VALA2022 Call for Submissions

VALA2022 – A Conference Re-Imagined

VALA2022 has been ‘re-imagined’ as a mashup event, merging the traditional 3-day Onsite program at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre with a new Online channel for those not able to attend in person.

The mashup allows VALA to broaden its extensive network and audience across the region and to offer new opportunities for content presentation.  It also extends the life of the Conference beyond the 3 days with the Online channel available to view on demand for all registered delegates for up to 6 months.

VALA2022 Bring IT On-Site!

The Onsite program will offer an extensive selection of plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, industry roundtables and critical conversations as well as opportunities to meet with Vendors and view the market’s latest products and services in the Exhibition Hall. Delegates will also have access to the Online Channel to explore an extensive selection of pre-recorded concurrent sessions, E-posters, Lightning Talks and the Vendor Marketplace.

VALA2022 Bring IT On-Line!

The daily Online program will feature 3-hours of live content including the plenary sessions live streamed from the Conference, bonus content from our keynote speakers and live Q&A plus pre-recorded concurrent sessions, E-Posters, Lightning Talks and the Vendor Marketplace to view on demand.

VALA2022 – Call for Submissions

The Call for Submissions for the 21st Biennial Conference, VALA2022 – Bring IT On! is now open.

VALA welcomes Submissions in all program categories:

Onsite Conference

  1. Concurrent Session Presentation (Peer Reviewed, non-Peer Reviewed optional)
  2. Critical Conversation
  3. Vendor Session Presentation

Online Channel

  1. Concurrent Session Presentation (Peer Review available to limited numbers, non-Peer Reviewed optional)
  2. E-Poster Presentation
  3. Vendor Session Presentation
  4. Lightning Talk

In making your Submission, you will nominate your preferred style of presentation and your preferred forum (Onsite or Online).

The Submission is an overview of the proposed presentation.

VALA welcomes Submissions for all presentation types for consideration by the Program Committee.

Peer Review

VALA’s valued Peer Review process will apply to all those seeking a place in the prestigious Onsite Concurrent Sessions program at the Conference, and a limited number of Online Concurrent Sessions by invitation.  If successful you are then required to prepare a paper (2500-4000 words) which will be published on the VALA2022 website and as the VALA2022 Conference Proceedings.

Key Dates

Submission Format Submission CloseNotification    Paper Due
Concurrent Peer Review (Onsite/Online) 10 Sep 202124 Sep 202115 Oct 2021
Concurrent Non-Peer Review (Onsite/Online)15 Oct 202129 Oct 202126 Nov 2021
Onsite Vendor Presentation (non-peer review)15 Oct 202129 Oct 202126 Nov 2021
Critical Conversation12 Nov 202126 Nov 2021n/a
Online Lightning Talk12 Nov 202126 Nov 2021n/a
Online E-Poster12 Nov 202126 Nov 2021n/a
Online Vendor Presentation12 Nov 202126 Nov 2021n/a


Deadline for presenters to register13 December 2021
Early Bird registration close13 December 2021
VALA Conference8 – 10 February 2022

Submission Acceptance

Acceptance or otherwise is at the discretion of the Program Committee. Notification will be sent to the contact author – see key dates above.

Please note that by lodging a Submission you indicate your intention to register for the Conference. (NOTE: All Submissions accepted to the program, in any format, will have access to 1 full conference registration at Speaker Rate.)

Core Concepts

VALA2022 has a focus on the future of technology in the information community. Submissions with a strong technology, R&D or future focus will be favourably considered. Nine Core Concepts further inform the program – read about them HERE.

Presentation Formats

VALA2022 offers opportunities for both traditional and innovative approaches to the development and delivery of conference content. Original research, case studies, emerging projects and “what went wrong” presentations are equally welcome.

Authors are invited to indicate their preferred presentation format when lodging a Submission, as follows:

Onsite Conference

  1. Concurrent Session Presentation (Peer Review, non-Peer Reviewed optional)
  2. Critical Conversation
  3. Vendor Session Presentation

Online Channel

  1. Concurrent Session Presentation (Peer Review offered to limited numbers, non-Peer Reviewed optional)
  2. E-Poster Presentation
  3. Vendor Session Presentation
  4. Lightning Talk

Find the Presentation Format right for you HERE.

Making a Submission

For detailed instructions on the preparation of your Submission please read the Preparing Your Submission page.

Notification of Acceptance

Contact Authors will be notified whether the Submission has been accepted or not – please see key dates above. Please ensure the details provided for the contact author are for the nominated main contact for your Submission. All correspondence relating to the Submission will be directed to this person, and they should in turn distribute to all co-authors/presenters.

Conference Registration

To be eligible to present in either the Onsite or the Online format, all authors and co-presenters are required to register by 13 December 2021 in order for the presentation to be included in the Conference Program.

Registration concessions in both the Onsite and Online formats are offered to accepted authors and will be available on the Registration Portal from 1 October 2021.

One Speaker rate registration is available per Submission accepted for presentation at VALA2022.

The invitation to present at VALA2022 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.

Other Important Information

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

You will be able to access your Portal account to review your Submission until the closing date of your chosen submission category – see key dates above. Submissions must be lodged by the main contact author who should complete all fields in the form.

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

Confirming your Submissions

You are required to double check your Submission has uploaded correctly during the upload process. If you have any concerns, please contact the Conference Office via T +61 3 9645 6311 or E

Further Enquiries

For any enquiries regarding Submissions please contact the Conference Office:

VALA2022 Conference Office
119 Buckhurst Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205
T +61 3 9645 6311E