Call for Papers: Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO)

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The Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) is pleased to announce a call for papers for its 26th National Conference to be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart 22 - 24 August 2017. The conference theme is:

“Breaking Down the Barriers”

The conference theme for each year changes to reflect the dynamic and often perpetual environment change in which analysts from all fields find themselves confronted by, seeking answers and solutions from providers and other members of this close-knit community.

Today, organisations are challenged to make faster, better informed, and wide ranging decisions in order to adapt to and remain competitive in today’s evolving operating environment. But as complexity grows, new barriers are emerging across organisational, systems, and practice boundaries. Customers are rightly asking whether they are getting the most out of their investment in intelligence. To succeed, intelligence professionals must work diligently to dissolve these barriers that may constrain the flow of insights to a more diverse and demanding customer base. Approaches that privilege effective engagement, technological enablement, and innovative practices are needed to satisfy expanding and more discerning intelligence needs.

The theme, Breaking Down the Barriers, will focus on three specific areas: 

Effective Engagement 
In the information age, our practices remain human centred, relying on human relationships to ensure the right insights flow to the right people at the right time. However, we must become more anticipatory and collaborative in our approaches, so that our social systems can keep pace with our technical systems. 

Technological Enablement 
New intelligence systems and capabilities must be integrated to provide a ‘single pane of glass’ view of the operating environment, rather than proliferate silos. Promising technologies include collaboration tools, analytics, visualisation, and cognitive computing. 

Innovative Practices
We must leverage extensive technological enablement of intelligence to help us move away from familiar ways of working so as to be able to see, think, and act differently in the world. We can improve productivity by handling numerous forms of data across multiple lines of inquiry while linking different pieces of related information.

The authors of successful abstracts will be given the opportunity to prepare a paper and present it to a national conference with more than 150 intelligence professionals present. All selected papers will also be presented in a special edition of the AIPIO journal to be available online prior to the conference. (Vol. 25, No. 2), should contributors agree.

The AIPIO Journal is the only Australian peer reviewed journal dedicated to the development of research and the generation of knowledge on intelligence and related studies. It is recognised as a category C journal. 

An abstract (250 maximum words) outlining your paper and addressing the theme of the conference and one of the three key areas should be prepared. All abstracts will be considered by a committee. Successful applicants will be notified and will be invited to complete a full paper.

The paper will be presented at the conference and should contain sufficient information for a 30-minute presentation.

Due Dates
14 April 2017: Abstracts due
28 April 2017: Requests for full papers will be sent out and unsuccessful contributors will be notified.
16 June 2017: Papers due

Abstracts and papers should be sent to:
Attn: Dr. Angela Irwin (Managing Editor – AIPIO Journal) at

Please note successful papers will need to be submitted in the preferred format of the AIPIO Journal as noted in the “Instruction for Authors” on the AIPIO website: