Call for Abstracts

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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.

Presentation Types

The following presentation types are available:

Technical Oral presentation

Technical oral presentations consist of an abstract that will be peer-reviewed by the WEC Technical Committee followed by a full paper submission which will also be peer-reviewed. 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 encouraged but not compulsory.

Technical Poster presentation

Technical poster presentation are supported by an abstract that will be peer-reviewed by the WEC Technical Committee 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 presentations consist of showcasing experience in industry-based good practices, lessons learnt, project work and strategies. Industry oral presentations are supported by an abstract that will be peer-reviewed by the WEC Technical Committee 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 encouraged but not compulsory.

Industry Poster presentation

Industry poster presentation are supported by an abstract that will be peer-reviewed by the WEC Technical Committee 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

  • All abstracts must be prepared in the format specified in the Abstract Submission Guidelines.
  • 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.
  • 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

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 Editors. Papers that are not accepted into a peer-reviewed technical journal will be included in the RMIT Informit Engineering Collection following notification of non-acceptance.

Papers published on RMIT Informit Engineering Collection are findable via Google Scholar (and Google); NLA; EBSCO; OCLC; Summon and other database aggregators and search engines.

Papers published in one of EA’s technical journals (except AJMDE) are findable via Compendex; Scopus; Google Scholar (and Google); NLA; EBSCO; OCLC; Summon and other database aggregators and search engines.

Gold Open Access (GOA) Opportunity

All papers that are accepted in one of Engineers Australia’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.

Non-Members

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.

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