An opportunity to enhance Service-learning and community engagement in higher education

We are pleased to announce that Griffith University will host a Service-learning Summit from 14-15 November 2019 at our Gold Coast campus.

The Summit will explore a range of topics within Service-learning and have a refreshing and innovative format that will ensure you gain maximum benefit from attending whether you are new to the concept of Service-learning or are looking for more of a masterclass experience. In line with the nature of Service-learning, we are planning to use social enterprises for catering and keep the cost for participants as low as possible.


Registration: $585

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We are particularly keen to receive abstracts for TED-type talks, world cafes, elevator pitches or any idea you may have to participate. We want to hear as many great practice examples as we can.

Abstract submissions are now closed.

Keynote speaker and workshop presenter, Dr Richard Kiely

Dr Richard Kiely currently serves as a senior fellow in the Office of Engagement Initiatives (OEI) in Cornell University’s Office of Engagement Initiatives.

In 2005, he was recognized nationally as a John Glenn Scholar in Service-Learning for his longitudinal research that led to the development of a transformative service-learning model (See Kiely, 2004, 2005, 2011). He served as the co-editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning for two special sections on global service-learning (2014/2015) and recently completed a co-authored book Community-Based Global Learning: The Theory and Practice of Ethical Engagement at Home and Abroad (2018).

Dr Richard Kiely is the co-founder of a community-driven global service-learning (GSL) partnership in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, which will be entering its 25th year in 2019 and co-founder of, a multi-institutional hub supporting ethical global learning and community-campus partnerships.

Service-learning Australia Summit

  • an opportunity to enhance Service-learning (SL) and Community Engagement (CE) in the Australian context
  • meet colleagues working in SL and CE to share practice
  • discuss how SL and Work-integrated Learning practices align and/or differ
  • share research on the transformative effects of SL and CE
  • workshop the challenges and successful responses of SL and CE activities
  • sharing results of the national desktop audit on SL in Australia

The Summit

A lively dynamic two days of discussion and workshops that will build your professional skills in delivering SL and CE activities.

Abstracts or proposals invited for:

  • ted-type talks
  • humans of SL
  • student voice
  • range of workshops
  • think-a-thons
  • co-creating workshop agendas
  • world-cafes
  • personal introspectives


Griffith University Gold Coast campus can be accessed via the G:link (light rail). The Gold Coast University Hospital G:link stop is a five minute walk from the conference rooms.

Visit G:link

For further information on bus, ferry, train and tram networks for visiting South East Queensland.

Visit Translink


Further information will be available soon.

Gold Coast campus parking map


QT Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise currently have a great special due to their pool refurbishment (the pool is set to reopen 1 December 2019) which allows 20% off their best available rate.

This offer is bookable online via QT Gold Coast or phone +61 7 5584 1200.

It is a 5 minute walk to the Surfers Paradise North G:link stop.

Gold Coast campus building locations

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