Call for proposals


By moving beyond just creating sustainable campuses and curricula, institutions can realise their unique potential to champion sustainable development and shape a motived generation of leaders with the skills to tackle the critical environmental, economic and socio-political challenges we face today. We must recognise the urgency of these challenges and expand our impact to become global leaders working towards a sustainable future.

Why present at the ACTS Conference?

This is your chance to present at a conference that features a wide range of learning and knowledge sharing opportunities: plenary sessions; inspirational case study presentations; site tours, and; facilitated networking events all feature within the 3-day program. The focus for all sessions is to actively engage attendees in interactive learning relevant to the conference theme.

Deadlines and important dates

* Dates and deadlines are subject to change.

Program and submission structure

The structure of the ACTS Conference program is based on the Learning in Future Environments framework. Our four conference streams sit within the four LiFE framework Priority Areas.

  • Leadership and Governance  This stream incorporates aspects of leadership, staff engagement and human resources. With the increasing responsibilities being placed on senior management, there are further demands for governing bodies to review the non-financial risks and opportunities that may impact on an institution. Leadership and Governance examines and encourages not only ambitious strategic intent but also focuses on building capacity through human capital and development.
  • Partnership and Engagement  This stream incorporates aspects of business and industry interface, community and public engagement and procurement and suppliers. It is widely accepted that educational institutions, and especially those which are publicly funded, have a civic duty or social responsibility to engage with the wider community. Partnerships and Engagement considers external engagement but also considers the importance of internal communities and how these can be supported and developed to the benefit of the individual and the institution.
  • Learning and Teaching  This stream incorporates aspects of learning, teaching and student engagement. Through formal and informal curricula, skills training and development, knowledge transfer and research, institutions will have a significant, positive long-term impact on society. Ensuring students are exposed to learning experiences that maximise their opportunities to graduate as sustainability-literate citizens are arguably the most important step towards a sustainable future.
  • Facilities and Operations  This stream incorporates aspects of biodiversity, sustainable ICT, utilities, travel, transport, construction and renovation, resource efficiency and waste. The Facilities and Operations stream provides an opportunity for institutions to demonstrate how they are planning, managing and implementing measures through sustainable development and addressing social responsibility across campus and the built environment.

The Sustainable Development Goals

All Conference proposal submissions will be asked to identify which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) their session’s content relates to. Furthermore, proposals that demonstrate objectives aimed at understanding, committing to and/or delivering the SDGs will be highly regarded in consideration for the conference program.

Visit the UN SDG Knowledge Platform for more detailed information on each of the 17 goals.

Presentation types

A presentation type is the kind of session, or format you wish to deliver your presentation at the conference.

  • Case study (30/45/60 minutes)  Presentation sharing good practices and experiences on a broadly applicable and replicable topic. Proposals must demonstrate how the presentation will actively engage participants in interactive learning.

  • Workshop (60 minutes)  Workshops provide participants with professional development opportunities by presenting hands-on tools and/or resources. Interactive sessions are structured with small group learning activities.
  • Roundtable/Panel  Chaired topical discussion; that may have a panel of experts. The session can address multiple perspectives on a project, topic, or initiative fostering conversation and brainstorming with the audience.
  • Poster  Visual presentations of practice or research to be displayed during conference. A poster session will take place allowing the author to give a short overview of their poster and answer any questions. It is the responsibility of the author to bring their poster and mount it before the conference begins. (Presentation size A2).
  • Professional development  Interactive Professional Development sessions must be delivered by presenters with experience in leading and facilitating outcome driven workshops. Two concurrent three hour PD sessions are available in the program.

Level of presentations

Those submitting presentation proposals are asked to objectively evaluate the project you’re presenting and to select the most appropriate level as defined below.

  • Just Starting  Campaign/initiative/research is still in its infancy and/or based on a well-established/documented program.
  • Intermediate  Campaign/initiative/research has advanced beyond planning and initial implementation stages and/or represents innovation in the sector.
  • Advanced  Campaign/initiative/research is well advanced in its implementation and/or highly innovative. Can demonstrate evaluated data and/or conclusions.

Business and corporate partners

ACTS and our institutional members work closely with a large number of affiliate and corporate organisations to undertake research, deliver products and services and develop innovative solutions for the education and sustainability sectors. The results of these partnerships are highly relevant to our delegation and the conference theme. To support and share the outcomes of these collaborations, ACTS provides the opportunity for a limited number of sponsored presentations by businesses or corporate organisations to be included in the conference program.

Sponsored presentations are the only channel for industry partners to be included in the conference program. These sessions must focus on results and/or outcome driven case studies that are relevant to sustainability practitioners, researchers, and educators. Discounted opportunities are available for those that co-present directly a representative from an ACTS Institutional Member.

For further information on available opportunities please contact ACTS’ General Manager, Rhiannon Boyd,

Presenter guidelines

  • Proposals must be submitted by completion of the ‘Conference presentation application form’, submitted online via the ACTS website within the submission deadlines.

  • Deadlines are set. There will be no deadline extensions or exceptions.

  • All potential presenters and authors must be listed on the proposal as each individual is limited to two (2) conference presentations. There is no limit to the number of proposals that may be submitted by any institution or organisation during the call for proposals and papers.

  • Presenters must be prepared to accept recommendations from the Conference Organising Committee and editor/reviewers regarding any revisions that are deemed to be appropriate for the final presentation.

  • Acceptance of a proposal is deemed to have the approval of all authors/presenters for uploading on the ACTS website. Authors retain all copyright of their materials.

  • Current ACTS members receive discounted conference registration pricing. Membership extends to every person at a member institution or organisation. Not a member, but would like to be? Learn about ACTS membership and sign up today to take advantage of discounted conference rates and a multitude of other benefits!

  • To thank you for contributing content to the ACTS Conference, one presenter for each successful conference proposal will receive a 10% discount on a full conference registration. Presenters must register by August 23, 2019 to receive the discount.

  • All presenters must be registered by October 4, 2019. Presenters who do not register by the deadline risk having their presentation removed from the program.

  • All presenters are required to complete a 2-page case study (template provided) in conjunction with their presentation, to be shared as a resource with the ACTS network.

  • Authors/presenters are responsible for bringing to the conference any handouts or resources they wish to distribute. Please note that we aim to have minimal waste for the event, and are happy to assist with the distribution of online resources and materials.

  • The decision of the Conference Organising Committee on the acceptance of proposals is final and binding.