Call for Papers

Submissions are welcome on any topic that addresses the conference theme: Navigating Community Engagement: Charting a Course for the 21st Century.

Submissions are particularly encouraged that link with one of the conference subthemes:

  1. Community Engagement Social Innovation: Building Connections for Sustainable Future
  2. Community Engagement through "Socially Responsible Learning": Collaboration and Opportunities for a Better World
  3. Community Engagement: Long Life Learning
  4. Beyond the Borders of Community Engagement
  5. Creating a Legacy of Collaboration: Sustainable Partnership


Abstracts with a maximum length of 250 words should be submitted online via the submission button below by Friday, 30th June 2017 . Submissions should follow the format required in the online submission portal and should be set out according to the instructions provided. All abstracts will be blind reviewed independently by two reviewers. Notification of outcome will be sent by email to the contact author by July 2017.

For questions relating to abstracts, contact: ucec2017@kufs.ac.jp

Accepted papers will be assigned to either oral or poster presentation in the most suitable formats below:

1. Individual Paper

Individual papers may cover a range of areas including but not limited to community engagement policy, recent initiatives in community engagement, case studies, and evaluations of community engagement programs. Papers will each be allocated 30 minutes in the conference program (20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions).

2. Symposium

A symposium takes the form of an integrated series of three papers around a clearly identified theme. The symposium chair should submit a 200 word (maximum) statement of the aims of the symposium that describes the relationship of the topic to the conference theme along with the abstract for each of the three presenters (maximum 250 words for each abstract). A symposium should be designed to run for 90 minutes in total, with 30 minutes allowed in the conference program for each of the three papers (20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions).

3. Poster

Posters are suitable for shorter communications, and for work-in-progress. The detailed guidelines will be available on the conference website around July, 2017.

Student presentations

The Conference Academic Committee is keen to attract students to present at the conference. Student submissions should have a student as the first author and be primarily written by the student as well as being presented by the student at the conference.