KU Annual Conference 2017 - Relationships, Resilience and Risk

The 2017 KU Annual Conference will feature international keynote speakers, Dr. Stuart Shanker (Canada) and Professor Gunilla Dahlberg (Sweden), alongside a program of highly regarded speakers. This year’s conference will provide seminars and workshops and Stories from the Field focused on the areas of Relationships, Resilience and Risk. The conference will also boast a large marketplace featuring high quality suppliers and interactive booths.

Download the program here:

2017 KU Annual Conference Program

Keynote Speakers

Dr Stuart Shanker (Canada)

Dr. Stuart Shanker is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology at York University and the CEO of the MEHRIT Centre, Ltd. His most recent book, Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (And You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage With Life, has garnered glowing reviews around the world, being published in Canada, the US, the UK, South Korea, Germany and The Netherlands, with further translations and foreign editions in the works. His blogs can be regularly seen on the Psychology Today, Huffington Post and TMC websites.

Professor Gunilla Dahlberg (Sweden) 

 Gunilla Dahlberg is a Professor Emerita of Education at Stockholm University, Department of Child and Youth Studies. Gunilla has served on many curriculum-committees, and was one of the experts engaged in writing the first national curriculum for the Swedish pre-school system. She is currently engaged in three different research-projects: Children’s Dialogue with Nature; Trans-culturalism and Communication and The Magic of Language. For thirty years Gunilla has also carried out research in close cooperation with the preschools in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy, and she is a member of the scientific board of ‘Fondazione Reggio Children, Centro Loris Malaguzzi.’ Gunilla is co-author of Beyond quality in Early Childhood Education and Care and Ethics and Politics in Early Childhood, and co-editor of the series, Contesting Early Childhood Education.

Invited Speakers

Dr Stefania Giamminuti, Curtin University

Professor Marc de Rosnay, Early Start, University of Wollongong

Professor Joce Nuttall, Australian Catholic University

Janet Robertson, Mia Mia Child and Family

Professor Margaret Sommerville, Western Sydney University

Dr Robyn Dolby and Eilish Hughes, Secure Beginnings

Gisella Wilson, KU Children’s Services

Elizabeth Aylward, KU Children’s Services

KU Inclusion Support Team, KU Children’s Services


Saturday 21 October 2017

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICCS), Darling Harbour, Sydney

9:00am - 4:45pm


Early Bird Registration until 31 July 2017.


KU Annual Conference 2017 will contribute 4.5 hours of registered PD addressing 6.2.2 and 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

KU Annual Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

Limited places for exhibitors are available for the 2017 KU Annual Conference. Potential exhibitors are welcome to download the 2017 KU Annual Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitors Guide.

For more information about exhibition opportunities, please contact professionallearning@ku.com.au

Download the 2017 KU Annual Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitors Guide here: 

2017 KU Annual Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitors Guide