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Date and Time: Wednesday 27th November 2019, 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm (registration from 12pm), followed by networking drinks
Venue: Griffith University - South Bank campus, Cnr Stanley & Sidon Streets Southbank Parklands, Brisbane 4000
Registrations close: Wednesday 20th November 2019
Fees (GST inclusive): AES and AMSRS members $150, Non-Members $240, Full-time Students $150 (please send copy of student ID card to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Humans are social creatures. Our need to connect with others is deeply hardwired within our DNA. In a fast moving, modern and digital world, social and family dislocation, fragmentation and isolation is becoming more commonplace. The 2018 Australian Loneliness Report revealed one in four Australians reported feeling lonely each week[1]. Feeling lonely can pose a bigger risk for premature death than smoking or obesity[2]. In fact, in 2018 the UK Government announced the world’s first Minister for Loneliness.

Outside of the health implications, increasing fragmentation caused by local and global politics and media can lead to growing distrust in establishments and corporations, heightened anxiety and increases in extremisms, fundamentalisms and violent forms of protests.

While this sounds all doom and gloom, initiatives are being implemented by Governments, not-for-profits, social enterprises and industries to help bring people together, foster connections and increase the sense of community and inclusion. The notion of repurposing profit for a social agenda is also on the rise, and commercial organisations (big and small) are supporting initiatives to help achieve social good and foster connections within the communities they operate.

Research and evaluation are playing a critical role in helping decision-makers and change makers plan, design, measure and understand the value and impact of initiatives in this space, to give ‘voice’ to those effected, and in guiding organisations who are looking for a social licence to operate through building their corporate reputation.

This symposium will provide an opportunity for collective capacity building, knowledge sharing and debate regarding the concepts, considerations and evidence relating to social purpose programs and initiatives aimed at addressing complex issues of social dislocation, fragmentation and isolation.



Please join us to explore and debate areas around social and family dislocation, fragmentation and isolation, and programs and initiatives to help address this.

Who should attend?

  • Social marketers, social researchers, evaluators, statisticians and buyers of these services
  • Managers and practitioners in policy, program development, evaluation, review, research, business and market analysis, social planning and community engagement
  • Government, not-for-profit and private sectors
  • Academics and students from faculties dealing with social and economic change such as health, business, creative industries, biomedical, environmental, education, law, public administration, social sciences
  • Social enterprises, social change advocates, community support groups and stakeholders


Call for Speakers

Can you add to the Conversation?

If you would like to join us as a speaker at the conference, please send us a 1 page word doc explaining your concept.

Please include the following info and email it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by COB Monday 2nd September 2019

  • Proposed session description and how it fits in with our Symposium theme
  • Describe your presentation style (e.g. keynote, workshop, panel discussion etc)
  • Have you presented this session before? If yes, where...
  • Speaker(s) short bio and contact details


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