Connection & Collaboration: Aotearoa Business Schools Early Career Conference

Date: Monday 4 Jul, 7:30am - Tuesday 5 Jul, 4pm
Cost: $200 (includes catering and conference dinner on Monday night)
Connection & Collaboration: Aotearoa Business Schools Early Career Conference 07/04/2022 07:30 07/05/2022 16:00 You’re invited to the inaugural two-day ECA Conference, hosted by AUT in Auckland on Monday 4 July – Tuesday 5 July 2022.Early career academics face

You’re invited to the inaugural two-day ECA Conference, hosted by AUT in Auckland on Monday 4 July – Tuesday 5 July 2022.

Early career academics face increasing expectations to excel across all facets of the role: publish high-quality research, offer exceptional learning experiences in our classrooms, and ensure we’re good colleagues and academic citizens. Obtaining external grant funding and translating our work to a wider audience – with social impact – are also increasingly valued in universities. However, we also face particular challenges, including limited budgets and high workloads. During the pandemic, some of these pressures have only increased. For one, networking opportunities no longer happen by accident during conference breaks!

To address the need for connecting with like-minded colleagues, and to foster productive collaborations into the future across research, teaching and citizenship, the Business Schools of Aotearoa New Zealand are banding together to offer an inaugural conference for their early career academics. Our focus is on ECA concerns, experiences and career progression. We all have strengths in particular areas – the conference will offer an opportunity to share experience and expertise with each other.

Registration details

Registration closes by the end of Monday, 13 June 2022.

If you have dietary requirements, please email so we can ensure you’re catered for.

About the event

You will have the opportunity to discuss your research and gain feedback within and across disciplines. There will be a range of session formats, including short presentations, discussion panels and round tables, and speakers across multiple topic areas.

Topics include:

  • Vision Mātauranga
  • Citations and Scholarly Impact
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Translating Research and Media

Keynote speaker

Our keynote speaker is AUT's Professor Kath McPherson. The former Chief Executive of the Health Research Council of New Zealand, Kath oversaw the first increase of funding made in 10 years (of 56% over 4 years), assessment broadened to include consideration of the pathway to impact and Māori advancement, and a significant advance made in partnership with other government agencies to support evidence based decision making in the health and social care setting. Kath will focus her keynote on external funding success and building an impactful academic career.

Professor Kath McPherson's academic profile

Importantly, the conference offers a chance to build new networks, refresh existing ones, and connect across the varied roles we have as Early Career Academics, including research projects, teaching and service.

We look forward to welcoming you to Auckland in July, 2022.


Extended abstracts of 300-400 words can be emailed directly to the Conference Organisers ( by Friday 25 March 2022. Submissions should be ONE page, single-spaced, excluding any references with no headers, footers, or track changes. Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be made within one month and communicated to authors by Friday mid April 2022. All contributions will be peer reviewed. Abstracts should include 3-5 keywords (to aid reviewing), FULL contact details, including all author names, institutional affiliations, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses. To meet the eligibility requirement of being ‘Early Career’, we ask you to also confirm the year you received your PhD.

We encourage you to submit works in progress or projects that would benefit from feedback on development, design, methods or positioning of findings/journal submission, to maximise collaboration opportunities and wide-ranging discussions. Work currently under review at an academic journal will not be prioritised.

Download printable call for abstracts


Am I an ‘Early Career’ academic?

We are taking a broad view of ‘Early Career’ in acknowledgment everyone’s career looks different, however you will need to have received your PhD less than 10 years ago and be in an academic role of Post Doc/Lecturer/Senior Lecturer.

What COVID-19 restrictions will be in place?

We acknowledge we all need certainty, and some may be vulnerable – our Organising Committee is working hard to provide the safest conference we can. If you have any questions at all, please email us at

AUT is currently operating under the Orange setting of the traffic light system including recommended mask in sessions (unless eating/drinking or you are presenting and able to be socially distanced), and capacity limits

Will the conference be held online/hybrid?

No, the conference is in-person – we’ve all spent enough time on screens lately! Our focus is building new networks, refreshing existing ones, and connecting across the varied roles we have as Early Career Academics, including research projects, teaching and service.

If you have any questions, please direct them to your Business School rep on our Organising Committee.

Organising committee

Auckland University of Technology

Dr Ayesha Scott

Massey University

Dr Dimu Ehalaiye
Dr Natalia D’Souza

Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Ben Walker

Lincoln University

Dr Wei Yang

University of Canterbury

Dr Pan Zheng

University of Otago

Dr Loic(Pengtao) Li

The University of Waikato

Dr Zack Dorner

The University of Auckland

Dr Grigorij Ljubownikow

NZ Universities

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