Review and selection criteria

The selection process for the AIEC program is very competitive. Only a few proposals are selected for inclusion. While we understand that it can be disappointing to miss out, the aim is to provide the most comprehensive, innovative and diverse program possible.

The committee will select highly rated proposals that contribute to a balanced and comprehensive conference program. The committee may also decide to ask you to refine your presentation or provide an early draft of it in order to create the best possible content for the conference.

Before you develop and submit your proposal, please read and understand the review and selection criteria below, and read these tips on how to prepare a proposal for AIEC.

Decisions of the committee are final.

Review criteria

1. Relevance to international education. The proposal appeals specifically to people working in international education, not just ‘education’. The topic is clear, relevant and addresses one of the AIEC key interest areas and appeals to one or more of the AIEC education sectors.

2. Alignment with the conference theme.

3. Innovation and originality. The presentation will introduce new information or ideas, not merely repeat information already widely known or accessible.

4. Applicability. The presentation will cover the latest concepts, techniques and tools. It will be illustrated by practical applications relevant to the topic and it will showcase good practice, solution-based approaches and practical examples.

5. Analysis and insightfulness. The presentation will provide more than a description of a program or service; it will draw out insights, what was learnt, and recommend new policies and/or actions.

6. Quality of research/methodology. The data presented will come from evidenced-based research.

7. Speakers’ expertise. Speakers have demonstrated experience in the key interest area and topic of the presentation.

8. Non-commercial policy adherence. The presentation will not be a direct promotion of a company product, service or other self-interest.

Selection criteria

Proposals that stand out

To make your proposal stand out, include one or more of the following aspects:

  • align with the theme of ‘diversity’
  • provide opportunity for engagement, discussion and dialogue
  • provide clear learning takeaways
  • provide a global perspective to Australian delegates
  • include the voice of international students
  • in the case of panels, include diversity of backgrounds (e.g. people from different sectors, different organisations).

Common reasons for rejection

The most common reasons for rejection of a proposal include:

  • it is not relevant to international education
  • speaker profiles are not completed (e.g. speaker bio has not been provided)
  • not all speakers are confirmed at the time of submission (i.e. incomplete proposal)
  • there is not enough information
  • a clear objective and/or hypothesis are missing
  • the linkages between different parts of the abstract are incomprehensible
  • there is duplication or overlap of topics with another submitted proposal
  • the study/project/program/policy is too preliminary or insufficient to draw conclusions
  • the study/project/program/policy lacks originality
  • the abstract is poorly written.
Key dates

16 January - Call for proposals opens

1 March - Call for proposals closes

1 June - Registration opens

1 August - Early bird registration closes

10 October 2017 - Conference starts