Social 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, 2 December 2018

Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: University of Sydney, Exhibition Hall

Cost: Included with Full Registration or purchase additional tickets for AU$65 guests


Book launch of two volume edited collection on Resisting neoliberalism in higher education edited by Dorothy Bottrell and Catherine Manathunga.

Professor Emerita Raewyn Connell from the University of Sydney will launch the two volume edited collection Resisting neoliberalism in higher education: seeing through the cracks vol. 1 Edited by Dorothy Bottrell and Catherine Manathunga and Resisting neoliberalism in higher education: prising open the cracks vol. 2 Edited by Catherine Manathunga and Dorothy Bottrell and published by Palgrave Macmillan in their Critical University Studies series

Location: To be advised

Date: Tuesday 4 December 2018 at 6:30pm

Contact: Catherine Manathunga - 


Global Contexts for Education SIG Networking

A networking and strategic planning event to discuss future priorities for our SIG. Finger food will be provided. Drinks at bar prices. 

Date: Tuesday 4 December 2018 at 6:30pm

Location:  The Courtyard Restaurant, Holme Building, Science Rd, The University of Sydney


Language and Literacy SIG Networking

Lang & Lit at the Pub - A friendly and informal get together for SIG members and friends.

Date: Tuesday, 4 December 2018 at 6:00pm

Location: The Duck Inn Pub and Kitchen, 74 Rose Street Chippendale

Cost: Each person to pay for her/himself

Contact: Sue Nichols -


Middle Years of Schooling SIG Special Event

Activist-orientated research and practice in the middle years

Date: Monday, 3 December 2018

Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm with light refreshments

Location: Sydney University, room to be advised

Facilitated by Professor Marie Brennan this Middle Years SIG special event will explore the research around the middle years and provide opportunity for participants to discuss what is needed in the current context for good curriculum and pedagogies to flourish and respond to barriers. It will finish with discussions about directions for activist-orientated research and practice including opportunities for collaborative research and writing. Professor Marie Brennan began her career as a humanities teacher in Victorian technical schools and subsequently went on to working in the Victorian Department of Education before moving into the university sector. Her writing and research with teachers and students includes a strong focus on the middle years, something that she claims is ‘still dear to my heart’. She is an honorary Professor at Victoria University, an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia and Professor Extraordinary at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.


Technology and Learning SIG Lunch Bytes

Date: Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Time: 12:00 -1:00pm

Location: Rooms 113/114, grab lunch and bring it in

Contact: Ulla Freihofner ( / Kate McLay ( )

T&L Lunch Bytes is a great opportunity to catch up with Dr Chris Campbell after her workshop presentation and meet other SIG members over a lovely lunch in a more private setting on campus. Discuss research ideas with other SIG members, find out about cutting-edge research projects from your fellow researchers, and join us in connecting research interests and ideas for possible future collaboration and publications. Kate and I are looking forward to welcoming you!


Assessment and Measurement SIG Events and Networking

A range of events connecting research and social activities has been planned for this year’s AARE conference in Sydney.

Event: Panel-discussion session: Assessment as big business - In dialogue with teachers.

Date: Monday 3 December 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Location: Room EASR 406 

This is a session not to be missed. It engages researches and practitioners in discussion of the big issues affecting assessment in Australian classrooms.

The panel discussion will involve practitioners (teachers; school leaders and union representatives) sharing their views of the biggest issues in classroom assessment practices for them. Discussion will focus on what is working well, and the challenges that teachers experience in enacting assessment. Impact of policy and research on practice will also be discussed.

Key questions addressed will be:

  • How can research help address challenges that teachers are experiencing?
  • Can assessment really improve student learning?
  • Data and evidence: Whose interests are being served here?

The aim of the session is to connect teachers and researchers, promoting an understanding of the issues affecting teachers in classroom assessment.


Event: Continuing the conversation.

Date: Monday 3 December 5:30pm-6:30pm.

Location: Independent Education Union (IEU) Office, 485-501 Wattle Street, Ultimo, an easy 10-minute walk from the conference.

Following this session, the audience is invited to continue the conversations at the IEU Office. Light refreshments provided.


Event: Assessment and Measurement SIG Speed-date walk.

Date: Tuesday 4 December 6:00pm (after Radford lecture).

Location: We will gather outside of the Radford lecture venue.

To start after the conclusion of the Radford Lecture. The purpose of this event is for SIG members to get to know each other and the focus of their research in an informal setting.


Event: Assessment and Measurement SIG Methodological and theoretical ponderings in the park.

Date: Wednesday 5 December 12:00 noon

Location: Victoria Park, we will aim to find a shady spot close to Barff Rd on the south west end of the park.

This will be a lunch event, during which researchers will have the opportunity to discuss current methods and theoretical frameworks used in their research. Please grab your lunch first and then join us in the park.


Event: Assessment and Measurement SIG goodbye breakfast.

Date: Thursday 6 December 7:00am-8:00am

Location: Something for Jess - SFJ Café, 27 Abercrombie St, Chippendale NSW 2008

Cost: Each person to pay for her/himself.


Motivation and Learning SIG Social Events

Panel and Networking Session: Current Issues Facing Teacher Motivation and Teacher Learning

Date/time: Monday 3 December at 4pm

Location: TBA

Contact: Emma Burns 

This is an event combined with the Teacher Work and Lives SIG and we would like to invite everyone to it and to the networking session. 


Motivation and Learning SIG Drinks 

Date/time: Wednesday 5 December 6:30pm

Location: The Rose Hotel (52-54 Cleveland St, Chippendale) 

Cost: Free to attend but pay for your own drinks 

Contact: Emma Burns

We will be going to the Rose Hotel after the Invited Speaker Session with Professor Judy Harackiewicz (3:30 Wednesday session) 


Policy and Politics SIG Dinner

Date/time: Tuesday, 4 December 7:00pm

Location: Old City Kitchen and Bar, 189 Missenden Rd, Newtown, New South Wales, 2042

Cost: Group Banquet Options: $45 per head (Vegetarian) or $49 (Meat)

Contact: Glenn Savage

Please RSVP to Glenn by November 20. 

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