PO Box 659 Wembley Western Australia 6913
email: admin@spera.asn.au

35th National SPERA Conference

2-4 October 2019
Queensland University of Technology
Kelvin Grove Campus Brisbane Australia


The 35th National SPERA Conference will be proudly hosted by the Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology.


Improving Rural Education: Connectedness, Communities & Collaboration


  • Building digital connections for rural communities
  • Ensuring rural communities’ well-being
  • Sharing innovations in ‘rural’ collaboration
  • Connecting the global and the rural
  • Community learning and sharing
  • Resourcing an interconnected approach

2 October:     Emerging Rural Scholars Summit (optional 1st day)

Join us in a gathering of international rural education scholars to network, present your work, and receive valuable feedback and advice from experts in the field.  This exciting event will be held on the campus of QUT the day prior to the 2019 SPERA conference and is targeted at postgraduate research students, early career researchers, and scholars new to the field.

3-4 October:  2019 Spera Conference (2 days)

Registration: Opens May 2019

Call for Conference Abstracts Submission Deadline

Friday 28 June 2019 (250 word abstracts) Email your submissions to admin@spera.asn.au

Submission of Abstracts

To submit an abstract, please download, complete and return the proposal template below.

SPERA-Abstract-Proposal-Template-2019 FINAL

Abstracts are to be written in plain English and include clear information about the aims, nature and content of the paper and, where applicable, a brief statement of results and implications. All abstracts should be linked to the conference theme and subthemes.

Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts

Abstracts are subject to blind-review by members of the program committee. Notification of whether the abstract has been accepted for presentation will be sent to the presenter/s on or before Friday 2 August 2019

Author Confirmation of Attendance and Registration

Successful presenters will be asked for their audio visual requirements at this time and instructed to confirm their attendance via paid registration no later than 30 August 2019.
Please Note: Presenter/s must be paid registrants of the conference in order to present a paper. Registrations must be paid no later than 30 August 2019. No refunds will be issued for any reason after Friday 4 September 2019.

Conference Sponsorship

The continued success of SPERA conferences relies on the generous support of our sponsors. If you are passionate about the advancement of education and promoting opportunities for students and educators in rural, remote and regional locations, we invite you to consider sponsoring this year’s conference: