October 5, 2017 By Chloe Papas 2017 OPEN Symposium: Everything You Need to Know Registrations are open, so get your tickets now for the 2017 OPEN Sector Research Symposium! The first symposium under the auspices of OPEN (Outcomes Practice Evidence Network) will be held on Monday 30 October 2017 at the University of Melbourne. The full day conference is a fantastic opportunity for practitioners, policy makers, researchers and students to collaborate, learn about new research and share promising practice. We are honoured to have two key speakers for the OPEN Symposium: Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People Andrew Jackamos, and Professor Patricia Rogers, an expert in evaluation. Further speakers will be announced closer to the date. A flyer for the Symposium is available here; please feel free to send it to colleagues and friends. Tickets Registrations are now open, and tickets are selling fast – so get in quick! We have significant discounts on offer for our members and for students, and a special offer for students who join up before October 25. Prices are as follows, and you can buy your tickets here. Members: $100 Non-Members: $150 Student Members: $20 Student Non-Members: $50 Program Attendees can click here to see the Program for the day. Speaker Abstracts Attendees can click here to see OPEN Sector Research Symposium Speaker Abstracts. Digital kit #OPENConf2017 Work in child and family services and want to help get the word out about the OPEN Symposium? We’ve put a digital kit together to make things easier for you. There are newsletter blurbs, tweets, suggested Facebook posts, and further info about ticketing that you can easily copy and paste and distribute to your networks. 2017 Open Symposium Digital Tool Kit Getting there The OPEN Sector Research Symposium will be held at the University of Melbourne, in the Faculty of Business and Economics Building. The address is 111 Barry Street, Carlton, Melbourne 3000. Melbourne University is accessible by public transport via the following trams: The 19, 57 and 59 from Haymarket Street. The 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72 from Lincoln Square on Swanston Street. If you prefer to walk, you can alight any City Loop train at Melbourne Central Railway Station and walk directly up Swanston Street. If you are driving: Melbourne University is located in Carlton, Melbourne. There is limited, time-restricted on-street paid parking around the Business and Economics building on Barry and Leicester Streets. We recommend consulting this list of available nearby parking to choose which option best suits your needs.