Invitation to Attend

On behalf of the Organising Committee, we are delighted to invite you to support the Australasian Ethics Network Conference (AEN18) to be held from the 26th – 28th September 2018 in Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

The conference will be held under the theme “Bridging the Barriers – Understanding misconceptions”. Despite the introduction of legislation and guidelines for the conduct of research a divide still remains between the public, researchers, and ethics review bodies. For example: do research participants really understand what they are consenting to? Why is consumer engagement not yet fully understood by researchers? What is research integrity? How do we build understanding between what researchers want and what the ethics review bodies need?

These topics will be among a diverse range of themes to be discussed at the 2018 Australasian Ethics Network (AEN) Conference, with an aim to bridging the barriers, thus facilitating high quality research. The conference organisers have reviewed previous feedback from the 2014 and 2016 AEN conferences and have developed session themes which will embrace all research paradigms.

Sue Jenkins-Marsh
Convenor, AEN 2018

What is AEN

The AEN is a broad network promoting human ethics review among universities, research institutes and hospitals and interacts closely with government bodies, regulators and funding bodies.

The AEN initially met at the University of Wollongong in 2009 as an extension of the established NSW Universities HREC Chairs annual workshop. Conferences were subsequently held in Melbourne (2010), Brisbane (2012), Fremantle (2013), Sydney (2014) and Adelaide (2016). Since then the AEN has evolved into a strong network with a broad audience and geographic coverage.

Recent successful conferences have attendance rates of up to 350 delegates per event. AEN conferences are now held every 2 years with support from the Australasian Research Management Society and industry sponsors.