We are now accepting submissions of abstracts for SMAANZ 2020. Please click here for submission details

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

SMAANZ 2020 – Call for Abstracts

“Facing the Future – Academic Research Supporting Industry Practice”


On behalf of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand and the University of Canberra, we invite you to submit an abstract and attend SMAANZ 2020 in Canberra, Australia. The conference will take place from 2-4 December 2020.


Canberra is without doubt the nerve centre of both sport and politics in Australia. Being home to the federal government and Sport Australia, the decisions which affect all Australians in sport and in life more broadly are made in Canberra. Not only this, but Canberra is also home to franchises/teams in several professional sports, including the current duel WNBL Champions, as well as a host of national governing bodies. Our vision for SMAANZ 2020 is focussed on connecting academia and industry and providing a relevant program for all parties. Consequently, the theme for the conference is “Facing the Future – Academic Research Supporting Industry Practice”. We believe this theme is highly important and relevant as all parties in sport seek practical outcomes and solutions driven by evidence.


We welcome abstracts on a broad range of sport management topics from grass roots to elite levels of the sport industry including management, leadership, governance, business, marketing, development, tourism, places, events, facilities, and impacts (economic, cultural, etc).  We particularly welcome any research on responding to the current pandemic.


Diverse methodological and theoretical approaches are encouraged, as well as papers with an applied or action focus that may be of particular interest to industry. Various abstract types related to completed or in-progress research are welcome, including empirical, methodological, conceptual, and teaching. All abstracts submitted for presentation at the conference must report on original research that has not previously been presented or published.


Two types of presentation will take place at SMAANZ 2020 (submissions should indicate a preference for one/ either):

1) Oral Presentations (20 minutes)

2) Enlightening Talks (6 minutes, 40 seconds)

Enlightening Talks will be PechaKucha format (i.e. 20 slides advancing automatically on a timer).

Please also note that details on the eligible Awards for this conference will be published soon.


Submission Guidelines

  • Word Document, one page maximum, 12-point Arial font, single spacing, no figures/tables
  • Include the full names of author(s) and institutional affiliation
  • In-text citations, but NO reference list
  • Authors may not appear on more than two abstracts, with the exception of student supervisors who should be identified as such. At least one author for each abstract accepted must register for the full conference and present their paper in person.
  • Abstracts should be attached to an email and sent to SMAANZ2020@canberra.edu.au
  • All submissions will be considered for an oral presentation by default. Pease indicate if you would like your presentation to be considered for an Enlightening Talk as well.


Review process

All abstracts will be subjected to a blind review on relevance to sport management; use of literature; clarity of purpose; use of appropriate methods and data analysis (if relevant); quality of discussion; and contribution to knowledge. Review and subsequent notification of decision will be carried out as abstracts are received.


SMAANZ 2020 Key Dates

  • 7th August 2020 – Deadline for abstract submission
  • 9th October 2020 – Early bird registration closes

2022 SMAANZ- Expression of Interest

The SMAANZ Board is inviting Expressions of Interest o host the 2022 SMAANZ conference. If further detail regarding hosting the 2022 SMAANZ conference is required, please contact Michael Naylor.

The expressions of interest will be assessed by the SMAANZ Board on the following selection criteria:

  • Experience in managing academic conferences
  • Experience in managing academic paper collection, distribution and return for the reviewing process
  • Track record of successful conferences and host University support
  • Track record in obtaining sponsorship
  • Range of services and ancillary events provided

Please submit all Expressions of Interest, regarding hosting the 2022 SMAANZ conference to Michael Naylor, SMAANZ Conference Liaison by Friday 27th November 2020

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