This year’s theme is 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 wellbeing. 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. 

In 2024 delegates and presenters are meeting face-to-face in Melbourne, Australia. Come along to share, network, and learn about what is happening in evaluation, and evaluation-related fields, in Australia, New Zealand, the Australasian region, and across the world.

First Nations Peoples of Australia focused presentations 

In line with the AES First Nations Cultural Safety Framework, we are committed to supporting Australian First Nations Peoples to strengthen and build their evaluation capacity at aes24 and action our commitment to culturally safe evaluation theory, practice and use. The AES strongly encourages Australian First Nations-focused presentations and papers to be delivered by and with Australian First Nations people wherever possible. We encourage non-Indigenous presenters to refer to the AES First Nations Cultural Safety Framework to guide you when writing your submission, and include this in your justification statement. 

We honour and celebrate Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing in evaluation; and welcome Australian First Nations evaluators to share their voices and perspectives at aes24.

Face-to-face conference

It is a condition of making a proposal that you agree that all proposal presenters will be attending the conference in-person and that all presentations will be delivered face-to-face. Delegates will be able to network with colleagues in person. 

Conference dates

Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 September 2024


Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 September 2024

Conference venue
Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre
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Proposal submission deadline dates

Conference workshop proposals: closed
Conference presentation proposals: closed
Ignite presentations: closed

It is your responsibility to meet these deadlines. The Australian Evaluation Society cannot be held responsible for errors caused by internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events.

Conference and workshop presenters will be notified of acceptance during May 2024.

Submission conditions

  • The 2024 conference is being held face-to-face in Melbourne, Australia and all presenters are required to be present in-person for their presentation (that is, hybrid or virtual presentations will not be accepted).
  • All conference presenters must register, and pay, for at least the day they are presenting (and every other day they are attending the conference).
  • To ensure that an accepted presentation (and its abstract) is included in the final program at least one presenter must register by 7 July 2024. All presenters must be registered by 31 July 2024.
  • There is an expectation that presentations will substantially match the description in the submitted abstract.
  • All abstracts must be prepared in accordance to the guidelines provided. Incomplete or incorrect submissions will be will be rejected.
  • If the abstract is selected, consent is provided for the presentation slides (for oral presenters); video; audio recording and photos taken during the oral presentation to be used and published following the conference by Australian Evaluation Society unless permission is withdrawn within 14 days of the conference closing.
  • Submission of your abstract/s implies you have read, understood and comply with these conditions.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by the presenting author who should complete all fields on the online submission form.
  • The person submitting the information must be one of the presenters.
  • The person submitting the abstract should be the nominated main contact of your abstract. All correspondence relating to the submission will be directed to this person, and they should in turn distribute to any other co-presenters.
  • Should your proposal be accepted you must immediately inform the organisers of any change of, or withdrawal, of presenters. The AES reserves the right to remove presentations from the program where substantial changes have been made to the original presenter roster.
  • If you are submitting more than one abstract a separate submission must be made for each one.

By submitting a conference presentation proposal you are agreeing to these conditions.

Advice and assistance

For advice regarding scope, content or structure of proposals contact the conference program chair via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (mark 'ATT: Program Chair').

For advice on the submission process, please contact the Australian Evaluation Society, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Interested in reviewing conference proposals or ignite presentations?

Expressions of interest close Monday 11 March 2024

We are seeking your assistance to review the conference proposals. The call for conference proposals closes on 11 March 2024. If you volunteer, you will need to review the proposals from between 20 March and 10 April 2024. Please ensure you are available to review during this period before submitting your EOI.

This year’s conference proposals review will be a double-blind review. This means that author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. The review process is fully automated and anonymous. You will be provided with instructions to guide your review when using the online assessment tool. Reviewers' names will be published in the conference abstract book.

If you are interested, please register here.