Call for Papers

The Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) is pleased to announce a call for papers for its 27th National Conference to be held in Canberra at the QT Hotel on 21 - 23 August 2018.

The conference theme is: 

“Integrated Intelligence: Working Together Better”

Intelligence professionals make their living drawing actionable insights from sketchy data, but the growing velocity, volume, variety, and complexity of this data demands more than the popular view of intelligence as solo operators, siloed functions, and exclusive organisations. To be successful, modern intelligence professionals must rely on ‘outsiders’ – business, academe, and public sector institutions – tightly integrated for alignment, complementarity, and synergy. AIPIO – as a critical change agent in the intelligence profession – stands ready to engage, support, advise, and partner to advance this goal of ‘integrated intelligence’. We believe advancing this goal requires measured investment in collaboration, technology, and capability. 

The theme, Integrated Intelligence: Working Together Better will focus on three specific areas: 


Collaboration ensures that intelligence professionals working as a ‘community’ can achieve more than the sum of their individual efforts. Collaboration may be technologically-enabled but generates power by leveraging the fundamentally human nature of intelligence work. Collaboration across intelligence problems, domains, and agencies stimulates the development of quality intelligence products and services through sharing good practices, resources, and expertise while minimising duplication of effort and conflict.

Technology, as a powerful enabling instrument, may be both a boon and a bane. Building on the technology enablement theme of previous AIPIO national events, we will explore how the intelligence function can anticipate and make the best use of emerging and future technological advancements. We also recognise that nimble and well-resourced adversaries may use these technological advancements as means of attack or to otherwise support the achievement of their ends.

Capability emerges from an ‘integrated intelligence’ approach. Capability gives us the potential to shape our operating environments, and the agility to pivot towards new and emerging threats in a timely and effective manner. Capability development requires foresight, discipline and commitment - which also may challenge our established ways of working - as we confront the tides of change. Capability development is an investment in our future wellbeing as individual intelligence professionals and as an intelligence community.

The 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 after the conference – subject to contributor approval. 

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 (300 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. 

Papers should not be published elsewhere prior to being published in the AIPIO Journal.

Due Dates

15 April 2018: Abstracts due

29 April 2018: Requests for full papers will be sent out and unsuccessful contributors will be notified.

15 June 2018: Papers due. Please note that if you fail to submit your paper then you will be unable to present at the conference.

Abstracts and papers should be sent to: Attn: Dr Angela Irwin (Managing Editor – AIPIO Journal) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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: