Invitation to Submit

On behalf of the Program Committee, we invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the combined ISANA conference being held at the Christchurch Town Hall, New Zealand, 24-27 November 2020.

All submissions will undergo a peer review process by the Program Committee. The Program Committee will allocate accepted submissions to the program, taking into account the quality of each abstract, the balance of the program and the relevance to the overall conference theme: Managing challenges and nurturing resilience in international education. 


This conference seeks to explore evidence based practice in international education by looking at the following sub themes;

  • Student wellbeing and pastoral care
    • Innovative strategies and programs
    • Reflections from the impact of Convid-19 virus and similar events
    • Managing resources and expectations in supporting students
    • Building social and academic connections for disengaged students


    Intercultural connection and enhancing student experience

    • Community engagement connectivity
    • Collaborations across sector and services
    • Student influenced programmes and strategies
    • Alumni engagement onshore and offshore


    Connecting practice, policy and research

    • Updates on research in international education
    • Policies and legislative changes and impacts
    • Best practice and evidence-based learning, teaching and support strategies
    • Learning analytics, data and evaluations to influence innovative practice


    International education leadership and professional practice

    • Developing professional pathways and standards
    • Informing internal training and development
    • Communities of practice and benchmarking
    • Leading change in international education
    • Business sustainability


12th June 2020

Peer Reviewed and Non-refereed Abstracts Due

10th July 2020

Non-refereed Abstract Notification

4th September 2020

Peer reviewed Articles Due

2nd November 2020

Peer reviewed Article Reviews Returned

14th October 2020

Early Bird Registration Closes

Presentation Portal


To submit a presentation you will be asked to enter your email address and create a password.

Once you have created an account you can submit abstracts. You can log back in to submit more abstracts and to register for the conference.

Presentation Formats

While you will be asked to indicate your preferred presentation format, the program committee may request an alternative format be considered. The committee will allocate presentations to the program taking into account the preference of authors and the balance of the program.

We anticipate that authors will be the principal presenter for at most one featured presentation, but may be the principal presenter for more than one impact presentation and display poster.

(abstract 200-250 words and oral presentation 25 minutes including questions)

These will not go through the referee process, yet are expected to be of relevance to the theme of the conference and of interest to the participants. An editorial team will judge if and how they can fit into the program.

(abstract 200-250 words and oral presentation 25 minutes including questions)

A non-refereed oral presentation category for students or student-led presentations.

(abstract 200-250 words and interactive workshop 60-90 minutes including questions)

A workshop with a theme emphasising practical solutions. We are hoping to get people who wish to teach others some skills and pass on knowledge and practical steps they have taken to improve their services and/or improve the experience of the students. Workshops should involve a significant degree of participation from those in attendance. It is not meant to be a lecture.

(abstract 200-250 words, full paper and oral presentation 25-30 minutes including questions)

A refereed article is one that is considered of publishable standard by one’s peers in the field of study. This format is mostly relevant to Academics and Researchers. The process of refereeing involves sending the full article to Academics and Researchers in the field with experience who check carefully the literature review, research methodology, results and conclusion. All articles are double-blind peer reviewed.  Decisions on acceptance is based on reviewer recommendation.

For academics, researchers and students submitting this format, an abstract is submitted first, prior to request for a full paper. The full paper will then be subjected to the double-blind refereeing process. The final paper will only be accepted when the referees and editors are satisfied with the quality and standard of the academic paper.

Full paper maximum of 8000 words. Abstract is are NOT included in this word count but references are.  DOWNLOAD THE ARTICLE TEMPLATE HERE.

(abstract 200-250 words, full paper and oral presentation 25-30 minutes including questions)

A Doctoral Consortium for PhD and other doctoral candidates will be held on Day 3 of the conference. The Doctoral Consortium is a workshop for research students who are in the early to mid phases of their doctoral dissertation work. The purpose of the Consortium is for students to present their research project ideas and to receive feedback from other experts and practitioners in international education. We expect all Doctoral Consortium papers to be refereed (see refereed paper).

The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to provide a forum for postgraduate students to:

  • engage with other students and researchers in international education;
  • provide an opportunity for participants to publish a peer-reviewed paper;
  • receive feedback and general suggestions in a constructive and engaging manner;
  • provide an opportunity for networking with others who work in similar areas;
  • connect with a community of researchers in international education;

Those who wish to participate in the Doctoral Consortium will need to submit as per the Refereed Full Paper timetable.

Full paper maximum of 8000 words. Abstract is are NOT included in this word count but references are.  DOWNLOAD THE ARTICLE TEMPLATE HERE.

Accepted refereed papers will be printed in the Journal Transitions : Journal of Transient Migration.

(abstract 200-250 words and one PowerPoint slide designed using the provided template, to be displayed on screens in the catering area and on the conference app)

Electronic posters will be prepared in PowerPoint and displayed during the conference on a number of monitors. The posters will rotate automatically and each poster will be shown for one minute. Delegates will be able to pause individual posters to view them in more detail. There will also be an index to allow delegates to find an individual poster.

ePoster authors are required to submit an abstract about their topic. If accepted they will be provided with the ePoster PowerPoint template and instructions for display.

How to write an abstract?

An abstract is  a short document that is intended to capture the interest of a potential attendee of your session.

The first rule of abstract writing is that it should engage the reader by telling him or her what your presentation is about.  Although not part of your abstract body, the title of the proposed presentation is also important. Short attention-catching titles are the most effective, however, it is also important to ensure that the title describes the subject you are writing about.

10 Guidelines for writing an abstract:

  1. Does the abstract capture the interest of a potential attendee of the presentation?
  2. Is the abstract well written in terms of language, grammar, etc.?
  3. Does the abstract engage the reader by telling him or her what the presentation is about and why they should attend it?
  4. Does the abstract title describe the subject being presented?
  5. Does the abstract make a clear statement of the topic of the presentation and the research question?
  6. Does the abstract say how the research was/is being undertaken?
  7. Does the abstract indicate the value of the findings and to whom will they be of use?
  8. Does the abstract describe the work to be discussed in the presentation?
  9. Does the abstract give a concise summary of the findings?
  10. Does the abstract conform to the word limit of 250 words?

While the format of your abstract will vary with the topic and type of information you are presenting, most abstracts will include:

background of the project or initiative,

the method of research or project implementation,

the project results and

discussion of the outcomes and implications.

Abstracts should be a single paragraph long only.

Finally your abstract should not include diagrams or images and in general references are not required in the abstract.

Abstract Submission Procedure

  1. Prepare your abstract
    Prepare your 250 word abstract text. This applies for oral, workshop and ePoster submissions
  2. Enter your contact details
    Go to the Presentation Portal (above) to enter your contact details.
  3. Enter Presenter and Author details
    Enter names and affiliations of the presenter and authors.  Also enter brief biography of the presenter(s), 100 words is sufficient.
  4. Enter your abstract details
    ‘Cut and Paste’ the abstract text 250 words and into the relevant field in the Presentation Portal.

Abstract Document Details

For each abstract you submit you will be asked to enter the following information:

  • Presentation title
  • Preferred presentation format
  • Theme
  • Name/s of author/s
  • Affiliation/s of author/s
  • Indicate the presenter
  • Short (100 word) biography of the presenter(s)

Review Process

The Program Committee will review all submitted abstracts.

As there are limited places for oral presentations some abstracts submitted for oral presentation may be offered posters. Authors in these cases will be advised and asked to confirm whether they wish to present a poster.


Presenters Registration

All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. Presenters also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs. Click here for more information on registration.

At the time of the Conference


  • Session Chair Guidelines – coming soon
  • Presenter Guidelines – coming soon

Audiovisual Equipment

Each session room will be equipped for the presentation of PowerPoint slides and include a data projector, computer with external speakers, lectern and microphone.

Presentation Files

Presenters will take their Power Point slides to the meeting on a memory stick, where an audiovisual technician will load your presentation.

Video and audio clips should be embedded in your Power Point slides rather than linking to external files.

All slides will be run from a central presentation computer. However, if you have a complex presentation, which includes multiple media files, we suggest you bring your own laptop as a backup in case of difficulties loading your presentation.

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