Abstracts & papers

Abstracts & papers

The Inclusive Education Summit 2015 (TIES15) encourages the submission of papers across a broad range of topics addressing issues in inclusive education.

On this page you'll find further information and guidelines on the conference theme and how to submit any abstracts or papers.

The third and final call for abstract submissions are now open.

Key dates

Indicate your interest to get regular conference updates via email to [email protected].

Put the conference dates in your calendar: 31 July - 2 August 2015, in Melbourne, Australia.

Other key dates:

  • The third and final call for abstracts will close on 19 June 2015.
  • Abstract acceptance notifications will be sent to authors by 23 June 2015.
  • Presenting authors who fail to register for the conference by 30 June 2015 may be withdrawn from the program.

The Inclusive Education Summit theme

Making sense of everyday practice 

Education systems need to consider and address the issues and barriers that exist in K – 12, higher education (HE) and beyond.  This conference serves as a platform to shape future practice and thinking to ensure a collective response to improve support for inclusive education.  

Abstract themes

We encourage submissions related to theory, research, pedagogy, policy, and practice that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Classroom settings
  • Teacher education
  • Formal educational settings
  • Continuing and improving education programs for students with disabilities
  • Issues of accessibility (including the workplace)
  • Community services including independent and assisted living
  • Social and recreational services/opportunities for people with disabilities
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Self-advocacy groups
  • Self-governance
  • Professionals who work with people with disabilities
  • Representations of disability in media.

Presentation formats

Individual Presentations

All individual presentations proposed outside of symposia will be programmed with like presentations according to theme. Each presenter will be provided with a 30 minute time allocation in the session. Presenters are encouraged to allow approximately 10 minutes within this allocation for discussion.

Symposium Presentations

Symposia 1.5 hours (for 3-4 papers) or 2 hours (for 4-5 papers). Symposium/panel proposals are encouraged to nominate a discussant (include this in the overview section of the submission) who will also act as session chairperson. The symposium/panel organiser must arrange prior acceptance of all parties. It is the responsibility of the symposium/panel organiser, in consultation with the other presenters, to plan the session to allow time for discussion and debate.


Poster size is A0 (height: 120 cm, width 90 cm).  Poster format is portrait/vertical position. Poster presenters will have the opportunity to talk to their poster during the time allocated to Poster Presentations. All posters shall be put up on Saturday morning 1 August 2015.  

Alternate presentations

The Conference Program Committee will consider alternate forms of presentation.  Please submit an outline of the presentation as per the abstract submission process.

Abstract submission requirements

  • Authors may offer no more than two submissions on which they appear as lead author.
  • Presenters are encouraged to collaborate in a symposia or panel sessions with three or more papers in a one and half/two hour slot. Symposium/panel proposals must demonstrate how the papers contribute to a coherent theme and allow time for questions and debate. The committee encourages researchers to work collaboratively across disciplines, phases of career and institutions when proposing panels and symposia.
  • The acceptance of an abstract does not imply provision of travel, accommodation or registration for the conference, nor any other costs associated with preparation or presentation of the abstract, or any costs associated with attendance at the conference.
  • You give us permission to publish your abstract submission on CD-ROM and online if it is accepted for presentation.

Submission guidelines & instructions for abstracts & papers

Submit abstracts to [email protected]

  • The third and final call for abstracts will close on 19 June 2015.

Your abstract will appear in print as submitted.

Please ensure that:

  • The presenting author's contact details should be included when submitting the abstract to avoid miscommunication regarding the abstract submission and review process.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • Abstracts are limited to 300 words per presentation.  Include the abstract title, type of presentation and author details with the abstract.
  • Nominate several keywords that represent the presentation. 
  • For symposia, the panel organiser should submit the full proposal including the symposia abstract and the individual abstracts from each presenter.  
  • Use limited references (e.g. Smith 1999), only if necessary.
  • Your abstract will appear in print as submitted. Please ensure you check your data carefully before submitting as changes or additions will not be accepted after the Call for Abstracts closes.
  • If you have entered a valid email address you will receive a confirmation email confirming receipt of your submission.

Author notification

  • The Conference Program Committee will review all abstracts.  Authors who submitted their abstracts for the first call will receive a notification of acceptance by 30 April 2015. Authors who submit their abstracts for the second call will receive a notification of acceptance by 6 June 2015 and those who submit an abstract for the third and final call will receive a notification of acceptance by 23 June 2014.
  • Upon receiving notification of acceptance, authors are required to notify the Conference Organisers of their intent to participate/present at the conference. Presentations of authors who fail to notify the Conference Office and/ or who do not pay and register to attend by 30 June 2015 may be withdrawn from the program at the discretion of the committee.

Audio visual equipment

Each presentation room will be equipped for the use of Power Point slides and include a data projector, computer (with external speakers) and lectern. Multimedia clips should be embedded in your slides. Other audio-visual aids, such as Overhead Projectors, are not available.

For more information on audio and visual equipment contact the Conference information list at [email protected]

Presenters should bring their Power Point slides and associated media files to the Conference on a memory stick. If you have a complex presentation, which includes multiple media files, we suggest you bring your own laptop as a backup in case of difficulties loading your presentation.

Conference publications

Please signify on your abstract submission if you are interested in having your paper considered for potential publication.


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