VALA2020 Call for Abstracts

VALA2020 – Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts is now open for the 20th Biennial Conference, VALA2020 – Focus on the Future.

VALA welcomes the online submission of abstracts for consideration by the Program Committee; abstracts will be accepted up to and including Tuesday 30 April 2019.


Monday 25 February 2019Abstract submission open
Tuesday 30 April 2019Abstract submission close
Friday 7 June 2019Notification of abstract acceptance
Friday 23 August 2019Full Paper submission due
Friday 29 November 2019Deadline for presenters to register
Friday 29 November 2019Early Bird registration close
11 – 13 February 2020VALA2020 Conference


Acceptance or otherwise is at the discretion of the Program Committee. Notification will be sent to the contact author by 7 June 2019.

Please note that in submitting an abstract you indicate your intention to register for the Conference. (NOTE: All abstracts accepted to the program, in any format, will have access to 1 full conference registration at Speaker Rate.)


VALA2020 has a focus on the future of technology in the information community. Abstracts with a strong technology, R&D or future focus will be favourably considered. Nine Core Concepts further inform the program – read about them HERE.


VALA2020 offers opportunities for both traditional and innovative approaches to the development and delivery of conference content. Original research, case studies, literature review, emerging projects and “what went wrong” presentations are equally welcome.

New formats are on offer at VALA2020 and authors are invited to indicate their preferred presentation format when submitting an abstract, as follows:

  1. Concurrent Session Presentation
  2. Critical Conversation, café style (NEW to VALA2020)
  3. E-Poster and informal presentation
  4. Speaker’s Corner (NEW to VALA2020)
  5. Vendor Session Presentation (NEW to VALA2020)

All sessions will be of 30 minutes duration.

Find the Presentation Format right for you HERE.


For detailed instructions on the preparation of your abstract please read the Abstract Preparation page.


Authors and co-presenters will be able to register their full or day conference attendance via the Registration Portal from 2 September 2019. One (1) Speaker rate registration is available per abstract accepted for presentation at VALA2020.

The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the Conference. Similarly, no presenter fee is paid to successful participants.

All presenters must register and pay for the Conference by 29 November 2019 in order for the presentation to be included in the Conference Program.


  • All abstracts must be prepared according to the guidelines provided.
  • Incomplete or incorrect abstracts will be returned to the author and must be re-submitted immediately in the correct format to be considered for inclusion in the program.
  • All fields on the online abstract submission form must be completed.

You will be able to access your Abstract Presentation Portal account to review your abstract until 30 April 2019. Abstracts must be submitted by the presenting author who should complete all fields on the online submission form.

Submission of your abstract/s implies you have read, understood and comply with the Terms and Conditions as outlined in the Abstract Presentation Portal.


You are required to double check your abstract has uploaded correctly during the upload process. If you have any concerns, please contact the Conference Office via T +61 3 9907 8634 or E


For any enquiries regarding abstract submission please contact the Conference Office:

VALA2020 Conference Office

Sophie Warner
Program Coordinator

119 Buckhurst Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205
D +61 3 9907 8634
T +61 3 9645 6311
F +61 3 9645 6322