Call for Submissions

Submissions Open: 1 December 2020
Submissions Closing Date: 9 June 2021
Resubmitted Abstract Notification of Acceptance: 5 August 2022

The Organising Committee of SOCCON 2021 are looking for passionate people to present hands-on interactive workshops at SOCCON 2021! This is an exciting opportunity for us to cement the Social Sciences as an integral component of the New Zealand Curriculum.

The theme for this year is Embracing Change and will allow for exploration in the areas of new approaches and dealing with our ever-changing world. Workshop ideas outside of the theme may be considered and are welcome. It is noted that sponsors/exhibitors may like to have a workshop and the SOCCON committee are planning on having a blocked/set time when workshops by exhibitors/sponsors will be delivered. 

Potential topics could include:

  • All Social Science subjects taught in Primary and Secondary schools
  • NCEA Change
  • Pedagogical Approaches 
  • Social Science Assessment approaches
  • Primary Social Studies approaches - big focus for 2021
  • New initiatives from government and NGO’s
  • New ways of teaching and learning in this ever-changing world
  • Junior Social Studies

Photo credit: Quinn Smith


  • Presentation formats include 60, 45 and 30 min workshops. 
  • Submissions should provide a brief paragraph that states link(s) to the theme, no more than 300 words, outlining what you will cover in your workshop/session, what educators will gain from attending your workshop/session and how it can enhance teaching and learning in (and out) of the classroom.  Please include any proposed workshop contributor/presenters.
  • If you have any specific requests/requirements related to the set-up of your workshop (room size, seating style, min/max numbers, non-standard AV) please note these in the field available during the submission process. Requests will be considered but cannot be guaranteed.
  • SOCCON caters for years 0-13 in the education system, so please state which sector(s) your workshop would be appropriate for (multiple selections will be allowed):

    • Lower Primary (Years 0-4)
    • Upper Primary/Intermediate (Years 5-8)
    • Junior Social Sciences (Years 9-10)
    • Senior Social Sciences (Years 11-13)

  • Please indicate which subject area/s your session applies to (multiple selections will be allowed):
    • Primary Social Studies
    • Social studies – Junior (9-10)
    • Social Studies – Senior (11-13)
    • Geography
    • History
    • Sociology
    • Psychology
    • Tourism
    • Legal Studies

    • Media Studies
    • Classical Studies
    • Religious Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Accounting
    • Financial Literacy
    • Business Studies
    • Economics
    • Education for Sustainability

Format of submission 

  • Proposals to be submitted in English
  • Submissions should be no more than 300 words.
  • Please prepare to paste your description into a text box
  • Your title and authors/ affiliations will need to be entered in separately
  • You will be asked to indicate the sector/s that your workshop is relevant to
  • You will be asked to indicate which subject area/s your workshop applies to
  • You will be required to enter a bio for the Presenting Author (max. 100 words)
  • Upload a photograph of the presenter for inclusion in the conference mobile app.
  • If you are submitting on behalf of the presenter/s, please have their email address/s ready to include in the submission
  • Special request/requirements can be included in the relevant field provided during the submission process
  • Please note: there is a limit of 3 submissions per person

Key Dates

December 2020

Submissions open.

9 June 2021

Submissions closing date.

5 August 2022

Re-submitted abstract acceptance advised.

General Information

Language of Submission
All submissions must be submitted in English or accompanied with an English version.

Word Count
Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words.

Review and Notification to Authors
All completed submissions will be reviewed. You will be informed by email (from of the acceptance status of your abstract by 7 July 2021 (extended to October 2021). Resubmitted abstracts for the 2022 conference will be reviewed and authors notified about acceptance by 5 August 2022.

On acceptance of your submission, all presenters will be required to register and make payment of the registration fees in order to be included in the programme and present at the conference. Registration opens in February 2021. The deadline for presenter registrations is 31 August 2022.

By submitting a session/workshop proposal you give consent to publication of the session/workshop in the conference material including, but not limited to, the SOCCON 2021 conference website, conference programme and conference publicity.

Further details about the session/workshop allocated time and date will be advised with the acceptance notification email.


Principal Sponsor


Major Sponsor


Entry Level Sponsors


Conference Organisers

Conferences & Events Ltd
Conference Manager: Ali Howard
 +64  4 384 1511

This event is organised by Conferences & Events Ltd, Wellington, Auckland, Nelson & Nationwide.  We are a New Zealand business.