Ninth SELF Biennial International Conference



Call for abstracts has now closed

Presenter registration closes: 30 June 2017

The Executive Board the of the Global SELF Research Centre and the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE), Australian Catholic University (ACU) are delighted to announce the Call for Papers for the Ninth SELF Biennial International Conference to be held at ACU's Melbourne Campus. IPPE is an internationally renowned research institution that hosts the Global SELF Research Centre and boasts a number of eminent scholars in the world (e.g. Professors Herb Marsh, Rich Ryan, Ed Deci, Felicia Huppert, Bob Vallerand,). 

The SELF conference serves as the pre-eminent international forum for synthesising cutting-edge self and identity research and driving the international research agenda. This unique conference brings together leading international self researchers, emerging researchers, promising postgraduate students, and practitioners; it provides a lively and intellectually stimulating forum to network, collaborate, and advance the international research agenda.

Research Focus

The conference will feature keynote lectures, symposia, individual paper sessions, and poster sessions. We invite submissions pertaining to a broad array of self-related and identity constructs and processes (e.g., self-concept, self-efficacy, self-esteem, identity, motivation, self-attributions, self-regulated learning, academic interest, and meta-cognition), including theories underlying these constructs, their measurement, their development across the lifespan and during important transitions, their relation to other constructs, their enhancement, and their application in research and practice in diverse settings from early education to retirement (e.g.,  education health, sport, clinical, organisations, public/community services, ). A particular focus of the ninth SELF conference is on the centrality of SELF constructs as fundamental to: 

  • Positive psychology and yielding transformational research with important implications for theory, research, and practice;
  • Enabling well-being and children, youth, adults, and communities to not just succeed but to flourish and thrive; and
  • Transforming lives and communities.  

Guide for Contributors

‘The open submission period begins on 21 November 2016; the submission deadline 5th May, 2017. Contributors need to log in and submit an abstract to an online submission system. Contributors will be notified via e-mail by 19th May 2017 as to whether their presentation has been accepted for presentation at the Conference. Following acceptance of their contribution, all presenting authors need to register for the SELF conference by 26th May, 2017 for inclusion in the conference program.

The official language of the conference is English. Accordingly, proposals must be written and accepted submissions must be presented in English To promote broad participation in the SELF conference, an individual may not appear as first author on more than two submissions.

SELF biennial international conferences accept submissions of empirical research as well as submissions of theoretical papers. It is important that all submissions of empirical research provide information about the theoretical background, research aim, method, and results.


Symposia will provide a coherent set of three to four papers on a particular topic. A discussant adding to the understanding of the papers is optional. If you are submitting a symposium please fill in the symposium title and the symposium chairs as authors. Then upload a single document including:

  1. the overall symposium title
  2. the summary (purpose and importance) of the symposium of no more than 200 words
  3. if feasible the name of the discussant, and the order of the presentations that are submitted for a symposium
  4. all abstracts, clearly labelling presentation titles and authors of each presentations included in the symposium (each no more than 200 words in length)


Individual Submission: Papers and Posters

Papers and posters abstracts should be no more than 200 words in length. The organising committee will group accepted papers and poster submissions into sessions, but reserves the right to assign paper presentations to the poster category.

Terms and Conditions

The submission of an abstract indicates an understanding of the following rules for participation in SELF2017:

  • All author(s) approve submitting this work for presentation.
  • The author(s) transfer(s) all copyright ownership of the named abstract to SELF2017.
  • The author(s) agree(s) to materially confine their presentations to information in the abstract if accepted for presentation. If an author has more than one abstract accepted, each presentation will be materially confined to the information in the abstract selected for the specific session.
  • The presenting author will register for SELF2017 and be available to present the abstract if selected for the program. The presenting author will immediately notify the SELF2017 Secretariat if they are unable to present an abstract or if the presenting author changes. The organisers reserve the right to remove a presentation from the program.