Call for Abstracts

NMC2019 provides an opportunity for future leaders, existing practitioners, scholars and leaders to share knowledge, skills and ideas, and the program for the event is designed to showcase mediation, dispute resolution and other conflict resolution approaches through a variety of presentations, discussions, workshops, and other extended activities. The conference program will maximise contact among delegates, between delegates and presenters, and between delegates and our conference collaborators. The conference will include events that appeal to newcomers to the DR sector, as well as to those with extensive DR knowledge and experience.

Key Dates:

  • Early July: distribution of Call for Abstracts
  • Friday 5 October 2018: final date for submission of abstracts (due date now extended to 19 October 2018)
    The Call for Abstracts is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact Conference Logistics on +61 2 6281 6624.
  • December 2018: notification of decisions on abstracts

For more information on the submission process, please see the Submission Guidelines.
To see an outline of the online abstract submission site, please click here.
For more information, please contact Conference Logistics on 02 6281 6624 or

Conference Streams: 

  • A: Approaches to Indigenous dispute management and decision-making processes.
  • B: Business and construction, workplace and employment.
  • C: Community-focused mediation, and other community-focused processes.
  • D: Conciliation, including public and private advisory processes, and statutory programs.
  • E: Court-connected DR services, including services associated with courts and tribunals.
  • F: Dispute System Design, online DR, and technological innovations.
  • G: Elder mediation and other developing specialist areas of practice.
  • H: Family mediation and dispute resolution, including Family Dispute Resolution (FDR).
  • I: Peace-building, transitional justice, reconciliation, and civil society.
  • J: Research, training, and education: building a rigorous evidence base for DR.
  • K: Restorative justice and other innovative approaches.

Presentation Formats:

  1. Traditional, oral, single presentations for 30 minutes: The program will include many opportunities for this style of presentation, which is very familiar to previous conference attendees.
  2. Collaborative Conversations for 60 minutes: The program will include opportunities for collaborative conversations involving researchers and practitioners. These will be semi-structured discussions and the active involvement of conference delegates will be encouraged. The intent is to foster exchanges of academic and practitioner ideas, research and insights. If you wish to submit an abstract for a collaborative conversation, you must include the subject matter for discussion, as well as some of the key questions to be asked.
  3. Interactive specialist roundtable discussions for 30 minutes: The program will include opportunities for specialist roundtable discussions that focus on specific areas of mediation practice (e.g. environmental disputes, workplace disputes, strata title disputes, court-connected practice).
  4. Mini-workshops for 60 minutes: The program will have limited spaces for “mini-workshops”; these will be time-limited to 1 hour per workshop. If you wish to submit an abstract for a mini-workshop, you must include: the title of the workshop, its general subject matter, its target audience (e.g. newly trained mediators, or experienced mediators), how you expect people to participate, and what outcomes people will gain from their attendance.
  5. Interactive Panels for 30 minutes: Interactive panel discussions are encouraged, especially those that incorporate active delegate participation. These panels may include brief individual presentations by panel members, although the key focus should be on interactive discussions.
  6. Poster Sessions and Exhibitions: Poster presentations are an opportunity for shorter, simultaneous and more personal presentations during hour-long sessions that are open to all conference delegates.

Abstract Review Criteria:

The Conference Committee will give priority to the following criteria:

  • The introduction of new and innovative concepts not previously canvassed or fully explored in the sector;
  • Where applicable, the rigour of any research that will be included in the presentation, or on which the proposal relies;
  • The inclusion of credible demonstration of the importance of the subject matter to the mediation, or DR field, and to the preferred Conference Stream;
  • The inclusion of intercultural, cross-cultural and/or multicultural considerations;
  • The potential appeal of the abstract to a broad spectrum of delegates; the abstract should include appropriate comments if it would appeal more to one cross-section of the sector (e.g. newly trained practitioners, or experienced practitioners);
  • The demonstrated capacity of the abstract to allocate appropriate time for coverage of the topic, and, if for a panel, to include all presenters; and
  • The title of the abstract conveying to delegates what they can expect from the session.