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Early birds at a special reduced rate are currently open for AES members only, closing Wednesday 22 May 2024.

Early birds for everyone will open on Thursday 23 May 2024.


Explore the pre-conference workshop program

Explore the intensive pre-conference workshop program with topical and innovative workshops on the latest in evaluation theories and methods, practices and tools.

Conference theme: Wayfinding

Wayfinding is an ancient process for navigating unfamiliar territory towards an intended destination. It encompasses physical and mental processes, tools and strategies we can use to identify cues, interpret our surroundings and navigate through complex spaces. At aes24 we will seek cues about evaluation across four areas. We will explore our destination: evaluation that contributes to societal and planetary health. We invite critical inquiry about the footprints of evaluation considering equity, decolonisation and the environment. We will discuss and share evaluation tools, their role, benefits and risks. Finally, we consider the journey itself, how we learn and adapt in complex settings, shift the way we show up, and determine what skills, knowledge, and expertise we need today and in the future. 

Keynote speakers
June Oscar
Inaugural Chair, The Wiyi Yani U Thangani Institute for First Nations Gender Justice
Indy Johar
RIBA register architect, serial social entrepreneur, Good Growth Advisor to the Mayor of London, UK
James Copestake
Professor, International Development, University of Bath, UK
Elizabeth Hoffecker
Lead Research Scientist, Local Innovation Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US


Gathering around the Birrarung

The traditional Aboriginal name of Melbourne is Naarm. Known globally for its festivals and sporting events, the city is loved by locals as a foodie paradise and Australia's coffee capital.

Our venue, Melbourne Exhibition Centre is located in the bustling South Wharf precinct on the Birrarung (Yarra) river. The city centre is just a short walk or tram ride away.