The 2021 AES International Evaluation Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre from 27 September to 1 October 2021.

Conference theme: Through the lens

Evaluation has the power to be a lens that transforms the way we see the world. As evaluators, as people, we wear many lenses that shape what we see and how we focus our vision. Our lenses can help us to reflect on the wisdom of our elders; to refract our knowledge and learning in ways that enable us to embrace diversity in our communities; as well as to refocus on the future and create shared visions that resonate.

Join us in 2021 as we come together to build clarity and insight, and to share our visions for the future of evaluation.

Understanding our past to inform our future. Walking with those who know the land, we learn and remember. 
Adapting, growing and embracing diversity. We need to continually evolve and diversify our evaluative thinking and practice to be relevant.
Pushing the boundaries, practicing on the edge. In future proofing we need to be prepared to take chances, to do things differently and to challenge the norms. 
Building the translational and transformational impact of evaluation. For evaluation to be meaningful and useful, we need to enable the translation of knowledge into action and, ultimately, impact.


Urban culture, outdoor adventure

Conference location South Brisbane was originally a meeting place for traditional landowners, the Turrbal and Yuggera people.

The Brisbane River is just a short stroll from our venue offering plenty of water-based activities in pleasantly warm September weather. The river banks are a popular place to walk, jog or hire a bike – or just relax with a glass of wine. Immerse yourself in knowledge, culture and creativity in Brisbane’s central arts precinct. Or head over to trend-setting restaurants in Brisbane's hippest neighbourhoods.

Beyond the city, cuddle a koala, visit the iconic XXXX Brewery or relax on nearby idyllic islands.