Women Leading Education
Abstracts & Submissions
Call for Proposals

Traditional conference formats continue to constrain and restrain opportunities for women to share their work in meaningful and progressive ways. In an endeavor to do things differently, we invite delegates to think creatively and explore other ways of presenting their work. For example, you might consider integrating movie footage, a dance, a poem, a story, a song, a sculpture, a painting, weaving or an interactive activity as appropriate ways of engaging your audience.

The possibilities are many and this conference will provide a safe context for experimentation. Or, you may feel more comfortable with the traditional conference presentation format. You may present on your own, or with others. You will have a maximum of 30 minutes and we ask that you allow at least 10 minutes within that time for audience engagement, participation, dialogue and questions.

The programme committee for International Women Leading Education invites proposals for the WLE 2015 New Zealand Conference to be held in Hamilton, 31 August - 3 September 2015. 

The submission of original work related to women and educational leadership is welcome. Proposal abstracts may report the results of completed research, describe research in progress, or present a position, case study or narrative on an issue related to the conference theme. The work of postgraduate students is welcome and encouraged. 

Presentation Formats

The following presentation formats are possible at the conference:

Oral presentation (20 mins) – Share your paper/ research and respond to audience questions at the end of your presentation. Your presentation will be positioned with others of associated relevance. A member of the WLE group will chair the session.

Workshop (40 mins) - Participants will get familiar with your research/ paper through engaging in planned and interactive activities directly related to your research.

Presenters of accepted proposals must also provide conference organizers with an electronic summary of their papers or PowerPoint slides prior to the conference commencing.

All proposal submissions will be peer reviewed and acceptance will be based on:

  • Suitability and alignment to the conference topic;
  • Clarity of the proposal; 
  • Potential to engage audience and generate discussion;
  • Statement of purpose, theoretical framework or processes, findings, and conclusions;

Notification of acceptance will be sent via email to the lead author after the peer review process has been completed. It is the responsibility of the lead author to communicate with other listed authors involved in the paper.

Proposal Guidelines

The abstract text should be limited to 250 words. (This applies to the main body of the abstract only and excludes the abstract title, authors, affiliations and references).

All proposals in the form of an abstract must be submitted on the template provided through the following link - abstract submissions. Proposals must be received by 10 June 2015.

Further Communication:

Upon submission of abstracts – the lead author will be contacted with the confirmation or decline of acceptance. After the payment of registration fees, each delegate will receive a registration confirmation letter and receipt of payment.