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Australasian Regional Conference
 Ridley College
Melbourne, Australia
2nd - 4th August, 2023

The IASYM regional conference is an opportunity to present and discuss research related to ministry amongst children, youth and emerging/young adults in our region.

This three-day academic conference provides an opportunity for teachers, lecturers, researchers, research students, and practitioners across Australia, New Zealand and Oceania to engage with the latest scholarship and research as well as present their work to their colleagues for feedback and constructive criticism.

The program for 2023 offers three formats for engagement and interaction: research papers, emerging research, and workshops:

  • Research Papers are complete works of new research that are ready for constructive critical engagement. Research Papers must be submitted in advance of the conference and when presented 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.
  • Dialogue, workshop, or roundtable discussions present a topic that will benefit from interaction from diverse perspectives. These sessions are most often presented by a team of scholars/practitioners who have worked together to frame the dialogue.

This is an in-person with some online options available to those who can’t travel or be physically present in Melbourne.

Keynote presentations are in-person, and streamed.

Elective sessions can be presented in-person or online.

Submission of proposals has now closed

Full papers and workshop outlines of accepted papers must be submitted by Monday, 17 July, 2023.

More Information

For more information contact the chair of the Academic Committee, Dr Rowan Lewis, email

Registration and Accommodation

The conference is being hosted at Ridley College, 170 The Avenue, Parkville VIC, 3052.

Registration closes Friday 28 July at 5:00pm (Melbourne time).

All ticket prices are in Australian dollars:

IASYM fully-paid Members

Free affiliate members

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