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CITBA's International Conference 2021

International Conference on Business, Economics, Management, and Sustainability (BEMAS)

2-3 July 2021

Proudly hosted by the Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia (CITBA), at the College of Business, Law, and Governance (CBLG), James Cook University - Australia.

Inquiries to A/Prof Taha Chaiechi, the General Chair for BEMAS:

Download the Conference program and presentation schedules here. 

Community Empowerment, Sustainable Cities, and Transformative Economies. 2nd to 3rd July 2021. CITBA's International Conference 2021

For full details download the Conference Flyer here

Following the successful international Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) event in 2019 organised by the Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia (CITBA) at James Cook University-Australia, the Centre is pleased to announce the International Conference on Business, Economics, Management, and Sustainability (BEMAS) on the 02-03 July 2021. The Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia (CITBA) aims to create a platform for academics, researchers, practitioners and students to disseminate their research findings with other global experts.

We are extremely excited to announce our outstanding panel of seven keynote speakers for the Conference!

The Organising Committee

General Chair:

A/Prof Taha Chaiechi, For all general inquiries please email:

The Scientific Committee :

A/Prof Jacob Wood
A/Prof Josephine Pryce
A/Prof Riccardo Welters
Dr Emiel Eijdenberg
Dr Thirumaran K
Dr Breda McCarthy
Dr Rachel Hay
Dr Caroline Wong
Dr Simona Azzali
Dr Diane Jarvis
Dr Tracey Mahony
Dr Daniel Grainger

Ms Dwi Sugiharti, email:

if you, your organisation, your school, or your team wish to participate, in this event, please contact Ms Sugiharti

Ms Diana Castorina, Email:

For inquiries regarding registration (types, discounts and wavers) please contact Ms Castorina

Ms Fiona Whittenbury

Mr Andres Thornblad, Technology Solutions Directorate

Conference Information

As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves around the globe, to avoid spreading the virus, we have opted for virtual conference that would allow for remote participation particularly for international delegates. In order to offer participants a more flexible way to experience the conference at their own pace and timeline; presentations will be either in the form of live streams or pre-recorded video presentations. Background reading materials such as full papers, posters, and source files will be also provided to participants

Since the COVID restrictions have been eased in Australia for some time now , participants who can travel to Cairns will be able to attend the sessions  in person. Physical function rooms have been booked for the event and catering will be provided on 2 July.

The orthodox methods of addressing external risks, climate change adaptation plans, and sustainable economic growth in cities are no longer adequate. These methods, so far, have not only ignored the ongoing structural changes associated with economic development but also failed to account for evolving industries' composition and the emergence of new comparative advantages and skills. Particularly, vulnerable communities and exposed areas, particularly in urban areas, that tend to experience higher susceptibility to external risks (such as climate change, natural disasters, and public health emergencies) have been largely ignored in incremental adaptation plans. Vulnerable communities and areas not only require different adaptive responses to climate risk but also possess unlocked adaptive capacity that can motivate different patterns of sustainable development to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda. It is essential, therefore, to view transformative growth and fundamental reorientation of economic resources as integral parts of the solution.

Social disorganisation and vulnerability are other undesired outcomes of the unpredictable and widespread external economic shocks. This is due to a sudden and tough competition between members of society to acquire precious resources, most of which may be depleted during unprecedented events such as natural disasters or pandemics resulting in an even more chaotic and disorganised condition.

The theme of the conference is Community Empowerment, Sustainable Cities, and Transformative Economies.

Conference Tracks:

  1. Urban Planning, Public Spaces and Sustainable Economic Growth
  2. Understanding the Principles of Resilient Economies
  3. Society and Community-Based Initiatives in the Time of Crisis
  4. Business, Management and Sustainable Path to 2030 Agenda
  5. Sustainable Marketing, Community, and the Planet.

Review Process

CITBA requires that all submitted conference papers go through a double-blind peer-review process and evaluation based on originality, research depth and quality, and relevance to the theme of the Conference (Community Empowerment, Sustainable Cities, and Transformative Economies) and/or the other research streams/tracks listed in this call.

We invite full research papers, practitioner papers, research notes, scoping/systematic literature review papers, and case studies. Papers that are accepted following the review process, and are presented in the conference will appear in the conference proceeding. Please check the Author guidelines for more details.

Presentation format

All presentations are virtual for this conference. Presentations are either live stream or pre-recorded video presentations. Please note that pre-recorded presentations are to be created by the authors. Further information on creating the video will be sent following registration. The length of the live stream or pre-recorded presentations should not be longer than 25 minutes.

Paper format

Accepted full research papers, practitioner papers, scoping/systematic literature review papers, and case studies should not be longer than 12 pages in length. Accepted research notes should not be longer than 9 pages. Page limits do not include references, tables/figures, or cover page.

General in-text styles: Times New Roman 12 point, regular, Line spacing 1.5, One line space for new paragraph (do not indent the first line of a paragraph), Footnotes: Times New Roman 10 point, regular

  • When: 2-3 July 2021, Virtual Platform
  • Abstract submission opens: 20 October 2020
  • Abstract submission deadline: Extended to 19 January 2021
  • Notification on abstracts: 03 February 2021
  • Full paper submission: Extended to 24 March 2021
  • Review Process: 24 March - 24 April 2021
  • Notification of Acceptance: 25 April 2021
  • Early Bird registration deadline: Extended to (midnight) 07 May 2021
  • Final papers due: 31 May 2021

Conference Proceeding and Publication Opportunities

All Abstracts will be included in the Book of Abstracts. Abstracts must be a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 300 words, in Times New Roman 12 point (title in 14pt).

The conference proceeding will be published with Springer Nature. Authors of accepted and presented papers can choose to have their papers included in the Proceeding as a book chapter. papers that are received after 31  March may be considered for publication in the Journal of Resilient Economies (JRE).

This registration agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the Australian law. You are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions when you proceed with the registration process. CITBA maintains the right to remove, add or modify the Terms and Conditions as set out with or without notice.

Clarification of these terms or any concerns may be addressed to CITBA at or by mail:

James Cook University
College of Business, Law and Governance
Building A1 
1/14-88 McGregor Rd
Smithfield QLD 4878

To confirm your participation in the International Conference on Business, Economics, Management, and Sustainability (BEMAS), please register by the registration deadline. Register early to take advantage of Early Bird Registration rate.

Academic/Practitioner Presenter Early Bird Registration

  • CITBA/JCU staff and students: AUD 120
  • Other Participants: AUS 200
  • Deadline: 05 May 2021

Audience Registration

  • CITBA/JCU staff and students: AUD 80
  • Other Participants: AUS 120
  • Deadline: 10 June 2021

Academic/Practitioner Presenter Normal Registration

  • CITBA/JCU staff and students: AUD 200
  • Other Participants: AUS 250
  • Deadline: 10 June 2021

Student Presenter Registration

  • CITBA/JCU staff and students: AUD 100
  • Other Participants: AUS 150
  • Deadline: 10 June 2021

Presentation Guidelines

Download the guideline here

You are required to prepare PowerPoint slides (or PDF) to support your presentation. To facilitate a smooth transition between speakers, you will need to load your presentation onto the computer before your stream. Please make sure you email a copy of your slides to the session chair at least 48 hours prior to the conference. If you attend the conference in person, please make sure you also bring your presentation on a data stick or other portable memory devices. You will not generally be able to plug your own laptop into the conference projection system.

If you require special technology for your presentation, please email our conference coordinator Ms Dwi Sugiharti (, as soon as you can, and we will do our best to assist you.

All sessions will be recorded

Guidelines for Academic and PhD Presentations

The time allocated for a presentation is 20 minutes, with a further 5 minutes allowed for Q&A and discussion. Most presentations are organised according to a predictable pattern. They have three main stages: introduction, body and conclusion. The followings provide some general structure to assist you in preparing your presentation:

  • A title slide – Title of your paper, authors names and affiliations
  • A background slide where you set the scene of your research for the audience and provide the importance of your research
  • One slide with the hypothesis/research question you want to investigate (if your paper is a review paper, you need to express that clearly)
  • 2 or 3 slides covering your research design and methods
  • You should not require any more than an absolute maximum of 15 slides (including the title slide and thank you slide)– this would mean talking to each slide for about 90 seconds on average
  • It is generally distracting to the audience to have too many slides in a short presentation
  • Do not make your slides too wordy– you want the audience to listen to you and not to be reading your slides!
  • Fonts: Widely used fonts such as Arial, Calibri or Helvetica is recommended for clarity and compatibility. Confirm a font size of at least 24 points for body text and 36 to 40 points for headings. Light-coloured text on a dark background is advised, or dark-coloured text on a light background is fine. Avoid using red or green ink font. The maximum number of lines in text slides is no more than 6 or 7.

Remote Presentation: Opening and closing remarks

It is important to add an introduction and closing to your presentation. Below are a few suggestions you can utilise.

INTRODUCTION: you can start your presentation by introducing yourself and your affiliation:

  • Hello everyone, my name is < your name>, and I am < your position such as lecture, PhD candidate, professor, etc.>  at <your affiliation and your Country>. The topic of my presentation is < your topic>. If you have any questions or comments during the course of the presentation, please feel free to type them in the CHAT window.

CLOSING:  So that concludes my presentation for today, Thank you for listening and I would be happy to take a few questions now.

Remote presentations: Technicalities

If you are presenting remotely (virtually), here are some hints and tips to ensure you run a successful presentation:

  • Test your Zoom connection ahead of time, especially your audio and video
  • It is highly recommended that you use a USB microphone (rather than inbuilt microphones) for audio clarity
  • Ensure your microphone, headphone, or speakerphone is near you.
  • Mute your Zoom session or phone when not in use.
  • Avoid bright lights and windows behind you.
  • Good light in front of you (on your face) will provide for a better image.
  • Test any virtual backgrounds that you may be utilising to ensure there are no video irregularities.
  • Webcam: Cameras should be placed at face level, ideally 70cm away from your seated film position
  • Set up your space in a quiet area


Once the participants receive their Zoom invitations, we recommend they test their Zoom connections by going to where they can test their video and audio to make sure they can both hear and see a Zoom test meeting.

Should there be difficulties with the connection we recommend the following:

Use a network cable to connect to the Internet not wireless as wireless can be affected by other devices particularly those in a home environment.

If the connection is still unsatisfactory with the image breaking up in pixels, it is advisable to turn the video camera off, the video camera uses up most of the total bandwidth requirements.

If there are still problems with running audio-only or audio and screen sharing, connect from another location.

On the actual day, each participant will click on the click contained in the invitation to join the Zoom event.

Here is a Zoom support article about Getting Started with Zoom