Social and Other Events

Please see below a list of social events happening during the conference.

Welcome Reception

A welcome reception for all delegates will be held in the trade exhibition area at the conclusion of the first day. This will be a fabulous opportunity for all delegates to meet colleagues, preview posters and meet the exhibitors.

Date: Sunday 1 December 
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Location: Amphitheatre, QUT, Kelvin Grove
Cost: Included with Full Registration or purchase additional tickets for AU$65 guests


First Timers' morning tea

AARE would like to invite all people attending a AARE conference for the first time to join us in a welcome morning tea. No RSVP required. Please grab some morning tea from the exhibition before heading in.

Date: Monday 2 December
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: QUT, Kelvin Grove F509 Lecture Theatre

Curator Tour of Indigenous art exhibition ‘I, object’: GOMA

The Poststructural Theory SIG invites you to join a special tour of the exhibition ‘I, object’, at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), led by Bruce McLean, Curator, Indigenous Australian Art, followed by refreshments at the GOMA café bistro beside the Brisbane River. ‘I, object’ looks at the many complex relationships Indigenous Australian artists have to objects: from the histories informing their creation, to the social and cultural consequences of their collection. Similar events offered to the general public have quickly booked out, so this is a chance for conference delegates to share this opportunity.

Date: Thursday 5 December
Time: 10.30 to 11.30 AM, followed by refreshments.
Location: Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Gallery 3.5, Stanley Place, South Brisbane. Delegates will need to make their own way to and from the gallery.
Pre-booking is essential for this event via the main AARE website and places are limited. To book please click here.
Funded by the AARE 2019 Competitive SIG Grant.


Pedagogy in the Pub

The Monday evening speaker will be Ms Hayley McQuire, National Coordinator of the National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition.  She will be joined by other members of the Coalition to share what they have learned after a successful year meeting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across Australia.

This event provides opportunity for conference participants and others from the Greater Brisbane region working in education to engage with members of the National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition (NIYEC, and to open a discussion about how educators and researchers might engage with and support the work of NIYEC.

NIYEC is a collective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth from diverse nations and backgrounds, who are committed to advocating for their Indigenous rights to education. NIYEC has just completed a year meeting and engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students throughout 2019, through a number of face-to-face workshops – a Listening Caravan – to understand their hopes and desires for the future of education. NIYEC centres the voices and energy of First Nations communities in working for better education opportunities and systems in Australia. NIYEC recognises the value of education, however, understands that historically education was a key tool of colonisation to assimilate and control Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and that this continues to impact families and communities today.

All welcome, light refreshments provided. Registration is important as numbers are limited.

Date: Monday 2 December 
Time: 6:00 pm 
Location: Normanby Hotel, Red Hill

To book please click here.


Teacher Education and Research Innovation (TERI) SIG Dinner

Please join us for a SIG catch-up dinner to bring together members and enjoy each other’s company. Please RSVP by Friday 29th November.

Location: Riverland Bar & Street Kitchens, 167 Eagle Street, Brisbane
Date: Monday 2 December, 2019
Time: 7.00 pm (following the TERI SIG meeting)

Warm regards,

Kim, Jon, Bianca, Angelina and Jeana.


Gender, Sexualities and Cultural Studies SIG & Post Structural Theory SIG Dinner

We are inviting Gender, Sexualities and Cultural Studies SIG & Post Structural Theory SIG members to join us for dinner after the SIG meetings on Monday 2 December.

Date: Monday, 2 December
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Siam Spice Thai Restaurant, Shop 23, Cnr Ramsgate St. & Carraway St., The Village Kelvin Grove
Contact: Please RSVP to Dr Lisa van Leent on


Assessment & Measurement SIG Dinner

Date: Monday 2 December
Time: from 5:45 pm
Location: Siam Spice, 23/8 Carraway St, Kelvin Grove

Assessment & Measurement Social Breakfast

Date: Wednesday 4 December
Time: from 7:15 am
Location: Felix for Goodness, 50 Burnett Ln, Brisbane City

If you would like to come along to any of these, please RSVP so we can let the venues know numbers, and also inform you of any changes:

Joanna Tai on behalf of the A&M SIG convenors


Educational Leadership SIG Dinner and Drinks

Date: Monday 2 December
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: The Normanby Hotel, 1 Musgrave Road, Red Hill

Fiona Longmuir and Christine Grice
( - 0417 547 316)


Wellbeing and Education Symposium: Critical Dialogues and Diverse Perspectives

AARE’s HPE SIG invites you to attend a half-day symposium on wellbeing and education. The symposium will feature two panels of invited speakers who will explore social, historical, curricular and pedagogic perspectives on wellbeing and education, and speculate on new directions for research in this area.

Speakers will include:

  • Professor Julie McLeod, The University of Melbourne
  • Professor Helen Cahill, The University of Melbourne
  • Helen Butler, headspace School Support
  • Associate Professor Michael Gard, The University of Queensland
  • Dr Catriona O’Toole, Maynooth University
  • Dr lisahunter, Monash University

If you are a researcher, teacher, principal or other practitioner interested in wellbeing and education, this event is not to be missed.

Date: Sunday 1 December
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Location: QUT, Kelvin Grove
Cost: AARE members $20, non-members $25 ex GST

To book please click here.


AARE GS&CS SIG – Education  Forum

The AARE Gender, Sexualities and Cultural Studies (GS&CS) Special Interest Group (SIG) invites
you to attend a one-day event on difficult knowledges-methodologies in educational

Date: Saturday 30th November
Time: 10am-4pm (Registration & Morning Tea 9.30am-10am)
Location: Level 5, E Block, Queensland University of Technology

The FREE event will provide opportunities for researchers, young people, teachers, principals,
community stakeholders and other practitioners to engage in collective and collegial dialogue
around concepts that are often framed as "difficult" knowledges in educational spaces (e.g. gender,
sexualities, social justice and activism). For researchers, this dialogue might also extend to a
deeper engagement with how "difficult" knowledges impact on methodological decision-making
processes and practices.

The event features a keynote presentation from Professor Louisa Allen, Auckland University
who specialises in research in the areas of sexualities, gender, young people and schooling
and innovative research methodologies which seek to engage hard to reach research populations.

In addition to presentations and panel discussions, the event will include arts-based workshops and
smaller break-out discussion sessions as a means to generate discussions and focus on action orientated

FREE Eventbrite Registration:

If you have any queries about the event feel free to contact the SIG co-convenors:
Dr Leanne Coll:
Dr Lisa van Leent:
Dr Annette Bromdal:


Research Showcase: Privileging the voice of the disenfranchised learner

AARE’s Schools and Education Systems SIG along with the Queensland Department of Education invites you to attend a half-day symposium on privileging the voice of disenfranchised learners. In this interactive forum, hear from three experts into research with disenfranchised learners, facilitated by discussant Emeritus Professor Bob Lingard. Participate in an interactive Q&A with the panel and hear about the experiences of Queensland and United Kingdom learners.

Professor Peter Renshaw, University of Qieensland
Professor Martin Mills, University College London
Dr Marnee Shay, University of Queensland
Dr Jenna Gillett-Swan, Queensland University of Technology

This event would be of value to researchers, education practitioners and policy officer and other system level staff interested in student engagement and student voice. Please stay afterwards for a light networking lunch.

Date: Friday 6 December 2019
Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm ( 2 hour symposium followed by a 30 minute networking lunch)
Location: Level 17, 53 Albert Street, Brisbane
Cost: free of charge

This is likely to be a popular event so please register your attendance early to avoid missing out. To register your attendance please click here.


USQ Education Summit: Attracting and Retaining Teachers in Regional, Rural and Remote Areas

Location: USQ Toowoomba Campus, West Street, Toowoomba
Allison Dickson Lecture Theatre (H Block)
Date: Friday 29 November 2019
Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm (registration at 8.30am)

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