Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission deadline extended to Friday 1 February

Abstracts submissions are invited for the World Engineers Convention (WEC) 2019 – providing a rare opportunity to present your work on a global stage. Engineers are leaders who can drive society’s destiny and design new and smarter solutions that enrich lives. The overarching theme for WEC 2019 is Engineering a Sustainable World: The Next 100 Years. The focus will not only be on engineering innovation, but how this can have a positive impact on our lives by creating sustainable engineering solutions.

Sustainability is used in the broadest sense and the convention program will offer three full days of content featuring six themes aligning to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This is a unique opportunity to take an integrated approach to solve many of the problems that the world is facing – all of them requiring engineering.

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Key Themes

Theme 1: How new technology and innovations are reshaping engineering

Interconnectivity is here and the internet of things is planning, organising and anticipating our every need based on our behaviours. Data analytics is key to understanding human motivators and as artificial intelligence accelerates in development, the resulting solutions continue to surprise us as the gap between human and robot closes ever more (or diminishes). AI, nano-technology and advances in software engineering are assisting with medical advancements and delivering ways for all humans to participate in a rich and full life. The evolution of telecommunications and software engineering has facilitated our productivity and mobility, we are selecting our working environments and continuing to create a world where we choose the rules of engagement. How do new technologies shape the engineering landscape and what are the opportunities for the future? How will engineering continue to positively impact our society?

  • Internet of Things
  • Innovation and disruption
  • Data analytics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Telecommunications and cyber security
  • Bio-medical engineering and innovations for better health
  • Robotics
  • Quantum computing

Theme 1 Keywords:

• Augmented reality • Defence • Digital divide and transformation • Drones • Cyber security • Government • 3D printing • Mechatronics • Nano technology • Software engineering • Telecommunications • Tunnelling • Artificial intelligence • Intelligent machines  • Robotics • Innovation • Digital data

Theme 2: Engineering for humanity: responsive design for greater liveability

Our cities are the nuclei of social development, innovation, productivity, economic growth and culture. With the number of people living within cities projected to rise to 5 billion people by 2030, it is vital that resourceful urban planning and management practices are implemented to deal with the challenges brought by urban expansion. However, engineers have a role to play bridging the gap between those living in urban areas and those in rural areas; To find solutions for the shortage of resources, access to clean water and sanitations and equal opportunity for engagement regardless of geographic location, economic status or standard of living. Society is feeling the pressure in areas of energy, water supplies, the living environment and public health services. How do Engineers play a part in designing a future fit for humanity and embracing the sustainable ethos so we can live in a world where the standard of living is equitable for all?

  • Sustainable assets and utilities (water, energy, waste)
  • Transport systems (road, rail, air)
  • Smart cities
  • Smart farming
  • Engineering a sustainable future (population growth, biodiversity, ecosystems)
  • Sustainable water management practices
  • Sustainable energy resources
  • Green infrastructure
  • Environmental sustainability

Theme 2 Keywords:

• Agricultural production • Air quality • Biodiversity • Climate adaptation • Closure objectives • Energy efficiency and certification • Environmental sustainability • ESD engineering • Funding rehabilitation • Future proofing new cities • Global population capacity • Green infrastructure • Ground/Surface water management (Quality, Supply, Reform, Contamination) • Human centred design • Innovation • Land rehabilitation/decontamination • Managing droughts • Managing floods • Managing temporary closure • Pollution management • Reforestation • Remote communities • Renewable energy • Resource constraints • Sanitation • Smart infrastructure • Stakeholder consultation • Sustainable agriculture • Sustainable infrastructure • Urban environment • Urban planning and communities • Urban transportation

Theme 3: Fostering diversity and inclusion

The field of engineering has a diversity problem.  In this context, the term diversity signifies difference in terms of people and the identity categories widely used to represent them.  One of the most compelling reasons why the field of engineering suffers due to a lack of diversity is the deficit of talent and loss of potential innovation.  Increasing access to educational opportunities at all levels, fosters a culture of diversity and inclusion where society benefits from a diverse pool of thought. The lack of diversity signals a large absence of the potential for growth and innovation in engineering and leads to a countless number of missed opportunities. To increase our diverse talent pool of future engineers, we need to break down the barriers determined by socially constructed identity categories that does a disservice to the individuals who have the capacity to succeed as engineers but are unable to do so.  How can Engineers shape the future workforce by breaking down the barriers to diversity and through STEM initiatives pioneer progression and retention of our talent?

  • Capacity building through diversity and inclusiveness
  • Future workforce
  • Managing career progression and retention
  • Teams of the future (breaking old habits)

Theme 3 Keywords:

• Career transitions • Diversity • Diversity politics • Indigenous engineering • Knowledge • Life balance • Mentoring • Technology support • Women in STEM • Work practices • Multi-stage careers

Theme 4: Preparing the next generation of engineers

Engineers Australia is working with the Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools (SMiS) program to encourage more engineers in schools to inspire the next generation of engineers! Our national education programs are seeing shifts that facilitate ongoing partnerships between science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) professionals and teachers to enhance STEM education in schools to prepare for the future. How do engineers meet the gaps now and in to the future for a changing world and how can they participate in shaping an education framework that answers the needs of an ever-evolving society?

  • Education system/framework of tomorrow
  • Future workforce
  • Borderless qualifications
  • Industry-education collaboration
  • Blended learning
  • Interdisciplinarity

Theme 4 Keywords:

• Blended diversity • Breadth/depth • Collaboration • Design thinking • Disruption • Emerging professionals • Flexible pathways • Human-centred creativity • Interdisciplinarity • Networked world • Online • Quality • Stakeholders • Teamwork

Theme 5: Engineering leadership, governance and influence

The engineering profession is ever-changing to meet the needs of a global environmental change and societal demands. While the profession evolves, so to do the requisite skills to deliver and position ‘Engineering’ as a relevant and influential career with impactful outcomes. How is the global engineering profession meeting the needs of role models, career pathways and entrepreneurial skills to ensure that the changing profession responds to market disruption and demands?

  • Governance (market/employer disruption, communication within and outside the profession, mergers)
  • Ethical behaviour and obligations
  • A changing profession (global environment, lifelong learning, entrepreneurial skills)
  • Technical or leadership careers (role models, career pathways)
  • Nature of leadership (influence on wider society)
  • Transformative models

Theme 5 Keywords:

• Educating engineers on ethics • Engineers in society • Engineers volunteering • Ethical obligations • Public service • Sustainable future • Transformative models

Theme 6: Our changing climate: mitigation, resilience and adaptation

Our world is a changing landscape predicated by society’s evolution. We require innovative leadership in harnessing technology to assist in planning for the pressures on resources, disaster monitoring, protecting our oceans, and developing solutions that answer these problems. How do we adapt, mitigate against climate change and build resilience into our profession? What impact can engineers have in sustainability for the next 100 years?

  • Preparedness for major natural and other occurrences (vulnerability assessment)
  • Technology for natural disaster monitoring, mitigation and management
  • Resilient infrastructure for climate change
  • Managing our resources (land, water, mining, energy)
  • Protecting our oceans
  • Building resilience into our engineered society (mitigation).
  • Risk leadership, governance and innovation
  • Leadership in response to natural and other major occurrences (adaptation)

Theme 6 Keywords:

• Adapting and mitigating climate change • Build back better • Changing culture • Changing landscape • Disaster planning and design • Disaster preparedness • Disaster risk reduction in development • Emergency management • Engineering for response • Politics of mitigation versus adaptation • Reconstruction • Recovery • Regulatory change • Rehabilitation • Risk mitigation • Standards and controls

Presentation Types

The following presentation types are available:

Technical Oral presentation

Technical oral presentation consists of a peer-reviewed abstract followed by a full paper submission. Papers should address advancements in technical research, investigations and studies, and/or industry trends, and contribute to the scholarly discourse.

The presentation consists of a brief talk and question and answer session. Presentation slides, video clips and props are allowed but not compulsory.

Technical Poster presentation

Technical poster presentation includes a peer-reviewed abstract and static A0 poster that will be exhibited at the Convention. The poster is a summary of the technical findings of research, investigations or studies. The poster will display information including diagrams, text, references or visuals.

Industry Oral presentation

Industry oral presentation consists of show casing experience in industry-based good practices, lessons learnt, project work and strategies. Industry Oral presentations are supported by a peer-reviewed abstract only, there is no full paper submission.

The presentation consists of a brief talk and question and answer session. Presentation slides, video clips and props are allowed but not compulsory.

Industry Poster presentation

Industry poster presentation includes a peer-reviewed abstract and static A0 poster that will be exhibited at the Convention. Industry posters are not peer reviewed. The poster is a summary of industry based good practices, lessons learnt, project work and strategies. The poster will display information including diagrams, text, references or visuals.

General Policies and Requirements

  • Online submission is the only method for submitting abstracts for WEC 2019.
  • The abstract must be written in English and submitted through the online presentation portal.
  • Technical abstracts must contain original work that has no prior ownership or copyright restrictions.
  • Industry abstracts may have been presented a maximum of two times previously.
  • All abstracts must be prepared in the format specified in the Abstract Submission Guidelines.
  • It is the responsibility of the presenting author to ensure that the abstract is submitted correctly.
  • Upon creating an account for the presentation portal authors will be asked to verify their email address. If a verification email is not received, please check the spam or junk folder.
  • It is a requirement that all authors provide a biography (maximum of 100 words) and photograph (a passport style photograph in high resolution up to 2MB) at the time of abstract submission.
  • Upon abstract submission, authors will be sent a confirmation email containing their abstract in a PDF file. Please contact [email protected] if a confirmation email is not received upon abstract submission.
  • The abstract should not be resubmitted for any reason other than if notified of a submission error.
  • Authors can view or edit their abstracts by returning to their eOrganiser account and by selecting “submissions”. Edits can be made to abstracts until the review process begins.
  • A maximum of two presenters may present a single presentation. No additional time will be given.
  • All presenting authors will be required to register and pay to attend the Convention to ensure their abstract(s) are included in the final program, Convention proceedings and the Convention mobile app. No funding is provided to presenters however, a Bursary Program is available for WEC 2019.
  • If the abstract/full paper is selected, consent is provided for the presentation slides (for oral presenters), video, audio recording and photos taken during the oral presentation/poster presentation to be used and published by WEC 2019 including being provided to delegates of WEC 2019.
  • Poster presentations should be A0 in size (1189mm x 841mm) or up to a maximum of 1200mm x 1000mm (portrait orientation).
  • Members of Engineers Australia can claim CPD hours for attending WEC 2019.

Important Information Regarding Abstract Submission

  1. All authors must create an eOrganiser account in order to submit an abstract.
  2. By submitting an abstract authors agree to the General Policies and Requirements listed above and the Speaker/Author Agreement.
  3. Accepted presenters must be registered for the Convention by 1 August 2019.
  4. A Bursary Program is available for WEC 2019, please click here for further information on eligibility.

Review Process:

Please read through the following carefully before submitting your presentation online through the Online Presentation Portal.

  • The Technical Committee may accept or reject abstracts and their decision is final.
  • The Technical Committee will allocate accepted abstracts into a particular presentation type (see above). The Technical Committee will consider the authors’ preferences in relation to presentation type, and these preferences will be balanced against the number of oral presentations an individual is making, and the overall balance of content in a particular theme.
  • The outcome of the first round of abstract submissions will be emailed in March 2019.

Evaluation Criteria

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Technical Committee according to the evaluation criteria below.

  • Focus and relevance
  • Writing quality
  • Significance

Journal Process:

WEC 2019 Technical Journals

Once review comments have gone back to authors all accepted final papers are to be submitted via the eOrganiser submission portal to be included in the RMIT Informit Engineering Collection.

Alternatively, academics may submit their papers in one of Engineer’s Australia (EA) peer-reviewed technical journals this is instead of publishing their paper in RMIT Informit Engineering Collection. The papers need to be clearly marked ‘WEC 2019 paper’ and the full paper needs to be submitted via the Editorial Manager submission system. There is no guarantee that the paper will be published in the journal, it is subject to peer-review process conducted by respective journal EditorsPapers that are not accepted into a peer-reviewed technical journal can be included in the RMIT Informit Engineering Collection following notification of non-acceptance.

Gold Open Access (GOA) Opportunity

All papers that are accepted in one of EA’s peer-reviewed technical journals may have the opportunity to be published as Gold Open Access (GOA) Valued up to USD$3,000 per paper.

GOA allows authors and readers to read, download and share their papers with anybody without restrictions and in perpetuity.

Engineers Australia has an allowance for up to 7 papers submitted in any of the EA journals to be funded. This is a very rare opportunity.

Access to Abstracts and Papers

All registered WEC 2019 attendees will have access to abstracts via the app (during WEC) and there is an opportunity to access abstracts via website post WEC 2019. A secure log-in will be provided.

EA Members

All registered EA Members will have access to Papers submitted to the RMIT Informit Engineering Collection and free ongoing access to papers published in the EA journals via MyPortal.


All registered WEC 2019 attendees, who are not EA members, will have access to the RMIT Informit Engineering Collection via a secure password for 3 months’ after the Convention.

In addition access to papers submitted in EA journals in version ‘Author Submitted’ (not peer-reviewed by journal editor) can be viewed via the website. A secure log-in will be provided closer to the Convention.

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