Catch APO at conferences and events in 2018


APO will be out and about in the coming months, attending many conferences and events – if you see us come and say hello!


HealthInfoNet Roundtable

APO Director Amanda Lawrence presented at the HealthInfoNet Roundtable on 6 June in Melbourne. HealthInfoNet is an organisation ‘helping to close the gap by providing the evidence base to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health’. HealthInfoNet have recently updated their website, and have developed a short video on the redesign. This site is crucial to anyone working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait health sector.

HealthInfoNet Melbourne Roundtable speakers_June 2018
HealthInfoNet Melbourne Roundtable speakers, June 2018

VCOSS Good Life Summit

With a state election coming up in Victoria, the Victorian Council of  Social Service VCOSS Good Life Summit  on 13 June delivered a terrific day of presentations, conversations and networking across the policy and social sectors. In the words of VCOSS: ‘Delivering a good life for all Victorians, regardless of their background or individual circumstances, must be on the agenda for the 2018 State Election, and beyond.’summit_webbanner (1).png

Amanda Lawrence and Michelle Zwagerman attended the event with thanks to our partnership with VCOSS.


Sax Institute Knowledge Mobilisation Conference

Block-ad-300x250 (2)APO team members Amanda Lawrence and Michelle Zwagerman will be attending the Sax Institute Knowledge Mobilisation Conference in Sydney in July presenting on APO’s current and new initiatives planned for knowledge translations and mobilisation.

Find out more about the Knowledge Mobilisation conference and how to register here.

SHARP Conference 

Amanda will also be attending some of the SHARP Conference at Western Sydney University (WSU) the following week. SHARP stands for The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing and their annual international conference will be held at WSU this year. The society and the conference covers historical and contemporary issues on the composition, mediation, reception, survival, and transformation of written communication in material forms from marks on stone to new media. Perspectives range from the individual reader to the transnational communication network.

A key opportunity in attending (apart from Amanda’s long standing interest in publishing and knowledge production and distribution) will be for Amanda and Michelle to discuss the ARC funded Linked Semantic Platforms (LSP) project with Kerry London and the team at WSU and to meet with Ray Siemens and others from the INKE group to discuss potential collaboration around open scholarship. INKE stands for Implementing New Knowledge Environments and one of its projects is the Open Scholarship Policy Observatory  coordinated by the Canadian Social Knowledge Institute (C-SKI) at University of Victoria, Canada. The LSP project team at WSU will be looking at establishing something similar on APO as part of the project.


AeRO eResearch Conference

October is going to be a big month of conferences and events in Melbourne which is handy for the APO team as most of us are based there! We hope we get to meet as many of you as possible if you are coming to town.

First up we have the eResearch Conference at Pullman Melbourne, Albert Park 15–19 October presented by the Australian eResearch Organisations Association (AeRO).


Delegates will be offered the opportunity to engage, connect, and share their ideas and exemplars concerning new information centric research capabilities, and how information and communication technologies help researchers to collaborate, collect, manage, share, process, analyse, store, find, understand and re-use information.

Find out more about the eResearch Conference and how to register here.

GEIS 2018

GEIS Twitter tile (1)Then, on the 22-24 October,  the Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018 (GEIS 2018) will bring together experts from across the world to talk about their experiences in generating and implementing evidence for better policy and practice. The summit will explore the evidence for designing, implementing and reviewing effective programs and policies. Expected to reach 700 delegates from 30 countries, GEIS 2018 will share the latest evidence synthesis and implementation science research and practice strategies for improving the lives of individuals, families and communities worldwide.

Find out more about the GEIS conference and how to register here.

APO Annual Forum 2018

And our very own 2ND APO ANNUAL FORUM 2018 – Thursday 25 October in Melbourne. SAVE THE DATE! More details to come over the next month or two. 


NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) are holding the 7th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation in Sydney from 27-28 November.

The theme will be ‘Ensuring Value in Research’ with a particular focus on: Justifiable research priorities; Robust research design, conduct and analysis; Regulation and management of research conduct proportionate to risks; Accessible research methods and findings and complete and usable research reports! The Call for Abstracts closes 18 June.

If you’d like to find more events happening in the public policy space, you can browse events listed on APO here. Or, if you’d like to advertise your event with APO, please contact