Call for Papers: 2021 ACSG Conference

You are invited to submit abstracts for the 41st Annual SA Assessment Centre Study Group (ACSG) Conference to be held from 15 to 19 March 2021 at Erinvale in Somerset West, South Africa.


The year, 2020, has indeed been one that brought unexpected challenges and opportunities. We are sure that you found interesting ways to keep the wheels rolling and do differently. This presents a unique opportunity to learn from each other about how the AC practice could look like in a post-COVID-19 world. We would therefore like to learn from your latest assessment centre research and practice and would like to focus on case studies during the 2021 ACSG conference.

The 2020 ACSG Conference was probably one of the last face-to-face conferences before the lockdown period and, with a little bit of luck, we may in all probability be able to host one of the first face-to-face conferences in the post-COVID-19 world. Our booking for the 2021 ACSG Conference is still in place and we are eager to welcome you back at Erinvale during March 2021. Abstract submission is open and you can submit your abstract online or download the abstract submission form from the links on the bottom of this page. Your abstract will go through a blind peer review process of which you will receive feedback on the peer review process before the conference.

Abstract submissions could be in the following formats:
Pre-conference Workshops which are conducted the day prior to the conference on 17 March 2021. International and local speakers will conduct workshops on their area of expertise. The focus of the workshops is skills transfer. The workshops will each be four hours long to give enough time for interaction between presenters and workshop delegates.

Presentations on 18 and 19 March 2021 should aim to address relevant contemporary issues. Both scientific research and practical case studies will be accepted. To increase the value-add of your presentation, we request that presenters leave the conference delegates with either some tips, tools or a template to help them to apply the lessons learnt. Please note that open-space presentations may be repeated to give conference delegates the opportunity to attend two presentations done during the same open-space slot. Presentations are 60 minutes long; 45 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions.

Speakers’ Corner / Short Session presenters will have an opportunity to showcase some interesting research which may be “under construction.” This platform should be used by presenters who want to showcase projects, research or programmes related to assessment centres which have not reached full fruition. It creates an ideal opportunity for students and practitioners to present preliminary ideas and findings. Three short sessions will be hosted in an hour slot.

Blind Peer Review: All abstracts received will be reviewed by an International Blind Peer Review Panel consisting of prominent AC practitioners and academics such as Anne Buckett (Precision HR, South Africa), George Coetzee (Honorary Member - ACSG, South Africa), Eugene de Bruin (Honorary Member - ACSG, South Africa), Martin Kleinmann (University of Zürich, Switzerland), Petrus Nel (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Marius Stander (North-West University, South Africa), Sandra Schlebusch (Honorary Member - ACSG, South Africa), Callie Theron (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) and George Thornton (Professor Emeritus, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA). The panel will evaluate all abstracts (not knowing who submitted the abstract) and presenters will receive feedback of the review process during December 2020 / January 2021.

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