Following our prior communication that the SMAANZ Conference planned for Canberra will be postponed to 2021, we are excited to release details of SMAANZ Week 2020, to be held from Monday 30 November to Friday 4  December, 2020.

The events will take part over the week in an online format, with opportunities for members and the wider community to join in activities as they like over the week.

In our planning, we have sought to design a program which encourages scholarly inquiry, provides a forum to present and communicate research, and facilitates academic networking. Of course, the online setting provides challenges, but also opportunities to revisit and trial some new initiatives.

The provisional plans for SMAANZ week include:

  • Multiple 90 minute ‘live’ academic sessions around different sport management themes. Each will contain four (10 minute) presentations and a discussion or panel, facilitated by a selected theme leader from the SMAANZ Community
  • A series of ‘pre-recorded’ presentations and content available for viewing and feedback over the event
  • An awards session highlighting award winners (featuring best paper, student award and industry engagement awards)
  • Daily 60 minute lunchtime workshops
  • Two Industry Panels – featuring high profile speakers on prominent topics
  • Online social and networking activities
  • A HDR event including sessions partnered with CAUTHE and ANZALS
  • Face to face social events held in satellite venues anywhere that multiple SMAANZ Week 2020 attendees may reside*

*We aim to facilitate concurrent, small networking events in multiple cities during the week. These will be announced pending local restrictions in December 2020

SMAANZ Week Conference Program Draft

The program will consist of multiple opportunities to present academic work and research in multiple formats including:

  • 10-minute presentations as part of a live online session
  • 10-minute pre-recorded presentations (accepted presenters to this format will need to provide a ten-minute video that can be shared publically as part of the program).

The call for papers/abstracts is now live (see below), with submissions open until September 1, 2020. In line with the process for SMAANZ conferences, all submitted work will undergo a double-blind peer-review process with submission accepted for presentation at ‘SMAANZ Week 2020’.

When you submit your abstract you can select to be considered for either format (i.e. live session or pre-recorded presentation), but please note that given the format of the online sessions and potential for high demand, there may be limited opportunities to present as part of the live sessions (which will run between 11 am and 5 pm NZDT | 9 am and 3 pm AEDT). As such, while we will ask for preferences when you submit an abstract, the SMAANZ Week 2020 organising group and theme leader for each session will make selections of the presentations to be featured in live sessions based on peer review and reviewer feedback.

With a view to maximising the impact of SMAANZ Week 2020 and the visibility of the work of the community, SMAANZ will be making all activities free of charge for the community, including current and past members, as well as those in the wider sport management community.

In addition, the board has made the decision to extend all current SMAANZ members through to September 2021 for no charge. That means if you attended the 2019 SMAANZ Conference in Christchurch, or have joined as a SMAANZ full or HDR member since October 1, 2019, you will remain a SMAANZ member through to September 30, 2021.

A reminder for non-members, that if you wanted to vote in the SMAANZ elections in 2020 or be eligible for any SMAANZ awards in 2020 or 2021, you will need to register as a member, which you can do online at any time.

Registration details for SMAANZ Week 2020 will be updated shortly.

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SMAANZ Week will be a multidisciplinary conference targeting innovative and thought-provoking research on a broad range of sport management topics, including the management, marketing, impacts, and governance of sport, sport events, and sport facilities at all levels. We welcome papers utilising diverse methodological and theoretical approaches, as well as papers with an applied or action focus that may be of particular interest to industry.

The Call for Abstracts is now open.

We invite the submission of a variety of abstract types, including empirical, methodological, conceptual, and teaching. Completed research or research in progress is welcomed.

  • Deadline for abstract submission: Tuesday 1 September
  • Notification of acceptance: Friday 18 September

We are seeking abstracts for 10-minute presentations.

Presentations will be either asynchronous or synchronous for SMAANZ Week 2020.

We welcome abstracts on a wide range of sport management topics. All abstracts submitted for presentation at the conference must contain original research that has not previously been presented, scheduled or under review for presentation, published or accepted for publication, and if under review, must not appear in print before the conference.

Abstracts must be 1 page all-inclusive. Please use 12 point Arial font, single spacing. Please include the full names of author(s) and institutional affiliation. Abstracts should not include figures and tables. Include in-text citations but NOT a list of references – acknowledgement of relevant prior research and sources of words, ideas and data is expected.

Authors’ names may not appear on more than two abstracts and subsequent presentations, with the exception of research supervisors on first-author student submissions. In such cases, please indicate the author who is a research supervisor.

Abstracts should be produced as an MS Word document, and submitted and attached through the SMAANZ Week 2020 Form. Please note, we will not be accepting submissions via email.

Please ensure all questions are answered on the form including:

  • Presentation category (empirical research, methodological, conceptual, teaching)
  • Keywords (up to 5 keywords and/or phrases)
  • The principal author’s contact information
  • Preference for either Synchronous or Asynchronous presentation during SMAANZ Week 2020

All abstracts will be subjected to a blind review.

Abstracts will be reviewed based on the relevance of the chosen topic to sport management; use of relevant literature; clarity of purpose; use of appropriate methods and data analysis (if relevant); quality of discussion; and contribution to knowledge.

Presenters and all others will be able to register for SMAANZ Week 2020 at no cost.

We also at this stage would like to invite your ideas and suggestions for the week. If you have an idea or proposal for a workshop or event, or any questions, please contact:

Sarah Wymer
SMAANZ Week 2020
Conference Manager

info@smaanz.org