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16 – 18 October 2013
MCG, Melbourne

Call For Presentations

The Call for Presentations has now closed

The Bike Futures Conference is a must-attend event for representatives and staff in local government and anyone who works alongside Local Government in Australasia.

The Conference will provide a prime opportunity to contribute to Bike Futures - the program that is building the capacity of local government across Australasia to get More People Cycling More Often. Presenters will showcase their work, strategies and solutions and attendees will hear about the work currently being undertaken by their peers. Presentations will be 20 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions each, unless otherwise informed.

The poster display at the Bike Futures Conference will also provide an excellent opportunity for those in the industry. You’ll be able to communicate an idea or strategy in a visual way which stimulates interest and discussion. A poster session will take place at the Conference, giving successful poster abstract submitters a dedicated opportunity to discuss their poster with other delegates.

Abstract Themes

  • How to design intersections with riders in mind
  • Separation on-road
  • Behaviour change - effective programs, strategies and case studies
  • Data - quantitative and qualitative including census analysis
  • Effective Bike Parking – on-site and on-street
  • Bike planning in outer-suburban and peri-urban environments
  • Making the case - economic analysis and bikes e.g. Benefit cost ratios
  • How to make bikes and public transport work together
  • Health imperatives in local government and the essential roles that bikes play
  • How to Community engagement and consultation with riders
  • Developing the environment for recreational riders
  • Overcoming barriers: The politics of bikes
  • Around the next corner -  the implications of electric bikes
  • Reducing speed limits
  • Bike tourism and regional rail trails
  • Closing city streets to promote bikes and physical activity

Key Dates

  • The Call for Presentations has now closed
  • Notifications of acceptance of presentations will be ongoing following Committee review, but will occur by August at the latest
  • PowerPoint presentations due by Friday 11th October.

Application Process

  • Read through all the information on this page
  • Before starting the submission process we recommend you have the following information ready:
              - Abstract title
              - Abstract text (no more than 400 words)
              - Presenter’s details (including a biography of no more than 150 words)
              - Names and organisations of contributing authors
  • Abstracts must be submitted using the online abstract submission facility. No other means of submission will be accepted. Follow the link at the bottom of this page to access it
  • Acknowledgement of receipt of all abstracts will be made by email
  • Notification of accepted and declined abstracts for presentations and posters will be sent by email.

Submission Conditions

  • The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the Conference
  • Presenters of accepted abstracts are required to register for the Conference at the discounted speaker rate
  • By submitting this proposal you grant the organisers permission to publish the abstract, final paper and author’s biography in hard copy and electronic format
  • The Advisory Committee's decision on the acceptance of abstracts will be final
  • Presenters are asked to reserve the Conference dates in their diaries until they receive notification of submission outcomes.

Please click here for information about Abstract Themes and Guidelines.

Please click here for Guidelines for accepted oral presentations and posters.

If you have any queries about abstract submission, please contact the event organisers:

Key Conference Solutions
Suite 2, Level 1
120 Railway Avenue
Ringwood East
VIC 3135

Phone: + 61 3 9870 2611
Fax: + 61 3 9870 1723
Email: events@keyconference.com.au

Abstract Guidelines

  • All abstracts should include a background, method, results, and conclusion to your study, where possible
  • Abstracts must be no more than 400 words
  • The author’s biography of no more than 150 words must be included
  • Include all authors of the submission and their affiliations
  • Abstract submitters must choose whether their abstract is to be considered for an oral presentation, the poster display, or both an oral presentation and the poster display. Please tick the relevant box on the application form when prompted, to ensure your abstract is considered in the correct category
  • You may submit more than one abstract.

Guidelines for Accepted Oral Presentations

  • Although many presentations utilise PowerPoint, its use is not a prerequisite! We encourage presenters to consider alternative media such as film, pictures etc
  • Whichever medium you choose to use, there will be guidelines/advice on how to make the most effective use of your time on the podium
  • Oral presentations will be scheduled in themes and will be delivered as addresses of 20 minutes with 5 minutes question time.

Guidelines for Accepted Posters

  • Posters should be A1 in size if possible
  • Use a large font size (ideally 24 point or larger)
  • Ensure your poster includes the abstract title and author names
  • Handouts may be used, but audio visual equipment will not be available
  • At least one poster author must register to attend the Conference and be available to participate in the poster session as detailed above
  • Posters will be placed on poster boards for you at the Conference. If you wish to keep your poster after the Conference, you must remove it yourself between 3:30pm and 4:30pm on Friday 18th October. After this time your poster will be removed and will not be stored for you.