The NEDC Organising Committee is seeking innovative and best practice thinking around how economic development professionals can lead recovery, build resilience, and transform local economies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key dates for NEDC abstract submissions:

Call for abstracts open > May 2020
Conference registration open > May 2020
Call for abstracts close > 30 June 2020
Notification to authors > 31 July 2020
Draft program available > 31 July 2020
Early bird registrations close / deadline for presenting authors to register > 31 August 2020

NEDC Abstract selection criteria:

Relevance
Abstracts will be assessed on their relevance to the conference theme ‘Breaking New Ground: Building a Resilient Future’.

Conference theme and topics
Will the presentation offer something significant or unique to one or more of the conference themes?

Analytical
Will the presentation provide more than a description of a program or service; will it draw out insights, learnings and recommend new policies and / or actions?

Innovative
Will the presentation provide new ideas or develop further what we already know or have shared previously?

Presentation Type:

The organising committee invites abstract submissions for presentation in the following formats:

Principal presentations will be 45 minutes in duration (including 5 minutes question time). Abstracts submitted for consideration as principal presentations will be considered for ignite presentations if not accepted for the principal format.

Ignite presentations will be presented during dedicated ignite sessions during the conference. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to present their work. The organising committee is seeking innovative and best practice thinking

Principal presentation (45 minute session) submission requirements:

  • Abstracts must be uploaded in .PDF format and must be prepared using the appropriate template (word.doc file).
  • Abstracts should summarise the important points and highlight the content to be communicated. It needs to be concise yet informative, containing an outline of the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusion of the work undertaken.
  • Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words.
  • Presentations will be (strictly) 45 minutes long (including question time) and the program will be sent to you after the early bird cut-off date.
  • Please proofread the final document thoroughly before submitting it to the Conference.
  • Abstracts matching the requirements must be submitted via the speaker portal no later than 5.00pm on 30 June 2020.
  • All presenters must register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee by the early bird cut-off date. If no author is registered by this date, the abstract will be withdrawn from the conference program.

Ignite presentation (5 minute session) submission requirements:

  • Abstracts must be uploaded in .PDF format and must be prepared using the appropriate template (word.doc file).
  • Abstracts should summarise the important points and highlight the content to be communicated. It needs to be concise yet informative, containing an outline of the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusion of the work undertaken.
  • Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words.
  • Presentations will be (strictly) 5 minutes long and the program will be sent to you after the early bird cut-off date. All ignite presenters will be called to the stage at the conclusion of the session and the MC will call for questions.
  • Please proofread the final document thoroughly before submitting it to the NEDC Conference.
  • Abstracts matching the requirements must be submitted via the speaker portal no later than 5.00pm on 30 June 2020.
  • All presenters must register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee by the early bird cut-off date. If no author is registered by this date, the abstract will be withdrawn from the conference program.

Terms and conditions:

  • The lodgement of an abstract does not indicate automatic inclusion in the conference program.
  • Abstract receipt and acceptance will be acknowledged to the submitting author.
  • Further communication will be with the submitting author only unless otherwise directed.
  • Abstracts must adhere to the abstract requirements and be submitted before the call for abstracts close.
  • Each abstract must have at least one author registered by the NEDC early bird closing date. If no author is registered by this date, the abstract will be withdrawn from the conference program.