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2015 AARE Newsletter – Conferences Standing Committee

Dear Colleagues,

It is hard to believe it is September already and the AARE Conference in Fremantle is only a few months away.

Thank you to the SIG Convenors and SIG members who have been working hard to complete the reviewing for their respective SIGS to ensure the draft program can be made available soon. The draft block program is currently available on the conference website and is very helpful in planning your trip. There are a number of important opportunities for delegates to participate in including the pre-conference workshops, sessions about the ARC process, publishing seminars and book launches.

It is wonderful to see the numbers for the SIG Networking Events which will be held on Monday and Tuesday evening after the annual SIG annual meetings. This will be an important networking opportunity to catch up with members of your own SIG/s as well as colleagues in other SIGS and to enjoy quality refreshments from the Fremantle area.

As you are aware our professional conference organisers this year are ICE (International Conferences and Events) have been working hard and are dealing with the many details involved in such a large conference. Li Mei Giam is overseeing the project team and managing the social program (Welcome Reception and SIG dinners). The rest of the team is allocated to the following roles:

Rebekah Toole – RegistrationsDanielle Falso – Marketing, Sponsorship and ExhibitionPeta Freeman – Academic Program

If you have been in contact with the ICE team I am sure you have been impressed with their responsiveness, energy and commitment to the AARE conference. I am also very appreciative of the work being undertaken by each person on the Conferences Standing Committee and the role each of them is undertaking to ensure each person attending has a wonderful conference experience. In particular special thanks goes to Deb Cracknell our AARE Office and Events Manager and Debby Cunningham for their tireless efforts and energy towards the conference.

Thank you also to the hospitality shown to AARE by our wonderful colleagues, particularly Dr Anne Coffey and Dr Derek Hurrell at The University of Notre Dame campus in Fremantle.

If you have not been to the campus before I am sure you will enjoy its ambience and ease of access throughout the campus.

Only a few months to go now!

We look forward to seeing you there and progressing the agenda for Australian educational research.

Kind regards,

Margaret Baguley

(Chair, Conferences Standing Committee – AARE)

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