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Individuals who would like to prepare a paper for inclusion in the 2011 AILA National Conference are invited to submit an abstract.

A limited number of authors will be invited to  present their paper in a 30-minute timeslot in one of the plenary sessions.

The Conference program aims to inform, inspire and catalyse discussion and debate around the pressing contemporary issues facing landscape architecture design, planning, research and education.

Proposals for papers, therefore, should address the Conference’s general theme—Transform—as outlined in the conference curator’s briefing notes online.

Submitting your abstract

In preparing your abstract, please provide 3-4 keywords that link to and/or demonstrate how your paper will address the Conference theme.

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, submitted electronically in ‘Microsoft Word’ format (NOT as a pdf) by Monday, 1 November 2010

Submit your abstracts to this address: 

Review Process

An Editorial Panel has been formed to coordinate the process of reviewing abstracts and selection papers. All abstracts will be independently “blind” reviewed by two people. The reviewers will assess the abstracts for:

  • relevance to the target audience: Does the paper relate well to the Conference theme?

  • importance/applicability: How important is this topic and/or how applicable is the research to a contemporary professional audience?

  • currency: Does the paper take into account current research and thinking on the theme?

  • readability: Is the abstract clear, concise and coherent?

Authors will be notified of the results of the abstract review by mid-December 2010. The decisions of the Conference Editorial Panel are final and no further discussions will be entered into.

As noted, there will be a limited number of timeslots on the Conference program for presentations additional to the keynote speakers. Therefore, some abstracts considered relevant and important to include in the proceedings may be recommended for publication, but not be presented during the Conference.

The outcomes of the review process will be one of the following:

  • Abstract accepted for a paper to be presented at the Conference and published online in the proceedings after the Conference.

These final and fully developed papers should be 2,000-5,000 words in length and may be project-based, research or speculative papers. Having been accepted for conference presentation, the writers will be required to submit an extended abstract of 1,000-1,500 words for the pre-Conference publication.

Deadline for extended abstract: Monday, 28 February 2011

  • Abstract accepted for a paper to be included in the online pre-Conference proceedings but not presented at the Conference.

These papers will address similar themes as the first category, but may be shorter, but at least 2,000 words.

Deadline for papers (not presentation): Monday, 28 February 2011

  • Abstract not accepted for Conference presentation or online publication.

Abstracts and/or papers will only be included in the proceedings if the author has registered and paid to attend the Conference.


  • Monday, 20 September 2010 – Call for Abstracts

  • Monday, 1 November 2010 – Abstracts must be received by 2.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time by email to

  • Mid December – Editorial Panel will forward the results of the review of abstractsand provide information about next steps, eg. revision of the abstracts of accepted presentations.

  • End of February 2011– Deadline for papers to be included in the pre-Conference proceedings, but not presented; as well as the extended abstracts for those papers that will be presented.

  • April/May 2011 – Papers published online in the pre-Conference proceedings, which will include a mix of papers and presenters’ extended abstracts.

  • August 2011 – Conference presentation of selected papers

  • Mid September 2011 – Final Conference Proceedings published online.

 Abstract Formatting and Length

The initial abstract is to be 300 words. Final papers must be at least 2,000 and no more than 5,000 words.

Each abstract submission should include the following:

Cover sheet

  • Paper title, (14 pt, Arial, bold, centred, sentence case)
  • Two lines following paper title
  • Author(s) name(s); department and institution, company or agency (12 pt, Arial, centred, sentence case with principal author listed first)
  • Contact details for principal author (name, postal address, telephone, email address)

The abstract—on a separate page, no identification of author(s)

  • Paper title
  • 3-4 keywords
  • Abstract of 300 words maximum, excluding references; no more than one page, 11 pt, Arial
  • Do not include images with the abstract.


Conference speakers will be offered discounts on the Conference fees, but must cover all other costs.

Submitters and presenters of abstracts and papers must be committed to meet all deadlines

The AILA reserves the right to seek other presenters and papers beyond the Call for Papers.

The point of contact for this Call for Abstracts and subsequent submission of extended abstracts and papers is the AILA National Office.