As indicated by the conference title and theme, OCIES 2017 has the twofold purpose of enhancing critical debates and dialogue about the relationship between education and sustainable development and strengthening research relationships within and beyond Oceania. We are interested in proposals that explore how CIE can contribute, theoretically and practically, to education for sustainable development at global, regional and national levels, including those that challenge existing CIE knowledge and research approaches and seek to develop new knowledge and practice.

The OCIES 2017 convenors invite proposals from researchers, policymakers and practitioners from throughout the region and beyond. We see this conference as a significant opportunity to listen to and learn from each other, to both disseminate high quality academic research and share and analyse experiences of how things work in applied educational settings.

Types of proposal

OCIES 2015 invites proposals that connect to the overall theme in either general or specific terms. Proposals can be submitted in the form of:

  1. Individual papers (can include two co-authors)

All individual papers (from one or two author/presenters) will be programmed according to topic with no more than three other individual papers in a 90-minute session. Each presenter should plan a 15 – 20 minute individual presentation (power points welcome but not necessary). Each paper session will have an assigned Chair who will moderate and keep presenters to their allocated time. Submissions should contain:

    • 250-300 word abstract (setting out title, purpose or objectives, theoretical-conceptual perspectives, research approach, findings and conclusions/ implications)
    • Names, institutional affiliation, and email addresses of author(s)/presenter(s)
  1. Panel Discussions

Panel sessions provide an opportunity for in-depth discussion relating to a specific aspect of education and sustainable development by group of presenters who have developed the proposal together. A panel session will be allocated either 60 or 90 minutes depending on the number of presenters involved (3 for 60 min session, 4-5 for 90 mins). These sessions are to be facilitated by a nominated Chair and can include a Discussant. Proposals should include the following:

    • Summary of up to 500 words describing the aspect of education and development to be discussed, key questions to be addressed and how the session will be structured (title and 100-150 word descriptor for each panellist’s contribution).
    • A list of the names and institutional affiliations of the nominated Chair, up to 4 panelists and Discussant if included.
    • Room set up requirements
  1. Workshops

Workshops will be practical in approach and allocated a 60 minute session. Workshop proposals should include the following information:

    • Summary of up to 500 words describing the rationale and objectives of the workshop, the target audience and planned workshop activities.
    • A list of the names and institutional affiliations of the workshop facilitators.
    • Details of any technical support, other than a standard computer and data projector, if needed
    • Room set up requirements
  1. Roundtables/Talanoa

Roundtable/Talanoa sessions are a new presentation format, designed to allow for maximum interaction among presenters and between presenters and attendees. We will consider two types of Roundtable/Talanoa proposals:

(i) A single-session structured roundtable will be allocated 90 minutes and be chaired by the person submitting the proposal who will be knowledgeable about the focus of the session and who will have invited 4-6 presenters to participate. The chairperson will be responsible for facilitating interaction and participation throughout the session. Each presenter will be allocated 5-7 minutes to be followed by collective discussion between each other and with attendees. Single session roundtable proposals should include the following:

    • A title/topic
    • Preferred language for the session
    • Summary of up to 300 words describing the purpose of the roundtable and the types of activities to be included
    • The names, institutions/organisations and 100 words (approx.) about each presenter’s focus/approach
    • Room set-up requirements

(ii) A multi-session talanoa/roundtable will be allocated two or three 90 minute sessions to allow for interlinked conversations around the same theme/topic. The same person may chair/mediate more than one of the linked talanoa sessions or each may have a different chairperson. Chairpersons should be knowledgeable about the broad focus of the session(s) and the talanoa process. The proposer/chairperson-mediator will be responsible for setting the conditions for participation and inviting participants. It is expected that as well as the stated number of participants who will address the topic, these sessions will be open to attendees, primarily there to listen and learn but who may be included in the talanoa as the chair/mediator determines.   Multi-session talanoa/roundtable proposals should include the following:

    • A title/theme/topic
    • Number of 90 minute interlinked sessions requested (2 or 3)
    • Preferred language(s) for the linked sessions
    • Summary of up to 500 words describing the purpose and objectives of the multi-session talanoa/roundtable, the sub-themes/topics and types of activities to be included and the process to be followed.
    • For each interlinked session please include
  • 100 words about the sub-topic/theme
  • chairperson’s name
  • number of invited participants
    • Room set-up requirements

Submission Deadline

Proposal submission closes on July 15. You will receive notification of your submission’s acceptance no later than August 15

Submitting your proposal

Proposals can be submitted in either English or French via the online proposal submission.

If you have any questions about these guidelines please send by email a message to: or