Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions for ACE 2021 are now open

The Organising Committee invites the submission of abstracts of original work for consideration as presentations in the 2021 virtual conference program.



Abstract submissions open

Friday 19 March 2021

Abstract submissions close

Friday 23 April 2021

Submission outcome notification

Friday 14 May 2021

Author registration deadline

Friday 28 May 2021



  • Full Paper Presentation: 30 minutes
  • Special Session: 90 minutes – three presentations on a specific topic or theme with their connection made explicit by the special session leader/s.



  • Abstracts must be submitted by uploading a PDF in eOrganiser.
  • Abstracts must be submitted in English. Your abstracts must be print-ready.
  • Maximum number of words is 500 for Full Paper or 1,500 words for Special Session.
  • Please include the title of your abstract and author names and affiliations in the document.
  • Use standard abbreviations only. Within the body of the abstract, when using abbreviations spell out the name in full at first mention and follow with the abbreviation in parenthesis. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the name in full is outlined in the body of the abstract.
  • It is the responsibility of the submitting author to ensure that the submission has been approved by all authors.
  • The Organising Committee will not be responsible for any errors published.



Abstract submission is a two-step process. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure your submission is uploaded into the portal correctly.

STEP 1: Create an author account

Firstly, you must create an account to upload an abstract. To begin, access the eOrganiser submission portal. Click the ‘Create an Author Account’ link and enter your contact details. These details are required to create the account. Once you have created an account within this portal you can upload your submissions.

STEP 2: Submitting your abstract

Once you have logged into the eOrganiser submission portal, click the ‘Submit’ button to access the submission page. You will be required to provide the following details prior to uploading the abstract file:

  • Indicate your preferred presentation type.
  • Enter your paper title in the ‘Paper Title’ field.
  • Enter your abstract in the text field.
  • Add any additional email addresses to the email correspondence box (any email addresses entered here will be included in the correspondence emails that are sent to you).
  • Enter the name and organisation of all co-presenters and co-authors.
  • Ensure you indicate the presenting author(s) for the abstract and include a brief biography. The biography should be no more than 100 words.
  • Select your theme and sub-theme.



  • All abstracts must contain original work of the presenting author(s).
  • The presenting author must submit the abstract.
  • Abstracts must be submitted to the Conference Managers via eOrganiser by Friday 23 April 2021.
  • Abstracts will not be accepted via fax, email, mail or USB/CD.
  • All fields on the online abstract submission form must be completed.
  • Acceptance of abstracts for presentation at the conference will be on the basis of Committee selection.
  • All presenting authors will be required to register and pay for the conference by the author registration deadline of Friday 28 May 2021 to ensure that their abstract(s) are included in the final program.
  • It is the responsibility of the presenting author to ensure that the abstract is submitted correctly.
  • After an author has submitted their abstract, they must check their submission to ensure the document has been uploaded correctly. Authors can check their submission by clicking on the viewing option in the submission form.
  • The Conference Managers will not be held responsible for abstract submissions not received via the website or for submission errors caused by internet services outages or other unforeseen events.



Each abstract will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to the conference.
  2. Relevance to the professional context of delegates.
  3. Potential to contribute to the body of knowledge.



Notification of acceptance will be sent via email to the submitting author by Friday 14 May 2021. Acceptance or otherwise is at the discretion of the Organising Committee whose decision is final. All presenting authors must register and pay to attend the conference by the stipulated deadline.