ALARA-BALT Australasian Conference 2020 Theme and Proposals

ALARA-BALT Australasian
Action Learning, Action Research Conference 2020

Discovering the Future Together:
Action Learning and Action Research at Work

Action Learning, Action Research Association Ltd (ALARA) and Business Action Learning Tasmania (BALT) are co-hosting the ALARA-BALT Australasian Action Learning, Action Research Conference 2020 in Launceston, Tasmania from 8 - 11 November 2020, with participants also joining the conference virtually from many locations around the world.

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Conference Proposal Submissions

The Organising Committee welcomes submissions of proposals for the 2020 conference that can be for the face-to-face or virtual components of the Conference. Participants may attend:

  • In person in Launceston
  • Virtually from their own homes or offices
  • Virtually in small groups from a location not at the main Conference location in Launceston (and potentially anywhere in the world)

Submissions must be made on the official form and emailed to admin[at]

Please note:

  • The proposal must include:
    1. Authors' details
    2. Location from which the presenter will present
    3. Type of Conference contribution
    4. Stream in which the proposal should be included
    5. Details about the presentation, including how the presentation will engage the audience when the members are located in several dispersed locations
    6. Details of the presentation
    7. A short (max. 300 words) abstract
  • A full paper is not required as part of the submission. Authors can choose to submit a paper to the Action Learning and Action Research Journal at any time, or separately submit the paper to the Organising Committee for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings (by emailing to admin[at]
  • Authors are also invited to submit a short video about their presentation for display on this web site. Details are on the last page of the submission form.
  • Close of submissions will occur on 3 August 2020.

Registrations are now open. Please go to the Registrations page for more information on registration and prices

As we will be recording the sessions, each person attending as part of a group will need to register and agree to the recording of the session.

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Theme and Streams

The theme is Discovering the Future Together: Action Learning and Action Research at Work. The changes we are all experiencing due to the coronavirus pandemic is allowing us to view the future. Through Action Learning and Action Research, we can work with and modify that future.

Submissions for the conference could be from a range of areas, such as:

  • Breaking down Silos with Action Learning and Action Research
    • Effective action learning and action research requires people to come together to solve problems. Individuals, organisations, communities, educational institutions and governments can solve our most urgent problems of today, and prepare for the unknown challenges of tomorrow, by working together on action learning and action research projects.
  • Reinvention and Lifelong Learning through action and reflection
    • Education does not end when one leaves school or university. The world of work is in transition as hundreds of job types disappear and hundreds are created. The same is also true of life, in general. The internet and mobile devices were not widely used just over a decade ago, but are now a part of our daily lives. Experience in using action learning and action research helps people prepare for constant change by developing skills in lifelong learning.
  • Action and reflection as a catalyst for organisational development
    • A growing number of organisations are realising that a positive organisational culture promotes innovation and sustainability. Gaining employee commitment starts with engagement, which is critical to the success of any action learning or action research endeavour. Action learning and action research (under many guises) are demonstrated as an effective means to improve organisational culture, business outcomes, productivity and profits.
  • Action Learning and Action Research in Community Development
    • In spite of political rhetoric and hype, serious challenges in the world community remain. Indigenous recognition, health and well-being, child poverty, and environmental protection, are just a few of those matters that require community involvement and collaboration. Many examples exist of action learning or action research bringing communities together to overcome or minimise impacts of current and future challenges to our collective well-being.

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Keynote Speakers and Presentations

The Organising Committee will be including details of keynote speakers and presentations as we move closer to the Conference dates.

The first keynote speaker to be announced is Christine Abbott. Christine is Director of the Centre for Action Learning and Associate of the Open University Business School UK.

Christine Abbott