NOTE: Submissions are closed 

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 theme Through the Lens invites you to think about how our lenses 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.

Network and learn about what is happening in evaluation, and evaluation-related fields in Australia, New Zealand, the Australasian region, and across the world.

The conference will be held from Wednesday 9 September to Friday 11 September 2020. Conference workshops will be held on Monday 7 September and Tuesday 8 September. The venue for the conference and workshops is Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Boulevard Level, Grey Street entrance, South Brisbane

Proposal submission deadline dates

Conference workshop proposals: CLOSED
Conference presentation proposals: CLOSED
Ignite presentationsCLOSED

It is your responsibility to meet these deadlines. The Australian Evaluation Society cannot be held responsible for errors caused by internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events.

Conference and workshop presenters will be notified of acceptance during May 2020.

Conference registration requirement for final acceptance on the program

There is no compensation or travel expenses covered for presenters. All presenters are required to register for the conference (on at least the day they are presenting). Registration fees are not waived for presenters.

To ensure that an accepted presentation (and its abstract) is included in the final program at least one presenter must register by 30 June 2020. All presenters must be registered by 31 July 2020.

Note: By submitting a conference presentation proposal, you and your co-presenters agree to be bound by the conference registration requirement.

The Rosalind Hurworth Prize and publication of papers

Submission deadline: 31 July 2020

Full-text paper submission:
This year we are again awarding a prize to the best full-text paper in honour of Associate Professor Rosalind Hurworth, long time and dedicated editor of the Evaluation Journal of Australasia (EJA). The recipient will be announced during the conference and the paper will be featured in the EJA.

Please note that to be eligible for the Rosalind Hurworth prize a full-text paper submission is required by 31 July 2020. Follow the submission guidelines below and select Roz Hurworth as the category of paper. The prestigious Roz Hurworth prize is announced at the conference dinner and includes your paper featured in the EJA and a 12 month membership to the AES. If you do not wish to be in the running for this prize and wish to be considered for publication in the EJA, please submit your paper by 30 September 2020. Independent of the Rosalind Hurworth Prize, you are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your full-text paper for possible publication in the EJA by 30 September. Further information will be sent to authors after abstracts are reviewed.

How to submit:
When preparing your paper submission, ensure you familiarise yourself with the submission guidelines.
Submit your paper here:

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Advice and assistance

For advice regarding scope, content or structure of proposals contact the conference program chair via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (mark 'ATT: Program Chair').

For advice on the submission process, please contact the Australian Evaluation Society:
Tel: +61 (3) 9035 3484 or +61 (3) 9035 3469
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Interested in reviewing conference proposals or ignite presentations?

Expressions of interest close Monday 16 March 2020.

The aes20 conference committee is seeking your assistance to review the conference proposals. The call for conference proposals closes on 16 March 2020. If you volunteer, you will need to review the proposals between 25 March and 8 April 2020. 

With the exception of Ignite presentations, all conference proposals reviews will be a double-blind review. This means that author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. The review process is fully automated and anonymous. You will be provided with instructions to guide your review when using the online assessment tool. Reviewers' names will be published in the conference abstract book.

If you are interested, please register here.