The SMAANZ Board is delighted to announce the city of Canberra and University of Canberra as the hosts of the 2020 SMAANZ Conference (#smaanz2020). The conference will be held 2-4 December, 2020, with academic and meeting sessions held at the University of Canberra. The organising committee consists of Stirling Sharpe, Dr Catherine Ordway, Associate Professor Tracey J. Dickson, and Charles Mountifield of the University of Canberra’s Faculty of Health and the Canberra Business School.
A message from the SMAANZ 2020 Co-Chairs (31st March 2020)
Your 2020 Conference organising committee is looking forward to welcoming you to the University of Canberra in December.
We recognise that the world we live in has changed dramatically for many of us and our families very recently, and with this in mind we would like to echo the sentiments from SMAANZ President Adam Karg – we will remain flexible in our approach to the conference as we would like to have as many of you as possible present at the conference. For now, we have set the following deadlines.
- Abstract submission – open now until Friday August 7
- Early bird registration – Friday October 9
- Conference – December 2-4, 2020
Abstract review will be on a rolling basis for this year – we anticipate that each submission will have a response within three weeks. Therefore, if you have something ready, please send it in now – don’t be shy!
For those that are cautious about submitting an abstract and booking travel, please refer to the SMAANZ Conference Refund Policy
For those on Twitter (and following @SMAANZBoard) you would have seen that we have announced the venues for our two core social events. The opening cocktail welcome function will be held in Kings Hall at Old Parliament House. This stunning venue is where many important decisions in Australia’s sporting history were made. The closing ceremony dinner will be held in the Gordon Darling Hall at the National Portrait Gallery. These national institutions are on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin and our functions will include access to the exhibitions on display at both OPH and the Gallery.
Please keep an eye out for further updates from your conference organising committee – we have many new initiatives and guest speakers that we will be exited to share with you as details are finalised. We will also share with you some of our recommendations and best kept secrets for visiting Canberra!
We hope that you remain safe and healthy in these difficult times.
Stirling Sharpe and Catherine Ordway
2020 SMAANZ Co-Chairs