NZARE Conference 2023

Monday 20 November - Wednesday 22 November

Massey University Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa

Palmerston North 


Ka ora te whenua, ka ora te wai, ka ora te tangata

Education research for sustainable communities

Education and education research play an important part in understanding wellness. Wellness is affected by what is happening to the land, our water and to our communities. While these are not healthy, we cannot hope to live sustainably. As education researchers adapt to the Performance Based Research Fund’s ‘more capacious’ definition of research, how do we as a research community ensure that our work contributes to more sustainable educational practices and relations, natural environments and social communities?


NZARE 2023 call for abstracts


The conference organising committee invites you to participate in the 2023 NZARE Conference. We are seeking abstracts that relate to a wide range of topics including:

  • Conference theme: Ka ora te whenua, ka ora te wai, ka ora te tangata. Education research for sustainable communities
  • Any of the focus areas of a NZARE Special Interest Group (SIG) (see list below)
  • Any other educational research topic.

Authors may submit an abstract for presentation in one of the following formats:

Individual paper presentation

All individual presentations will be allocated a 30-minute timeslot and grouped with two similar presentations where possible. When preparing your presentation allow for a 20-minute presentation and up to 10 minutes of questions and discussion. 

Individual paper presentation submission portal

Symposium presentation

A symposium presentation consists of three presentations and a discussant/chairperson, who may be one of the presenters. Each symposia are allocated 90 minutes. The title of the symposium plus the names and affiliations of all participants in the session, including the chair, and an overview of 100-200 words should be submitted by the organiser. In addition, each presenter in the symposium must submit an abstract of 100-200 words. Organisers of symposium proposals must nominate adiscussant/chairperson and organise the session to allow time for questions and discussion.

Symposium submission portal

Round table discussion

A round table discussion consists of three or four papers that focus on a theme or issue for discussion. Papers of approximately 2000 words from each author are available in advance and the expectation is that those attending the discussion will have read the papers and considered a question posed by the author. Each author will present a five-minute overview of their research and question before the facilitated discussion begins.

Roundtable Submission portal 

Submission guidelines

Abstracts will be reviewed on the following six elements:

  1. Objectives or purpose
  2. Contemporary significance and/or scholarly relevance
  3. Conceptual and/or methodological soundness
  4. Perspective(s) or theoretical framework
  5. Results and /or substantiated conclusions.
  6. Relevance to the conference.

Submission guidelines, terms, and conditions

All abstract submissions must comply with the following:

  • All abstracts are to be submitted online via the Abstract Submission Portal on the NZARE website no later than 5pm 30 June 2023.

 When submitting your abstract for individual paper, symposium or table discussion, you will be asked to include or indicate the following:

  • Title of presentation
  • Up to three keywords
  • Author(s) and affiliation(s), including name(s) of presenter(s)
  • Email address and phone number of corresponding presenter.
  • Special Interest Group (SIG) of NZARE most closely related to the subject of the presentation

if relevant.

  • Abstract content (100-200 words)
  • Preferred presentation formats (individual presentation, table discussion, or poster presentation) please list in order of preference

When submitting for symposium presentation, you will be asked to include or indicate the following:

  • Title of symposium
  • Symposium overview (100-200 words)
  • Authors and affiliations, including names of presenters and discussant/chairperson
  • Email addresses of presenters and discussant/chairperson.
  • Abstract for each presentation within the symposium (100-200 words each).
  • Special Interest Group (SIG) most closely related to the subject of the presentation if relevant 

It is an expectation that presenters whose abstract has been accepted and who wish to present their research will register to attend the conference.

  • Authors may offer no more than two abstract submissions in which they appear as the lead author.
  • Conference attendees may not undertake the role of discussant for more than two symposia.
  • The Conference Programme Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any submissions.
  • The acceptance of an abstract does not imply provision of travel, accommodation or registrationfor the conference, nor any other costs associated with preparation or presentation of the abstract,or attendance at the conference.
  • Submission implies that you give NZARE and the Conference Organisers permission to publish your abstract on the NZARE website and/or in hardcopy if it is accepted for presentation.

Abstract Submission Workshop – How to write a punchy 100-200-word abstract

To help develop this skill, we are hosting a zoom workshop on how to write a punchy 100-200-word abstract. Bring an abstract (not longer than 300 words) and let’s trim it down to 100-200 words for quality of message.

More information to come.   

Important Dates

30 June: Online submission closes.

1 Aug: Last day for notification of peer review results.

1 Oct: Early Bird registration closes


NZARE SIGS include:

  • Adult and Tertiary Education
  • Assessment
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education for Sustainability
  • Educational Ideas
  • Educational Leadership
  • Education Policy
  • Inclusive Education & Community
  • Learning Environments
  • Mathematics and Statistics/ Pāngarau Education
  • New Zealand Centre for Action Research Network (NZCARN)
  • Quantitative Studies in Education
  • Science/Pūtaiao Education Research
  • Wellbeing


Further information:

Please direct all enquiries to the conference organiser:


Submission portals

Individual paper presentation submission portal

Symposium submission portal

Roundtable Submission portal 


Preconference Timetable 

Date Event Where 
Saturday 18 November Pasifika Caucus Fono  TBC
Sunday 19 November Māori Caucus Symposium  TBC
  Early Childhood Education SIG day  TBC 
  Student & Emerging Researcher Dinner TBC 


Conference Host & Convenors 

 Professor John O'Neill - The Institute of Education: Te Kura o te Mātauranga  

 Associate Professor Pania Te Maro - The Institute of Education: Te Kura o te Mātauranga  

 Professor Roseanna Bourke - The Institute of Education: Te Kura o te Mātauranga