Earlybird registrations close 10 April 2023


11th IPEd Conference

2–9 May 2023

Where editing and the future meet


Our conference will be held from 2 to 5 May (Tuesday to Friday) and 8 to 9 May (Monday to Tuesday) 2023.

Speakers and times may change.

All presentations will be delivered using Zoom.

Our conference’s main sessions and workshops will happen within these slots:

  • 7 am–12 pm AWST (Perth).
  • 8.30 am–1.30 am ACST (Adelaide, Darwin)
  • 9 am–2 pm AEST (Brisbane, Hobart, Sydney, Melbourne)
  • 11 am–4 pm NZST (New Zealand)

Please note, the workshops are not included in the conference ticket and are a separate professional development package the day before the official event launch. Workshops 1 and 2 run concurrently, as do workshops 3 and 4. If you register for the workshop package, you can register for two non-concurrent workshops.

If you’d like to go to the conference but won’t be able to attend all or any of the sessions, you can access playback facilities for three months afterwards. Playback facilities will only be available for the sessions from 3 to 9 May and not the workshops on 2 May.  Please note, you can only access the recordings if you’re a conference registrant. They will not be available for sale after the event.

Our conference format includes:

  • keynote addresses (30 minutes)
  • research papers (30 minutes)
  • panel sessions (30 minutes)
  • “inside the mind of” (interviews) (30 minutes)
  • workshops (3 hours)

Do you have a burning question you’d like to ask one of the speakers? Several of our panel sessions and the presentation of research papers will include Q&As. 

The workshops provide professional development and practical training and are a great networking opportunity. You could leverage opportunities to collaborate with other editors.

Tuesday 2 May – Workshops

🕘 7 am–10 am AWST (Perth), 8.30 am–11.30 am ACST (Adelaide, Darwin), 9 am–12 pm AEST (Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney), 11 am–2 pm NZST (New Zealand)

Each workshop lasts three hours. Workshops 1 and 2 are at the same time. Workshops 3 and 4 are at the same time.

9 am–12 pm

Write Limited’s workshop for emerging editors

Thomas McGrath

9 am–12 pm

Future-proofing your business: Strategies for getting a steady supply of enquiries as a freelance editor

Malini Devadas

1 pm–4 pm

Beyond Word: open-source editing tools

Darren Goossens

1 pm–4 pm

Writing and editing the “other” in fiction and creative non-fiction

Dr Renée Otmar

Quiz evening

Wednesday 3 May – Setting the scene

🕘 7 am–12 pm AWST (Perth), 8.30 am–1.30 pm ACST (Adelaide, Darwin), 9 am–2 pm AEST (Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney), 11 am–4 pm NZST (New Zealand)

9 am–9.15 am

Welcome to conference

Ruth Davies, IPEd Chair; Karen Lee, IPEd CEO 

9.15 am–9.30 am

Welcome to country

Dr Mark J Lock 

9.30 am–10.00 am

Keynote interview: Adapting to technological developments in language use and publishing

Emeritus Professor Roland Sussex OAM, School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Queensland

Interviewer: Ruth Davies, IPEd Chair

10.15 am–11.00 am

Immutable publishing ecologies and editorial practice in the 21st century

Dr Katherine Day and Dr Jocelyn Hargrave

11.15 am–12.15 pm

1 pm–2 pm

IPEd Awards ceremony

Progressive dinner across time zones

Thursday 4 May – Vital skills to futureproof your editing practice

🕘 7 am–12 pm AWST (Perth), 8.30 am–1.30 pm ACST (Adelaide, Darwin), 9 am–2 pm AEST (Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney), 11 am–4 pm NZST (New Zealand)

9 am–9.45 am

Keynote: Better books: Cultural intelligence and Indigenous strengths in editing

Dr Sandra Phillips, Associate Professor of Indigenous Australian Studies and Publishing Studies, Western Sydney University

10 am–10.45 am

Neurodivergence and editing: a view from inside

Dr Louise Merrington (Australia) and Tanja Gardner (NZ)

11 am–11.45 am

Trauma-informed editing practice: A framework

Camilla Cripps

12 pm–12.45 pm

Research on and about editing: What we know we don’t know (and how we might find out)

Dr Renée Otmar

1 pm–1.45 pm

Editors in conversation: Australian Editors Series project

University of Queensland Press editors

Friday 5 May – Publishing, and micro-credentials for editing

🕘 7 am–12 pm AWST (Perth), 8.30 am–1.30 pm ACST (Adelaide, Darwin), 9 am–2 pm AEST (Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney), 11 am–4 pm NZST (New Zealand)

10.15 am–11.00 am

Whitireia Publishing’s new micro-credentials in editing

Theresa Crewdson and Odessa Owens, representing Whitireia Publishing

11.15 am–12.00 pm

Books without barriers: A practical guide to inclusive publishing

Julie Ganner, Chair of IPEd’s Accessibility Initiative Working Party;

Dr Agata Mrva-Montoya; Maryanne Park AE and Kayt Duncan

12.15 pm–1 pm

Everything I know about publishing

Odessa Owens and Theresa Crewdson

1.15 pm–2.15 pm

Networking breakout rooms – special interest groups

Monday 8 May – Publishing and information design

🕘 7 am–12 pm AWST (Perth), 8.30 am–1.30 pm ACST (Adelaide, Darwin), 9 am–2 pm AEST (Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney), 11 am–4 pm NZST (New Zealand)

9 am–9.45 am

Keynote: 5 tips for optimising your metadata to boost book sales

Joel Naoum, Head of Trade Product, Booktopia

10 am–10.45 am

Information design as a fourth type of editing: A transformative approach

Rebs Harris

11 am–11.45 am

Making information usable: 3 lessons from the digital disciplines

Caitlin Whiteman AE

12 pm–12.45 pm

Editing all over: perspective of editing practices in New Zealand’s public and private sectors

Thomas McGrath, Colleen Trolove, Megan Bennett (Write Limited)

1 pm–1.45 pm

From perfectionist to alchemist: celebrating the nine lives of the plain English editor

Justine Dixon Cooper

Tuesday 9 May – Editing in the digital age and other digital practices

🕘 7 am–12 pm AWST (Perth), 8.30 am–1.30 pm ACST (Adelaide, Darwin), 9 am–2 pm AEST (Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney), 11 am–4 pm NZST (New Zealand)

9 am–9.45 am

Keynote: AI and related technology in scholarly publishing – a double-edged sword?

Martin Delahunty, Director, Inspiring STEM Consulting

10 am–10.45 am

Editing in the digital age – a near-death experience

Nigel Brew

11 am–11.45 am

Futureproofing the next generation of editors: How mentoring benefits all of us

Elizabeth Beach PhD AE (Chair, IPEd Mentoring Committee)

12 pm–1 pm

IPEd plenary

  • Standards for Editing Practice – Dr Sharon Lierse, Chair of IPEd Standards Working Party

  • Pay rates – Kerry Davies, Chair of Pay and Conditions Standing Committee

  • Accreditation Board – Charlotte Cottier, Chair of the Accreditation Board

1 pm–1.15 pm

End of conference – Farewell from the IPEd Chair and IPEd CEO

Ruth Davies, IPEd Chair; Karen Lee IPEd CEO