share their experiences of researching in WIL and to network.

Students and early career researchers are also invited to participate in the WIL Research Symposium on 3 October.


Proposals are to be submitted as a 250 word abstract using the ACEN style guide for abstracts plus further information on how the proposal fits the conference theme (an additional 50-100 words).  Final poster presentations should be developed to an A0 size for presentation at the conference.

Poster presentation abstracts will be accepted until 31 August, 2018 (midnight, EST Australia).

Poster presentation abstracts should contain the following:

  • Title
  • Author(s)
  • Affiliation
  • Keywords (4-6)
  • Conference sub-theme(s) addressed
  • Background / context
  • Overview of practice / research initiative
  • Discussion / results / evaluation
  • Conclusions / implications
  • Key references, using APA 6th Edition


Abstracts will be evaluated by the Conference Organising Committee. Abstracts for posters will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • alignment with a conference sub-theme
  • originality of the practice/ research/ topic or issue
  • contribution to new knowledge about co-operative education and WIL


Posters will be available for viewing for the duration of the conference. An interactive poster viewing session will be held for authors to discuss their poster with other delegates. Authors can present their work using any layout /design but must present the poster on an A0 size format.


Submitted abstracts will be published in the Conference Program and will be available to all delegates.  Edited versions may also be published online. Poster abstracts submitted in this category meet the criteria for E3 HERDC Publications.

Best poster

All posters accepted for the conference program will be eligible for consideration for an award of ‘best conference poster’.

Join with others as part of our HDR / ECR Conversations

Thursday afternoon 4:00pm, October 4

Perhaps you have already finished your doctoral or master studies and are an Early Career Researcher. Alternatively, you may have an established research profile and have begun or planning to begin your HDR journey. Wherever you are on your WIL research journey, this facilitated discussion will explore experiences of being a HDR/ECR in the WIL space.

Specifically, we will consider opportunities, common challenges experienced and solutions. Ideas/practices will be shared with others at different stages of the journey, and you will make valuable connections in the WIL learning community. So come join in the conversation and walk away with some strategies.

The session will be followed by networking drinks at a nearby venue.

2018 Conference partners

InPlace Smart Placement Solutions

Monash University

Study Queensland

Why Partner?

Connect with leading innovative universities, students, graduates, and alumni

Supporting Associations

Co-operative Education Work-Integrated-Learning Canada