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The HERDSA 2008 International conference explores the theme Engaging Communities.

Keynote presentations will explore aspects of this theme, including the theoretical frameworks of engaging with local, regional and global communities, learning with communities and within communities, and how staff within higher education can foster ongoing development of communities within the workplace. The conference will encourage wide debate on these themes and will also include a number of social activities to encourage networking and interaction across the conference community.

The conference is to be held in Rotorua, New Zealand, and will be the 31st annual conference in the Society's prestigious series, attracting members and non-members from Australasia and around the world. The conference will be held at the Millennium Hotel, Rotorua. The Millennium Hotel is set amongst landscaped gardens close to the Polynesian Spa and the city centre. Rotorua boasts a range of activities and places to see - from the Redwoods Forest at Whakarewarewa, to the boiling mud and geysers and white water rafting on nearby lakes. For a more relaxed experience you can enjoy the Skyline Gondola, traditional Maori hangi and entertainment, and the thermal spas. A range of tours may be undertaken either before or following the conference.

We welcome you to Rotorua and hope that you will join us in July 2008.

Call for contributions
Opens 17 December 2007.
Deadline for all submissions 26 February 2008.

Dr Mark Barrow, University of Auckland
Dr Kathryn Sutherland, Victoria University of Wellington