Asia-Pacific LSP (Languages for Specific Purposes) & Professional Communication Association Conference 2017
Call for Papers

Asia-Pacific LSP and Professional Communication Association Conference invites submissions of abstracts for individual papers, colloquia and posters.

Theme - Collaborating and sharing knowledge
Our conference seeks ways to facilitate conversations between Language for Specific Purposes and Professional Communication scholars and practitioners from the Asia-Pacific region and further afield, and to encourage learning through mutual collaboration between us all.

  • Applied linguistics and professional practices
  • Chris Candlin contribution to the field (see further details on this topic below)
  • Discipline specific language
  • English for academic purposes
  • Facilitating conversations with our Asia Pacific partners
  • Genre
  • Language for specific purposes
  • Language for vocational purposes
  • Professional discourse
  • Professional communication (business, science, law, education and medicine)
  • Teaching and learning for communication
  • Workplace communication
  • Other (please specify)

Trading Places, Creating Spaces: A Symposium in Honour of Chris Candlin
In referencing the title of his plenary at the inaugural 2008 Asia-Pacific Conference, this symposium aims to mark out, acknowledge and celebrate Chris Candlin’s quite exceptional contribution to theory, research and practice in LSP and professional communication.  His concern to privilege a broad view of language and professional communication, to ensure that the Asia-Pacific association be “a force for exchange and innovation” in research, practice and training, and to bring to light the methodological and analytical challenges in particular research problems that will also have practical relevance, characterize not only his rich insights and vision for the field but also his abiding interest in the answerability of intellectual endeavour.  The symposium will conclude with a brief discussion of the legacy of Chris Candlin’s work as we endeavour to identify contemporary challenges (in both research and practice) for the fields of languages for specific purposes, and professional and organizational communication in the Asia-Pacific region. 

  • Paper: 25 minutes including 5 minutes for questions/responses
  • Colloquia: 2 hours (3 contributors + a discussant)
  • Poster (to be presented at designated times throughout the conference)
Learn more about the presentation formats.

The maximum length for abstracts is 300 words with a 150 word version for the conference handbook.

Abstract submissions have closed.

Submission form templates:

Don't worry if you do not have the final version of your submission right now. You will have the ability to login and amend your details right up until the deadline for abstract submission closes on Friday 21 October 2016. After this date, your submission will be sent for review for inclusion in the programme.

Need help with your submission? Please contact the conference organiser on +64 4 562 8259 or email 

Evaluation of Proposals
All abstracts will be double-blind reviewed.

Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of the following:
  • relevance to the conference theme
  • technical / analytical content and accuracy
  • significance of the work
  • appropriateness for conference
  • style and clarity of the submission
  • originality of content

The Programme Committee reserves the right to decline any submission without providing reasons. All submitters will receive an email advising the outcome of their proposal.

Conditions of Submissions
  • The Programme Committee reserves the right to accept your proposal under a different category, for example, accepting a paper as a poster.
  • Presenters who have been accepted must register for the conference and pay by 31 January 2017. Conference registration will open early in November 2016.
  • The conference programme will be published on the conference website in November 2016.
  • Presenters are required to organise and pay for their own travel and accommodation arrangements. The Conference Organisers have secured accommodation at a variety of locations around Wellington and details about this accommodation will be available for booking when registering for the conference.

Important Dates
  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: 11:59pm Friday 4 November 2016 (extended)
  • Notification of Acceptance: December 2016
  • Early bird registration opens: Monday 5 December 2016
  • Early bird registration closes: Friday 3 March 2017
  • Deadline for accepted presenters to register and pay: 30 January 2017

Paper presentation – 25 minutes (20 minute presentation, 5 minute questions)
This is a lecture style presentation which may be supported with visual material, demonstrations and handouts. Paper presentations will be allocated 20 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions and answers. These presentations will occur in concurrent streams.

Colloquia – 2 hours (3 contributors + a discussant)
Colloquia provide an opportunity for several presenters with a related theme or topic to present together in a supportive environment. Colloquia organisers may divide the time slot they are allotted as they choose but time should be allocated for opening and closing remarks, presentations, and audience interaction. It is the responsibility of the symposium chair to organise their group.

All colloquia submissions must be uploaded to the submission site using the Colloquia submission form template provided above.

Posters are for one-on-one discussion of a conference-related theme or topic. They are especially effective for information that can be presented visually (e.g. photos, charts, graphs, tables). There will be a block of time allocated when presenters will be available to discuss their posters, and posters will be displayed in the trade exhibition/catering area. Presenters are encouraged to consider posters because of the opportunity they provide for the inclusion of more presenters and for extended discussion with other teachers and researchers. You will be assigned a space to display your poster which will fit one A0 size sheet.

Guidelines for poster design:
  • Your poster should be no larger than A0: 1189 x 841 mm / 118.9 x 84.1 cm (landscape or portrait).
  • Provide an overview of the key elements you wish to present about your teaching practice or research, including objectives, the process, outcomes or findings, implications, references etc. 
  • Utilise graphics, tables or other relevant visuals to illustrate the main points; use colour if possible. 
  • Your poster should have a clear focus and be well organised in order to guide the reader through the poster.
  • Avoid overwhelming detail. Keep it simple, both in terms of the language and visuals used. 
  • Choose a readable font, large enough to be read from about 1m away (titles/main headings from about 2m distance).
  • You may wish to prepare a handout which you can also pin to the poster board.
  • Include the title, your name and affiliation in the display.
  • Consider how your poster might encourage conversation.