Australia community engagement conference

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"Engaging for a Sustainable Future"

** Call for Abstracts Due March 1st **

Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance National
Conference, 9 - 11 July 2008

Sunshine Coast & Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

The AUCEA National Conference 2008 will be held from 9 - 11 July on the 
Sunshine and Fraser Coasts, Queensland, Australia and will be
presented by conference host, the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) 
in collaboration with the Australian Universities Community
Engagement Alliance (AUCEA).

The conference will commence on the campus of the University of the 
Sunshine Coast at Sippy Downs, but will be translocated on 10 July to
Kingfisher Bay Resort on the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.

Under the banner of "Engaging for a Sustainable Future" the conference 
will address four sub-themes on University-Community Engagement:

Responding to the needs of the region / community
In this theme we are interested in those experiences and settings that 
highlight the determinants of creating quality and sustainable
partnerships between the university and its region and community.

Measurement and evaluation
This will explore the way engagement processes and the outcomes to which 
they contribute are assessed in the institution and the
community, and how continuous improvement results from these assessments.

Theory and policy development
These are lessons we have learnt locally and internationally that help 
us towards identifying the key factors in furthering the
development of theory and institutional policy as it impacts on the 
sustainability of regions and communities through access to knowledge
and university engagement.

Local engagement with a global importance
In this theme we are interested in those university engagement 
initiatives that are bringing about significant change at the
community level in areas that are globally important - now and  into the 
future, across the economic, social, cultural and environmental
spectrum, as well as providing engaged learning and research for students.

Tailored for the research and academic, corporate, and government 
sectors, the conference will present a dynamic program of keynote
addresses, panel discussions, and presentations of cutting-edge 
research; while also incorporating case study break-out sessions on
putting University-Community Engagement into practice.

For more information, or to download a copy of the Call For Papers, 
visit the Conference Website:
Best regards,
Norbert Steinhaus

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