Australian Fatherhood Research Symposium 2021

Researchers examining fathers, fathering or fatherhood are invited to contribute to the annual symposium on Fatherhood Research in Australia to be held on May 6th and 7th 2021.

The symposium is an annual opportunity for researchers to build and consolidate collaborations with other researchers and practitioners who work with fathers. The event is co-hosted by the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, Deakin University and the Family Action Centre, The University of Newcastle. A range of disciplines are represented.

Join us for keynote presentations, workshops and snapshot summaries that showcase research and father-inclusive programs from around Australia.

The symposium is organised by the Australian Fatherhood Research Consortium, which seeks to advance the science of fatherhood; inform practice and policy that supports men and their families; and, promote healthy inclusion of fathers in family life.

We invite you to join us to build effective collaborations so that we may further the evidence base on fathering.

Given the uncertainty due to COVID-19, the symposium will again be held online via Zoom.

Day 1: May 6th - Keynote speaker Professor Alistair Thomson and research presentations.

Day 2: May 7th - AFRC working group meetings.

Registration is essential.

Key Dates

January 2021 - Registrations and abstract submissions open

Monday February 22nd, 2021 - Abstract submissions close

Wednesday April 28th, 2021 - Registrations close


The full program is yet to be released, but Day 1 will feature Monash University historian, Alistair Thomson, giving the keynote address. His topic: 

‘Fatherhood in 20th Century Australia: Learning From History’

Registration is $35 and concession $25. 




May 06, 2021 at 9:00am - May 07, 2021


At home
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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Dr Jacquie Macdonald ·

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.