19-21 April, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia

The IASYM regional conference is an opportunity for those involved in children’s, youth and emerging/young adult ministry as teachers, lecturers, researchers or thoughtful practitioners across Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

The conference provides an opportunity to engage with the latest scholarship and research related to Christian ministry among young people as well as a forum for building stronger networks.

The program for 2018 offers three formats for engagement and interaction: research papers, emerging research and research skills workshops:

Research Papers present new research in children’s, youth and emerging/young adult ministry submitted by conference delegates. In each session the presentation will be followed by a prepared response as well as group discussion.

Emerging Research sessions provide an opportunity to share ‘works-in-progress’ and developing thoughts as well as completed ideas not yet established in a formal paper. These sessions provide an opportunity for new or emerging researchers (whether engaged in formal study or as a thoughtful practitioner) to road-test ideas and receive feedback in a constructive environment.

Research Skills Workshops offer professional development opportunities to assist delegates in the craft of research. A workshop session could look at software to aid research and writing, how to develop a PhD proposal, tips for turning research into publications.

Submit your proposals no later than 31 October by 3 November (i.e. the end of next week) 2017 via email to australia@iasym.net

Proposals for Research papers and Emerging research should include a 200 word abstract, along with the author’s name, email address, and academic institution or place of employment.

Proposals for Workshops should include a description of the workshop content of no more than 200 words and may include suggested workshop leader if other than the person proposing the workshop. The proposal should include the proposer’s name, email address, and academic institution or place of employment.

Notification of acceptance will be delivered to authors by 21 November, 2017.

Full papers and workshop outlines must be completed by 5 March, 2018.


Venue and Accommodation


For more information email australia@iasym.net

Melbourne 2018: Call for Papers