Paper Submission

We invite the submission of abstracts on topics pertinent to the conference themes. We also invite the submission of poster proposals covering new research and work in progress.

The conference themes examine the apparent rise of scepticism towards experts and expertise and its impact on policymaking in Australia and beyond. We are keen to explore how publics are thought about by policymakers and how expertise is engaged with in a diverse range of challenging policy areas including health, environment, social policy, emerging technologies and so on. We will engage with insights and research emerging from and across a variety of disciplines. We will promote engagement between scholars and practitioners trained in both the social sciences and the physical sciences.

Abstracts and/or poster proposals should relate to one or more of the conference themes, namely:

  • Expertise, knowledge and society
  • Expertise and policymaking in practice
  • Innovation and experimentation related to re-thinking expertise & policymaking

Call for Papers

In addition to specially-invited contributions, the organising committee is making an open call for papers. We invite the submission of abstracts on topics pertinent to the conference themes. We particularly welcome the submission of explicitly interdisciplinary work.

To have your abstract considered for acceptance, please submit before the abstract deadline of 5th November 2017 to msog-conference@unimelb.edu.au. Abstracts are to be a maximum of 300 words. Authors of accepted abstracts will be given a speaking slot at the conference to present their paper.

Call for Posters

Proposals for posters are invited. These are ideal for presenting research in progress and making your work known to a wider audience. There will be two poster sessions during the conference where accepted posters will be displayed. Proposals should be submitted not later than 15th January 2018 to msog-conference@unimelb.edu.au stating the title and providing a 100 word summary of the content. The acceptance or refusal of poster proposals will be advised within two weeks of submission.

Important Dates

Paper abstract submission deadline: 5th November 2017

Conference organisers’ response to proposal: 20th November 2017

Poster proposal deadline: 15th January 2018

Author paper acceptance: 27th November 2017

Author registration for conference: 15th December 2017

Conference Dates: 15-16 February 2018

Note to Authors

All costs of attending the conference, including the registration fee, must be met by presenters. A commitment by accepted presenters to attend the conference must be received in the form of payment and registration before 15th December 2017. A fee waiver by a presenter may be applied for.

The preparation and supply of any handouts or other materials used in any presentation will be the responsibility of the presenter(s).

The conference language will be English.