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Upper Spencer Gulf, South Australia
24–27 October 2017


Call for Speakers

Disruption: a catalyst for change

The word disruption gets a lot of use these days, however less clear is what people mean when they use it. Synonyms for disruption include disturbance, confusion, interference, disorderly forcible separation. Causes offered up include globalisation, innovation, rapid growth in technology, climate change.

It is clear then that disruption signals radical changes for our economies, industries and businesses, products, services and markets. Less clear is the scale, speed and trajectory.

The SEGRA 2017 conference theme - Disruption: a catalyst for change - will focus on what are the characteristics of the great adapters and changers and how this is manifested in political, business and community leadership, planning, governing, managing and marketing.

The SEGRA 2017 action agendas will examine activities that individuals, communities and regions can do to stay relevant and not get overtaken.

  • Politics and the regions – government, political and business leadership
  • What will the market want into the future?
  • Are growth regions born or made?
  • Funding the regions – let’s compare
  • The Great Energy Debate – fossil fuels, renewables, nuclear, gas
  • Future of Food Supply Regions
  • Innovation and Technology: opportunities for regional Australia
  • Entrepreneurship and Investment in Regional Australia.
  • Geotourism

Please visit to find a full descriptor of each session and the focus topics being addressed.

Priority will be given to papers that can demonstrate adaptation, mitigation and risk management with clear identification of ideas that can be taken back to delegates’ communities and organisations for discussion.

  • A small number of papers will also be accepted for concurrent sessions
  • The importance of place – scale and footprint
  • The knowledge economy – new models for regional education
  • Climate change biodiversity, sustainability – does the environment matter anymore?
  • Infrastructure – connectivity: digital divide in regions – behind the backhaul

To make your submission to speak at SEGRA 2017, CLICK HERE

Call for Speakers will close at 5:00pm AEST on Friday, 19 May 2017

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Submission Guidelines

SEGRA is a participative and active conference community. Where appropriate abstracts need to address the following:

  • Key considerations for applications in other regions/places
  • Significant elements that enhance the success of the initiative
  • Barriers encountered and adaptive learnings from the initiative

Abstracts of up to 150 words are requested by COB, Friday, 19 May 2017. Contributions must deal with any issues listed on the SEGRA 2017 Call for Speakers flyer.

In selecting contributions, the National Steering Committee is seeking speakers in the following areas:

Expert Panels, Conversation Pits, Case studies and Applied Research

The selection criteria are as follows:

Expert Panels:
Speakers selected for these sessions will have high level knowledge and experience in their content area. The facilitated panels are designed to draw out specific and detailed knowledge around the theme and presenters will have the opportunity to address issues at a high analytical level; discussing learning experiences, potential policy spillovers and applications in a range of contexts.

Conversation Pits:

Speakers selected for these sessions will have detailed knowledge at a program or project level. The sessions are facilitated to draw out a cross section of experiences around specific elements drawn from across the presenters.

Workshops and master classes: Speakers selected for these sessions will have identified a particular and specific skill or technique and how they have applied this to one or more situations.

Case studies:

The committee is looking for case studies that demonstrate a wide variety of strategies and tools that have worked across a range of local conditions. Case studies will describe the communities in depth; identify and discuss the varied development strategies at work in the community venture and answer questions about how and why a particular combination of strategies produced positive and distinctive outcomes within the local context.

Elements that will be considered include:

  • Economic, social, government or environmental benefits
  • Project adaptability to changing circumstances
  • Financial sustainability le and enduring change overtime
  • Relationships with local governance partnerships and organisations
  • The extent to which the project was proactive and required a willingness to take on risk
  • Identification and capitalising on the community’s particular advantages
  • Planned future directions and opportunities

Some helpful headings for case studies:

1.What did you do?
2.What did you learn?
3.Was it successful and how did you know?
4.What does it mean - How could other regions/towns/businesses benefit?

Applied Research:
These papers demonstrate specific research projects that satisfy academic requirements for publication. Preference will be given to papers that identify regional application of knowledge.

Further Requirements:

  • Contributions must be submitted electronically via the SEGRA website
  • Names and affiliations of author(s)
  • A 150 word biography of each presenter.
  • The title should aim to be precise so that it conveys a clear message
  • Abstracts should contain brief but complete statements of introduction/study
  • Abstract must not contain graphs, diagrams or complex tables
  • References must be included.

All speakers must be able to cover their own registration, accommodation and travel costs. Accepted speakers will be offered a 10% discount. To enable delegates to interact with presenters we encourage speakers to attend the entire conference. Speakers must be registered and attend for at least the day of their presentation.

Authors or speakers will be notified if their abstract has been accepted by mid July 2017.

The titles of papers and presenter’s details provided upon submission (excluding contact details) will be used in the conference program and publications. Any changes must be made to the SEGRA Secretariat in writing or email prior to Friday, 15 September 2017.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to prepare the full paper and submit it by Friday, 29 September 2017 for it to be listed in the electronic conference proceedings.

Call for Speakers will close at 5:00pm AEST on Friday, 19 May 2017.

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