SIG Events

AARE supports the SIGs in delivering various events throughout the year. 


AARE Professional and Higher Education SIG: Missing Conferences

This 2 hour online symposium is being convened by the AARE Professional and Higher Education SIG co-convenors. The first question that we consider is whether conferences have gone missing at all. Is it possible that the routine work of face-to-face conferences has been distributed across new platforms for gathering academics and disseminating knowledge? What affordances do these new forms of gathering promise? What are their limits? The second question we consider is this: conferences may be missing, but are we missing conferences? How do we feel as we erase plans from the calendar, cancel tickets and ask for refunds? When conferences go missing do we miss our geographically distant friends and colleagues? And when face-to-face conferences are missing what else are scholars missing out on? The absence of conferences is an important opportunity to ask what they do for advancing ideas, fields of knowledge and scholars. It is also a period to ask questions about who is frequently ‘missing’ from conferences and to attend to the experiences of those who rely on the meeting and events industry to make a living.    


Our speakers for this symposium include:

Judith Mair - Conferences: you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone

Agnes Bosanquet and Catherine Manathunga – Missing Conference Embodiment

Tai Peseta and Catherine Manathunga – Missing Conference Keynotes

Omolabake Fakunle – The Impact of Doctoral Students Missing Conferences

Emily Henderson – Always Already Missing Conferences


Hosts: The AARE Professional and Higher Education SIG.

When: Tue, 15 September 2020, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM AEST

Where: Zoom (link to follow upon registration)

Register: In advance for this symposium

*Please note: This event will be recorded*  

Sociology of Education SIG: Supporting HDR students and ECRs in their publications

The Sociology of Education SIG will host a 90-minute Writing Workshop on Friday, October, 2nd 2020 aimed at supporting HDR students and ECRs with their publications. 

This workshop is designed to assist with improving the writing skills required for both thesis writing and publication.  We will share best practices around academic writing, editing, revising and resubmitting journal articles as well as finding the most suitable journal in the field of sociology of education.  It is expected the author should be working on a sole-authored publication during the workshop.  The workshop will then be followed by some personalized feedback from each one of the four Sociology of Education SIG coordinators.  Furthermore, the participants will have the opportunity to work with a professional proofreader before submitting to the journal of their choice. 

Who: HDR student or ECR members of the AARE Sociology of Education SIG

What: 90-minute Writing Workshop followed by personalized feedback and support from a professional proofreader

Where/When: Zoom, Workshop on Friday, October, 2nd 2020, time TBD.

How to apply: HDR students or ECR's should submit one paragraph (maximum 250 words) by September 15th detailing their topic of interest, university and stage in the PhD or career, publishing experience to date and how they think the workshop will be useful to them.

Please submit using this form


Schools and Education Systems SIG event - Engaging with research in schools

You are invited to attend a one-hour online interactive presentation on Engaging with research in schools, hosted by AARE’s Schools and Education Systems Special Interest Group.

 Date: Thursday 10 September 2020

Time: 12 pm to 1 pm AEST

Online access: Via Zoom, Please register for login details. 

At this special event, hear three experts outline how to engage with research in schools. Ms Shani Prendergast of Catholic Education Melbourne will present on Schools participating in research. Associate Professor Mark Rickinson of Monash University will present on Schools using research. Professor Peter Twining from the University of Newcastle will present on Schools/teachers doing research.
Each topic will address what it looks like when it is done well, the barriers and enablers, and any risks or caveats to this approach to research engagement in schools. The discussion will conclude with a short question and answer session.

More information about this event

Please register by Wednesday, 9 September 2020.


Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics SIG: The future of STEM Education in a COVID - 19 tolerating Australia

Two events with the overarching theme of The future of STEM Education in a COVID-19 tolerating Australia are being planned for 2020-2021.
The first event will comprise two online seminars each of one hour’s duration. In each seminar, two leaders (one Australian and one international) in STEM Education research will present their perspectives of what STEM Education should look like that supports equitable learning opportunities and outcomes as we move into a COVID19-tolerating future. The second event is a workshop (face to face and online) on participatory research strategies in STEM Education.

The next STEM SIG newsletter will include more details. If you have contributions for the newsletter including for  Research Corner where we invite members to share information about their current research or pitch your good idea for a project or looking for collaborators to work with on a project locally, nationally or globally please email Ann Osman,