SMAANZ 2023 - Call for Abstracts

Dear SMAANZ Community,

The University of Canberra (UC) is proud to be hosting the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ) 2023 Conference, scheduled for November 29 to December 1, 2023. We look forward to welcoming academic, industry, and government delegates to the conference. Planning is already underway to provide a unique academic and social program and we look forward to showcasing the nation’s great capital city and welcoming sport management academics from across Australia and around the globe to the University of Canberra.

Canberra is without doubt the nerve centre of both sport and politics in Australia. Being home to the federal government and Sport Australia, the decisions which affect all Australians in sport and in life more broadly are made in Canberra. Not only this, but Canberra is also home to franchises/teams in several professional sports as well as a host of national governing bodies.

Conference Theme - Facing the Future – Academic Research Supporting Industry Practice

Our vision for the SMAANZ conference is ambitious: focused on connecting the Academy with industry and government.  We seek to unlock the potential of SMAANZ and the sport community to deliver a conference with an exhilarating and productive experience.  Consequently, the theme for the conference is: Facing the Future – Academic Research Supporting Industry Practice.  We believe this theme is extremely important and relevant as the various stakeholders in sport seek practical outcomes and solutions driven by evidence that allow us to face the future together.

Call for Abstracts - Open Now!

On behalf of SMAANZ and the Conference Organising Committee, we invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the conference. We welcome abstracts on a broad range of topics including: 1) management, leadership, governance, and marketing of sport, 2) sport development, 3) impacts of sport, 4) sport media and communications, 5) sport and culture, and 6) sport innovation.

For the 2023 conference we are once again inviting abstracts for the ever-popular Enlightening Talk format, in addition to our traditional conference presentations.  Abstracts should be submitted via our online portal by Friday June 30th, 11:59pm AEST, in line with the submission guidelines. Please note there will be no extensions to this deadline.

Further information on SMAANZ 2023 is available here.

We look forward to seeing you in the Nation’s Capital, Canberra!

Stirling Sharpe,

SMAANZ 2023, Conference Chair

More on Canberra: The capital of the Australia, Canberra is home to over 400,000 residents and a number of monuments and landmarks including Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia and Lake Burley Griffin. It is easily accessible from major Australian and New Zealand cities via Canberra Airport, and home to a number of national sport organisations including Sport Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport.

More on the University of Canberra: The University of Canberra is a young university with fierce ambition. Our continued success in research and education has resulted in UC becoming the Australia’s fastest rising university and one of the fastest rising in the world (QS, 2022). The University has been named in the top one per cent of universities worldwide, placed in the 184th position of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.


We are the university in, of, for, and from Canberra — the nation’s capital university. Young and dynamic with a clear public purpose of serving the people and communities of Canberra and the surrounding regions. UC is a university for the professions — we focus on employment and mission-based research.

The University is ranked #1 worldwide for reducing inequalities (THE, 2021)

In the Reduced Inequalities category, the University’s research on social inequalities, policies on discrimination, and commitment to recruiting staff and students from under-represented groups, were all factors that led to it being named the number 1 university in the world.