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ABA Australia 2020 Conference

Date: 24th to 26th July

Location: World Square Rydges Hotel, Sydney

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 2020 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 diversity of researchers, professionals and academics currently working in the field of Behaviour Analysis, both here and internationally, share their work. It will also provide an exciting and wide range of learning opportunities for anyone interested in the science of Behaviour Analysis. We would like to invite you to consider participating in what is sure to be an amazing event.

Do you have research to present? A project you are working on? We would love to hear about the great work you are doing in the field of Behaviour Analysis and provide an opportunity for you to share it with our delegates at our 2020 Conference in Sydney on 25th and 26th July.

New this year, break out sessions to present clinical cases. Have an interesting applied case, but the lack experimental control for a research presentation? Don't worry, we have a new session dedicated to clinical case presentations.

Submissions will be open in December 2019 for posters, papers, clinical cases, symposiums, and panel discussions

Submission Dates

Abstract Paper/Symposium/Panel

Abstract submissions open: 01 December 2019

Submissions due: 1 April 2020

Notification of decision: 30 April 2020


Abstract submissions open: 01 December 2019

Poster submission due: 15 May 2020

Notification of decision: 30 May 2020

Sumission Types

1. Posters

Posters are physical displays of information, usually reporting empirical research. Submissions must demonstrate that the work to be reported has scientific merit and is well advanced. Data-based posters, which require a graph or chart of data, will receive preference. Poster session will be held on the Saturday evening, 25th July (at the end of Day 1 presentations). Presenters are expected to be with their poster, interact with attendees, and answer questions about the content of their posters.

2. Papers

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.

3. Symposia

Organized 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.

4. Panel

Panel discussions consist of a minimum of three panellists 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 panellists from multiple organisations or areas of specialisation.

5. Clinical Case Presentation


Clinical Case Presentations

ABA Australia invites members and others to submit a clinical case to be considered for presentation at the 5th Annual Conference.  All submissions will be reviewed by the conference committee and the top submissions will be asked to present at ABA Australia’s 5th Annual conference in July.

The purpose of the clinical case presentations at ABA Australia’s 5th annual conference is strictly educational. Case presentations should detail a particular clinical case, describe the clinical background of the individual, state assessments, intervention and present data. As a whole, your case presentation should be an informative and useful part of every behaviour analyst’s on-going education.

Case presentations should be those of interesting topics in ABA. Most cases tend to have a lot in common, which is fine, but you should try to put the emphasis in your presentation on what makes your clinical case different from the others. There is always something that is different about each case, and the difference tends to be the most interesting aspect for the audience. So try to find out how your project is different, and then emphasise that in your submission.

These will be reviewed according to content, originality, and applicability to our members.

Clinical Case Presentations Format

  1. The total time allotted to each speaker is 18 minutes which includes 15 minutes of presentation and 3 minutes for discussion/questions.
  2. The presentation should be prepared in Microsoft Office Power-point format.
  3. Use the following format to organise your presentation

Introduce yourself

  •     Always start with who you are and where you work, plus your relationship with the case. Everyone in the audience will want to know this. What they do not want, however, is 10 minutes of you droning on about your employer. This part should be 1-2 slides, max.

o   Title of presentation

o   Names of the authors

o   Organisation


-explain why this case is important, why you decided to present it.

The main purpose of the introduction is to place the case in a clinical context and explain the importance or relevance of the case. Briefly state what the problem is and if there is any relevant research on the topic – keep this very brief 1-2 slides, we want to hear about the case, spend the most time on that part!!!

Case presentation

The case should be presented chronological order, state a brief client history, assessment, intervention and results. At this point, you may wish to include more details than you might have time to present, please remember to keep it brief.

  • Client history including medical, social and/or family aspects
  • Assessment used
  • Intervention procedures
  • Results – show the graph(s), you must have a baseline and intervention condition.


  • The main purpose of the discussion section is to articulate the lessons learned from the case.
  • State the strengths: What went well during the case study? What were you happy with and felt worked for the client? This type of information tends to be very valuable (and interesting) for others.
  • State the limitations/what you would change: There is always something that didn’t quiet go as planned in every case, from illness, budgeting issues, unexpected reactions, etc., and knowing about this always interesting for others. For those thinking about using similar procedures it's always enlightening to hear that the biggest issues that happened.
  •  End with a single take home message

References – include any used during your presentation.

Things to Consider

Before you submit

It is required that you read the abstract guidelines below before you submit.

Abstracts can be submitted for either oral or poster presentation. Please note that some requests for talks may need to be moved to another presentation format.

Note: Your abstract will not be included in the program if you do not register and pay for your registration.

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

Please note: 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.

After you submit

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

When will I find out out my results

Email notification of programming decisions will come on the expiry of deadlines and the working program will be posted to the website. The notification will include specific presentation instructions but in the interim, those preparing posters should note the maximum size allowed is B1 (707mm x 1000mm). Push pin will be available to fix the poster to the boards.

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?

A couple of weeks before the conference, 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 at the conference 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 provision of travel, accommodation or registration for the conference, nor any other costs associated with preparation or presentation of the abstract or presenters attendance at the conference.
  • Submissions 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, or will receive support for the preparation of poster materials, a clear acknowledgment of support should be included at the end of the presentation.
  • Please bring your presentation PowerPoint slides on a USB/memory stick to the audio visual speaker’s stand on arrival at the conference so it can be loaded on to the conference laptop computers. Please also bring a back-up of your presentation on a separate USB/memory stick in case your presentation fails.
  • Standard audio-visual facilities will be available.


ABA Australia is interested in providing Type 2 Continuing Education (CEs) to Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBAs) or Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analysts (BCaBAs) for our annual 2020 conference. If you are a BCBA or BCBA-D in good standing OR meet the criteria below, we encourage you to complete CE application when you submit your presentation.

To qualify as BACB Type 2 CEs, 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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