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‘Sustaining Bilateral Research Partnerships: Online Indonesia Council Open Conference’

The University of Queensland, 14–16 July 2021

A tendency to conceive of Australia-Indonesia relations in terms of marked cultural difference belies the significance of enduring research partnerships and constructive policy engagement between our two countries. For more than seven decades, Australian and Indonesian academics, policy-makers and development professionals have been sharing knowledge to find solutions to pressing political, social, developmental, technological and environmental challenges. Knowledge sharing and capacity building remain critically important to both states as they shape sustainable futures in the Indo-Pacific region.

In recognition of research, policy and developmental partnerships between Australia and Indonesia, The University of Queensland is delighted to host the 11th biennial Indonesia Council Open Conference (ICOC) from 14–16 July 2021. Since 2014, UQ has identified Indonesia as a strategic partnership country. UQ leads Group of Eight (Go8) universities in co-publishing with Indonesia and enjoys growing two-way mobility between student cohorts as well as close relationships with Indonesia’s leading universities and research institutes. 

The 2021 ICOC will be held in hybrid form – all sessions and events will be held online, with limited in-person attendance. Given the isolating consequences of travel and physical distancing measures, and ongoing border restrictions, the conference will focus on building research collaborations: specific ‘partner up’ sessions will be included to connect researchers across Indonesia, Australia and the region. All in-person events will adhere to COVID-safe distancing and other measures.

The ICOC will focus on the partnerships that underpin Australia-Indonesia relations. We challenge presenters to seek out our points of connection and convergence in research, policy engagement and capacity building. We strongly encourage you to share your interdisciplinary research, combining approaches, methods and teams to address some of the most critical challenges facing Indonesia and Australia in the Indo-Pacific region. Areas may include but are not limited to:

  • Agriculture, environment & climate change
  • Education, the arts & popular culture
  • Gender & social inclusion
  • Geography, infrastructure & urban planning
  • Governance & policy analysis
  • History
  • Law, justice & security
  • Politics, international relations 
  • Religion, identity & language
  • Science, technology & society
  • Sustainable development

Submissions exploring any topic related to the study of Indonesia more broadly are also welcome.

We welcome both presentations and posters at the conference. Presentations will run in concurrent sessions, while posters will be displayed virtually. Poster presenters will be asked to record a short, 3 minute video on their posters which will be part of the virtual display. This gives authors a more informal opportunity to share their research findings and gain feedback.  (More details to come!)

A postgraduate workshop will be held on 14 July. More information on the workshop and how to apply will be available shortly.

Instructions for paper and poster submissions

For presentations: proposals can be for either single paper presentations, thematic panels comprising no more than three presenters (and an optional discussant), or roundtable discussions (for up to 6 speakers). Each panel will run for 90mins. If you wish to submit a presentation (individual or panel) you must include:

  • A title and an abstract (in English) of no more than 250 words;
  • Four keywords;
  • The speaker’s full name and their title, their position, contact details and institutional affiliation; and
  • A short biography of no more than 150 words.

For 3-paper panel submissions, you should also include:

  • The name and details of any proposed discussant (if you wish to nominate a discussant); and
  • A short description of the panel theme (in addition to the individual speakers’ details and abstracts of their papers).

For roundtable discussions (comprising 4 – 6 speakers), you should include:

  • A title for the roundtable and an abstract (in English) of no more than 250 words, in which you describe the theme of the roundtable;
  • The full names, titles, positions, contact details and institutional affiliations of the 4 – 6 speakers; and
  • A short biography of no more than 150 words for each speaker.

For poster proposals:

Posters are a great way to present work in any state of development. Typically, a poster contains approximately 500-700 words of explanatory text, in addition to charts, graphs, photos or other images. Accepted posters will be displayed in an online poster room during the conference. If accepted, the organisers will send you further poster guidelines to help you prepare.

To propose a poster, you must include:

  • A title and brief summary of the poster (in English) of no more than 250 words;
  • Your full name and title, your position, contact details and institutional affiliation; and
  • A short biography of no more than 150 words.

Submission deadline:

All submissions should be submitted here by midnight AEST Sunday 7 March 2021. Applicants will be notified of the outcome on Monday 15 March 2021.

Please note that ICOC 2021 has been organised to be mostly online: every event will be held online, with only limited in person attendance at the St Lucia campus for some sessions. The Organising Committee does not recommend that those from outside Brisbane make arrangements to attend in person: instead, we will be holding a range of sessions and events for participants to connect, interact and network online. Physical attendance at the conference will be limited and subject to COVID-19 travel and social distancing restrictions.

Registration is free, but please note that the organising committee does not provide funds for travel or accommodation costs.


The Call for Papers is out now. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 7 March 2021.

Submit here