Advancing Community Cohesion 2020

Hundreds of decision-makers, thought leaders, influencers, and practitioners from government, civil society and the private sector will gather at Western Sydney University for the 3rd National Advancing Community Cohesion Conference – The Way Forward.

The Conference, from 10-13 February 2020, will provide leaders with the opportunity to discuss challenges confronting social cohesion and community resilience and explore ways to more effectively address them by considering social, economic, cultural, legal, religious, and sexual/gender identity dimensions and perspectives.

For more information on the 3rd Advancing Community Cohesion Conference or to register, please click here (Opens in a new window).

International Human Rights Education Conferences 2010 - 2019

The International Conferences on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) , which were initiated in 2010 by Professor Sev Ozdowski to advance human rights culture world-wide, have been held in Australia, South Africa, Poland, Taiwan, USA, Holland, Chile and most recently in Canada.

For information about past conferences please click here (Opens in a new window).

10th ICHRE - Nepal 2019

The 10th International Conference on Human Rights Education will be held in Nepal from 11-12 December 2019.

The main theme of the 10th International Conference on Human Rights Education, is:

“Human Rights in Academic Excellence, Technology and Artificial Intelligence”.

Other important areas that will be covered as subthemes in line with the main theme include:

  • Human Rights in academic Institutions;
    This includes recognition and use of academic research, technology and artificial intelligence as tools for ensuring collaboration in human rights, enrichment of knowledge, and economic prosperity for all.
  • Human Rights in SDGs and Agenda 2030;
  • Human rights and culture;
  • Human rights in good governance, peace process and justice.

Visit the conference website for further information on the 10th International Human Rights Education Conference (Opens in a new window).

9th ICHRE - 2018

In 2018 the 9th ICHRE Conference was held in Sydney. Please click here (Opens in a new window) for the 9th ICHRE conference report.

Conference photos can be viewed on the ICHRE webpage (Opens in a new window)

Publication of Papers from 9th ICHRE

Professor Audrey Osler, Editor-in-Chief Human Rights Education Review and Professor Sev Ozdowski plan to publish a special edition HRER featuring some of the best papers from the International Conference on Human Rights Education in Sydney in December 2018.  If you presented a paper at this conference and would like it to be considered you should submit an extended abstract (max 300 words) by 31 January  2019 to HRER clearly marking your submission ‘9th ICHRE SYDNEY’. Full papers will be required by 31 March 2019. Further details on word length,  formatting and submission via the HRER platform can be found at Please note that the 300 word abstract is designed to help us make an initial choice. Final papers should follow the normal abstract length. HRER is an open access journal that does not charge either authors or readers. We work with authors to give published papers maximum exposure.

The editors will make a selection of potential papers for the special edition after 31 January 2019, when we will contact all those who have submitted abstracts. It is possible that if we have more than enough strong papers for the special edition that some authors will be encouraged to submit through the standard process.

We invite you to register for HRER here so that you get future updates on the journal:

If you experience any difficulties in uploading an abstract, please contact Gabriela Mezzanotti

You can also follow HRER on Twitter: @humanrer

We look forward to receiving your abstract in due course.

Advancing Community Cohesion 2017

Advancing Community Cohesion conference 2017 logo

Western Sydney University hosted the 2nd National Advancing Community Cohesion Conference – Today’s Challenges and Solutions, at its Parramatta Campus, from 20-22 November 2017.

Over 280 participants attended the Conference which was convened by Dr Sev Ozdowski AM, Director of Equity and Diversity at the University.

The Conference considered contemporary challenges to social cohesion in diverse, multicultural communities, and ways to more effectively address them.  It was attended by politicians, decision-makers, thought leaders, and practitioners from government departments and agencies, academia and think-tanks, civil society organisations, schools, and the private sector.

While multiculturalism was the cross-cutting theme of the Conference, relevant issues were considered from several perspectives including social, economic, political, cultural, legal, religious, and sexual/gender identity, perspectives.

The feedback received from participants revealed that 87.5% rated the Conference as having ‘Very High’ or ‘High’ utility (usefulness, benefit or value) while 93% said they would attend another community cohesion conference organised by the University.

The narrative report on the Conference can accessed here (Opens in a new window)

For more information about the Conference, including photos, please go to the dedicated Conference website which can be accessed by here (Opens in a new window).

Australian Ally Conference 2016

The Australian Ally Conference, organised in partnership with the University of Newcastle, was held at Parramatta Campus on 27-28 June 2016.

Advancing Community Cohesion 2015

Western Sydney University hosted the 'Advancing Community Cohesion - Towards a National Compact' Conference from 15-17 July 2015 on Parramatta South campus.