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2021 Virtual Conference Submissions

Call for Abstracts

The ABA Australia is a professional organisation that seeks to assist in the development and advancement of the field of behaviour analysis within Australia through research, education, and dissemination of information.

Our 2021 Conference offers a unique opportunity to showcase the science of Behaviour Analysis in terms of its wide application and relevance worldwide and in the Australian context. We are looking forward to having a wide variety of researchers, professionals and academics currently working in the field of Behaviour Analysis, both here and internationally, share their work.

We would like to invite you to consider participating in what is sure to be an amazing event.

Submission Dates

Abstract submissions open: 02 March 2021

Submissions due: 31 May 2021

Notification of decision: 5 June 2021

Posters - We will not have a poster session at our virtual conference. Poster sessions will be available at our networking events later in the year. 

Submission Types


Paper submissions are individual oral presentations, usually concerned with conceptual, historical, or methodological issues. A paper submission may report complex empirical research. Paper presentations are 25 minutes in length (20 minutes to present and 5 minutes for questions). Paper submissions that do not meet these guidelines may be considered for re-assignment as posters or clinical case presentation.


Organised by a chairperson who moderates the session and focused on empirical, conceptual, historical, or methodological research. The Conference Committee will give preference to symposium submissions that are organized around a central theme. Up to three speakers may present in a symposium totalling 75 minutes.  Presentations within symposium submissions that do not meet these guidelines may be considered for re-assignment as individual papers or posters


Panel discussions consist of a minimum of three panelists and run for 60 minutes. A panel discussion is organized by a chairperson who is the session’s moderator. Multiple speakers are invited to respond to a specific question or issue. These responses form the basis for discussion between the speakers themselves and the audience regarding the topic. Panels bridging basic and applied science are encouraged. The Conference Committee will give preference to panels that include panelists from multiple organisations or areas of specialisation.

Presentation Dates

We have two presentation options for accepted submissions

Option 1

Prerecord your presentation and it is available on-demand for the entire length of the virtual conference. You will need to set up a time to record your presentation with one of the conference committee members prior to the conference starting or within the first week of the July.

Option 2

You can present live at one of our predetermined live sessions. Live sessions will be held once a week. You will be asked to rank your preference for presentation days as part of your submission application.

Live Session Schedule

1 July 1-3 pm AEST

5 July 1-3 pm AEST

15 July 1-3 pm AEST

19 July 1-3 pm AEST

Things to Consider

Before You Submit

When submitting your abstract, please follow the guidelines below to what your abstract should include:

  • Be concise. Abstracts must not exceed 200 words. The abstracts which do not meet this word limit will be asked for revisions.
  • Have an introductory statement that outlines the background and significance of the study.
  • Have a succinct description of the basic methodologies (include research design, where appropriate).
  • Have a clear indication of the major findings of the study.
  • Have a concluding statement.
  • Submissions may not be advertisements of institutions/organisations as would be more typical of vendor or institution exhibits.

The online submission process takes you through a step-by-step guide to submission and allows you to submit multiple abstracts. Once the abstract has been submitted, you will not be able to make any further changes. If at anytime throughout the process you need assistance, please email events@auaba.com.au

Following acceptance into the program, you can register to attend the conference. Early Bird registration fees will be extended to successful presenters and you will be provided with an email with a link to register at this rate along with the date by which you will need to be registered.

Please Note: 

  • Your abstract will not be included in the program if you do not register and pay for your registration.
  • Some requests for talks may need to be moved to another presentation format.

After You Submit

How will I know if you received my submission?

You will receive a confirmation email that your abstract has been received within a week of submission

When will I find out out my results?

Email notification of programming decisions will be between 1/6/2021 - 5/6/2021.

If your abstract is not accepted in the program and you wish to cancel your registration please do so within 5 business days of abstract notification or standard cancellation penalties apply.

Will my abstract be published online?

The final program will be published to this web page along with a pdfs of the speaker bios and abstracts.

What do I need to do if my abstract is accepted?

All authors presenting online must register and pay to attend. Authors agree to permit the conference organisers to publish the abstract in the conference handbook and other conference materials as required. The acceptance of an abstract for the conference does not imply registration for the conference, nor any other costs associated with preparation or presentation of the abstract or presenters attendance at the conference. Presentations must reference existing research and literature relevant to the content of the submission. Include a reference list at the end of your presentation using APA format. If the author(s) received any funding/industry support for the research presented, clear acknowledgment of support should be included at the end of the presentation.

Detailed information on how to use the conference platform will be provided.

BACB Learning Continuing Education Units

ABA Australia is interested in providing Learning Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBAs) or Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analysts (BCaBAs) for our annual 2021 conference. If you are a BCBA or BCBA-D in good standing OR meet the criteria below, we encourage you to complete CEU application when you submit your presentation.

To qualify as BACB Learning CEUs, a presentation must:

  1.     Cover behaviour analysis theory, methodology, or practice.
  2.     Further or maintain the skills or knowledge of BCaBAs, BCBAs, and/or BCBA-Ds.
  3.     Adhere to the BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct during the presentation.
  4.     Presented, co-presented, or supervised by an individual who meets BACB CE instructor requirements.

We thank you very much for participating in what we are sure will be a wonderful event, made possible by your contribution.

For any queries or questions regarding the conference please contact us via email: events@auaba.com.au

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