The European Conference on Education 2018

The European Conference on Education 2018

"Surviving and Thriving: Education in Times of Change"

In 2017, IAFOR education conferences in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America have brought together delegates from around the world to consider the theme of “Educating for Change” from a variety of different perspectives and approaches, taking full advantage of the international make-up of the attendees and the huge diversity of experiences. A recurring theme throughout the conferences was the reference to the future, be it immediate or longer term, as being uncertain; the natural resilience and optimism was counterbalanced by both apprehension; with hope also came fear.

In this period of great global political and economic instability, rising inequality and social unrest, the role of education within society has never been more important, but never more vulnerable. This brings us to our conference theme for 2018, which references these inherent vulnerabilities in both educational systems and the individual students and teachers, as well as the necessary resilience needed to not only survive, but also thrive.

How do we teachers, administrators and policymakers adopt and adapt to change outside our control? How do we nurture and encourage positive change, through the excitement of the imagination, innovation and creativity? How can technologies be better used to help us teach, and to help students learn? How do we sustain and manage change? How can we react positively to negative change? How can we, our institutions and our students survive and thrive in these times of change?

This conference, part of IAFOR’s global conference series on education in its broadest sense, brings together teachers, researchers and distinguished professors from around the world to share their insights. The goal is to broaden awareness of different contexts in the pursuit of synergies and solutions. We look forward to your active participation in this vital field of future-oriented academic activity of The International Academic Forum.

The European Conference on Education 2018 (ECE2018) will be held alongside The European Conference on Language Learning 2018 (ECLL2018). Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in the other.

In conjunction with our Global Partners, including the University of Sussex and Birkbeck, University of London, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2018.

The ECE2018 Organising Committee

Professor Kwame Akyeampong, University of Sussex, UK
Professor Anne Boddington, University of Brighton, UK
Professor Brian Hudson, University of Sussex, UK
Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Professor Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech., USA
Professor Steve Cornwell, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) & Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Key Information
  • Venue & Location: The Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront, Brighton, UK
  • Dates: Friday, June 29, 2018 ​to Sunday, July 01, 2018
  • Conference Theme: "Surviving and Thriving: Education in Times of Change"
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: February 15, 2018*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: April 16, 2018
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: May 16, 2018

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

The Final Abstract Submission Deadline has now passed.


Speakers

The European Conference on Education 2018 (ECE2018) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The European Conference on Language Learning 2018 (ECLL2018). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either conference will allow participants to attend sessions in both.

  • Professor Louise Archer
    Professor Louise Archer
    University College London (UCL), UK
  • Dr Björn Åstrand
    Dr Björn Åstrand
    Umeå University, Sweden
  • Professor Anne Burns
    Professor Anne Burns
    University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Professor Mario Novelli
    Professor Mario Novelli
    University of Sussex, UK
  • Dr Annamaria Pinter
    Dr Annamaria Pinter
    University of Warwick, UK

About Brighton

The International Academic Forum’s European Conference Series is based in the vibrant city of Brighton in the UK. From iconic tourist spots to beachfront cool, Brighton is crammed full of things to see and do. Boasting a cultural heritage that includes the Royal Pavilion, Regency architecture and Victorian aquariums plus the seaside attractions of Brighton Pier, the Brighton Wheel and the famous pebble beach, Brighton offers something to delight each and every visitor.


Why Join an IAFOR Conference?

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) welcomes academics from all over the world to our interdisciplinary conferences held in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Our events provide a unique international, intercultural and interdisciplinary environment in which to hear the latest world-class research and network with leading academics, professionals and practitioners.

Our conferences are meticulously planned under the direction of prominent academics to ensure that they offer programmes of the highest level, and are supported by some of the world’s leading academic institutions, including the University of London (UK), Virginia Tech (USA), Barcelona University (Spain), Waseda University (Japan), University of Sussex (UK), Medill School of Journalism (USA), Moscow State University (Russia) and The University of Tokyo, (Japan).

By facilitating dialogue between the world’s academics and thought leaders, IAFOR has become a pioneer in providing the research avenues and visionary development solutions that are necessary in our rapidly emerging globalised world. We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.

Professor Louise Archer
University College London (UCL), UK

Biography

Professor Louise Archer holds the Karl Mannheim Chair of Sociology of Education at UCL’s Institute of Education, having previously been Professor of Sociology of Education at King's College London, where she was also the Director of the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Her research focuses on educational identities and inequalities, particularly in relation to gender, ethnicity and social class.

A full bio will be updated shortly.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Presentation information will be added shortly
Dr Björn Åstrand
Umeå University, Sweden

Biography

Dr Björn Åstrand is senior lecturer at Umeå University and former Dean of Teacher Education and Educational Sciences at Karlstad University (2014-17) in Sweden. Prior to that he was Dean of Faculty for Teacher Education (2005-08) and Dean of the School of Education (2008-11) at Umeå University. He is a certified secondary teacher but transferred and joined his current institution in early 1990s. He has been Vice Chair of the Swedish Association for Deans in Teacher Education and has chaired the network on Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE). He has been active in advancement of teacher education in specific areas such as promoting the scientific foundations for teacher education, internationalisation, quality assurance and use of ICT. In 2007 he was appointed to a governmental expert committee proposing a revised model for Swedish teacher education. Then in 2015 the government assigned him to an expert group for the improvement of the Swedish school system and since 2016 he has served as chair of a special inquiry on behalf of the Swedish government, investigating how schooling can be enhanced by improving conditions for teaching and school leadership. Dr Åstrand has undergraduate degree from Uppsala University and a teacher degree and PhD in history from Umeå University. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and his current research is focused on educational history, comparative education, democracy and values and teacher education.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Teaching in times of change - to nurture the essentials for a thriving education
Professor Anne Burns
University of New South Wales, Australia

Biography

Anne Burns is a Professor of TESOL at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia where she supervises doctoral students. She is also Professor Emerita at Aston University, Birmingham and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney, and the Education University of Hong Kong. She has been a Visiting Professor at Unitec, New Zealand, the University of Stockholm, Sweden, Thammasat University, Thailand, the Institute of Education, Hong Kong, and Soka University, Japan.

She is the Academic Adviser (with Diane Larsen-Freeman) for the Applied Linguistics Series published by Oxford University Press, a Senior Consultant to National Geographic Learning, and Series Editor (with Jill Hadfield ) of the Routledge Research and Resources Series. In 2016, she was recognised as one of TESOL International’s ’50 at 50’ who have made a significant contribution to the field of English language teaching.

Anne’s research interests include action research, teaching speaking from a discourse/genre perspective, curriculum development, and language teacher education. Her book, Doing Action Research in the Language Classroom: A Guide for Practitioners (2010, Routledge), has been extensively used by English language teachers and teacher educators internationally. More recent publications include Teaching Speaking: A Holistic Approach (authored with Christine M. M. Goh, 2012, CUP), Second Language Assessment and Action Research (edited with Hanan Khalifa, 2018, CUP and Cambridge English), International Perspectives on Teaching the Four Skills in ELT (edited with Joseph Siegel, 2018, Palgrave Macmillan), and The Cambridge Guide to Learning English as a Second Language (edited with Jack C. Richards, 2018).

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Presentation information will be added shortly
Professor Mario Novelli
University of Sussex, UK

Biography

Mario Novelli is Professor of the Political Economy of Education and Director of the Centre for International Education (CIE) at the University of Sussex. His research explores the relationship between education, globalisation and international development, with a specific focus on education delivery in conflict-affected contexts. Between 2010-2017 his research focused on issues related to the role of education in peacebuilding processes and he has worked closely with UNICEF on a series of projects. Between 2014-2017 he was Co-director of a major Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding, funded by UNICEF and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The consortium was led by the Universities of Amsterdam, Sussex and Ulster and carried out a multi-country study on the role of education in peacebuilding in South Africa, Pakistan, Uganda, Myanmar. He currently leads a 2-year (2018-2020) ESRC research programme exploring ‘Learning and Knowledge Production in Social Movements in Conflict Contexts: Case Studies from Turkey, Colombia, Nepal and South Africa’. He has carried out consultancies and research projects for a range of bi-lateral and international organisations including DFID, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNICEF, and UNESCO.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Education, Conflict & Peacebuilding: Transcending Negative Peace, Peace Education & the Global Education Agenda
Dr Annamaria Pinter
University of Warwick, UK

Biography

Dr Annamaria Pinter is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK. She lectures at Masters and Doctoral levels and supervises post-graduate students in the area of teaching languages to children. She has published widely in the area of teaching English to young learners. She is the author of Teaching Young Language Learners Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers, Oxford University Press (2nd edition, 2017) and Children Learning Second Languages, Palgrave Macmillan (2011). She is also an editor of an e-book series entitled Teaching English to Young Learners. She sits on the Advisory Board of the ELT Journal and she is a member of the ELT expert panel of Oxford University Press. Dr Pinter has published extensively in ELT/Applied Linguistics journals, has written numerous book chapters and has given many plenary talks worldwide in the broad area of teaching young language learners. Dr Pinter’s research interests include all aspects of second and foreign language learning in childhood, inclusive and participatory research methods with children and facilitating children to become researchers. She is also interested in language teacher development, teacher research, task-based learning and teaching, materials development and identity development in bilingual children.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Presentation information will be added shortly