Keynote speakers

Professor Stephen Billett

Professor Stephen Billett has a long history of research and practice in work-based and work-integrated learning and is one of the leading international researchers in this area.

Stephen Billett is Professor of Adult and Vocational Education in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. Stephen has worked as a vocational educator, educational administrator, teacher educator, professional development practitioner and policy developer within the Australian vocational education system and as a teacher and researcher at Griffith University.

In June 2011, he commenced a four-year Australian Research Council Future Fellowship on learning through practice, which aimed to develop a curriculum and pedagogy of practice. More recently he was awarded an OLT Development Grant examining students’ post-practicum experiences.

At the ACEN National Conference, Stephen will be speaking to his recent work, emerging from his OLT Development Grant, around innovation, learning and work-integrated education, providing challenging insights into current practice and the future opportunities of WIL.


Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz

Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz is an academic and industry leader with extensive experience in research and co-innovating with industry and university partners, and delivering innovative products to the market.

Currently, as Professor and Chair in Digital Economy, at QUT, as well as Leader of the Embracing Digital Age research theme, he leads QUTs research agenda to inform and influence a robust digital economy in Australia.

Marek is recognised as a top quality manager and excellent public speaker and has an interest in working with stakeholders in developing innovative ideas, ground-breaking business applications and high-impact new technologies.

As part of the ACEN National Conference, Professor Kowalkiewicz will lead an engaging exploration of the future possibilities and innovations in the practice of WIL, and how WIL can be responsive to the changing economy and nature of work.

Assoc. Professor Marina Harvey

Associate Professor Marina Harvey is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Australian National Teaching Fellow and has also received national and university citations for outstanding contributions to student learning.  She is also currently Director of Academic Development Services at the University of New South Wales.

Marina is well regarded for her research and scholarship of academic practice and enhancing learning and teaching in higher education.  Her work in enhancing quality learning and teaching is underpinned by, and focuses on, reflection for learning, often in the WIL context. Other scholarly interests include distributed leadership and mentoring for learning and teaching in higher education, all of which are examined through Participatory Action Research.

At the ACEN National Conference, Marina will be taking of the role of provocateur offering her insights, challenges and critiques across the conference, advancing creative and innovative thinking for participants, and shaping conversations around future practice in WIL.