Inaugural Early Start Conference
Wollongong, Australia – 28–30 September 2015
Highlights from Conference 2015
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2015 Inaugural Early Start Conference – what a wonderful time we all had! This video contains some of the social highlights. Looking forward to seeing you again in 2017!
The University of Wollongong is excited to invite you to the inaugural Early Start Conference, to be hosted at our new $44M Early Start research, teaching and community engagement facility in Wollongong, Australia, from the 28th to the 30th of September, 2015.
The Early Start Vision
Early Start is a strategic initiative of the University that recognises the significance of early experiences in shaping life trajectories. It centres on a multidisciplinary approach to exploring the earliest years of life including research pursued in conjunction with national and international scholarly, industry and government partners.
About Early Start
The Early Start Facility, based at the University's Wollongong campus, houses state-of-the-art teaching and research areas as well as public access to a Discovery Space that offers exciting learning experiences for young children and their families. Technological innovations allow collaboration with a network of early childhood education and care centres across regional, rural and remote areas of Australia, connecting communities with researchers and specialist practitioners.
Improving Children’s Lives:
Translating Research for Practice, Policy and Community
At the core of the Early Start mission is the goal of improving children’s lives. Our research efforts are founded in a commitment to bringing together academics from across discipline boundaries and working closely with government and industry to improve early childhood policy and practice.
This conference will address the challenges that exist in policy and practice for children, families and educators by exploring current approaches to research in the early years of life and proposing strategies for the future that will both inform and improve work in the field. Target audience: researchers with a focus on investment in young children from the perspectives of education, health, law, psychology, sociology, economics, policy, indigenous affairs, social work and other related areas as well as educators, practitioners and policy specialists.
Keynote and Invited Speakers:
- Professor Catherine Snow (Harvard University)
- Professor Iram Siraj (UCL Institute of Education and University of Wollongong)
- Professor Edward Melhuish (University of Oxford, Birkbeck, University of London and University of Wollongong)
- Professor Michael Wald (Stanford University)
- Professor Dianne Ward (University of North Carolina)
- Professor Marc de Rosnay (University of Wollongong)
- Professor Fred Paas (Erasmus University and University of Wollongong)
- Professor Susan Danby (Queensland University of Technology)