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Children's Media Symposium


24-26 November 2017 

The Children’s Media Symposium brings together two related ways of knowing about children’s media by showcasing both academic and industry/practitioner perspectives.

Whether you are a scholar, a creator of children’s media, an educator, or an interested member of the general public, the Children’s Media Symposium will offer a rich, holistic snapshot of the changing children’s mediascape.

Ticket prices

  • Full conference registration: A$380
  • Full conference registration (student): A$245
  • One-day pass (25 Nov ONLY, Shaun Tan, Gary Crew and other distinguished presenters - see Sat program: A$97

CMS 2017 speakers

Where and when?

The Children’s Media Symposium is held at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Queensland, Australia 24–26, November 2017.

The Sunshine Coast is a fast-growing regional area of South East Queensland approximately 1 hour north of Brisbane; Queensland’s capital and largest city.

How do I get there?

Travel to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane can be planned on public transport through Translink, South East Queensland’s public transport provider.

See Con-X-ion shuttle bus option from Brisbane airport to the Sunshine Coast 

Alternatively, you can fly directly to the Sunshine Coast. Flights to and from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Auckland are serviced by the Sunshine Coast Airport.

Where should I stay?

USC’s main campus at Sippy Downs is a 15 minute drive from several of Australia’s most renowned beaches and popular tourist destinations at Maroochydore, Alexandra Headlands, and Mooloolaba. Leafy hinterland areas such as Buderim and, further afield, Maleny and Montville, offer bushwalks and fine dining.

Each of these areas offers accommodation at a range of price points, from hotels and resorts to bed and breakfasts. Airbnb listings start at as little as A$50 per night.

But make sure you plan your journey carefully, checking the distance between your accommodation and the campus, particularly if you are planning on using public transport. The Sunshine Coast is a sprawling region and not all areas are close by to the campus.

The CMS has organised a special accommodation rate for conference delegates at the Mantra on Mooloolaba - refer to the booking form for more information.

See local bus timetables (bus 615 from Mooloolaba River Esp to USC and from USC to Mooloolaba, River Esp)

Organisers and sponsors

  • Dr Anna Potter - ARC DECRA Fellow, International Transformations in Children’s Television 2013–18
  • Dr Inez Mahony - Research Officer, Arts Research in Creative Humanities (ARCH) 

The 2017 Children’s Media Symposium is proudly sponsored by the Australian Children's Television Foundation and USC’s Arts Research in Creative Humanities (ARCH).

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