The following is a list of upcoming international higher education conferences either with a focus on civic engagement or a broad theme that could include discussions of civic engagement. This list is by no means comprehensive, and we invite you to let us know about any other upcoming events that we could include on the list. Some upcoming events are also highlighted in our monthly newsletter. Also, click here to learn about previous conferences and events.
- International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE). Omaha, NE (USA). 6-8 November 2013.
The theme of this year’s conference is Reinvigorating our Process of Discovery: Research Informing Practice in Service-Learning and Community Engagement. Proposals will be accepted until April 12, 2013.
- Institute for Sustainable Studies. Sustainable Service Learning Abroad: Bridging Professional Connections. San Ignacio, Belize. 7-10 November 2013.
This opportunity to bring together professionals and local providers who provide service learning will assist in better understanding how to structure meaningful and sustainable service learning, how to prepare students to learn from those experiences and support them while they are engaged in service learning, and how to know that what we are doing is sustainable to local communities and organizations.
- University-Community Engagement Conference 2013. Towards the Transformation of Higher Education on University Community Engagement. Malaysia. 11 – 13 November 2013.
Conferences such as this are indeed relevant to our time when the world is faced with a myriad of challenges which require the concerted efforts and the commitments of experts, organizations and businesses the world over to overcome them. In a rapidly globalizing world, their concerns are mutual and we, as fortunate members of the community, have a vested interest to initiate dialogues to address these common challenges and issues. This conference will clarify issues, to reach rapprochement on issues that elude easy resolutions and to chart the way ahead in the common quest to make a difference to the lives of citizens around the region, in general, and to the communities surrounding.
- 2013 Pascal Conference: Local Communities in the Sustainable and Healthy Learning City Neighborhood and Community, Partnership and Learning. Hong Kong. 18-20 November 2013.
This first PASCAL Conference to be held in Asia draws on the PASCAL International Exchanges Project, PIE to examine the direction, capacity and governance of cities. It is planned in partnership with the host Hong Kong Institute of Education and RMIT’s European Union Centre, with regional bodies such as ACUPEN, ASPBAE and EAFEA. Other partners include the Hong Kong UNEVOC Centre. The Conference will focus on present and future action, mainly within neighbourhood communities and in cities. Exploring how good practice can be adopted and adapted between different regions, cultures and traditions represents a crucial opportunity. This will be tested by the Conference and its aftermath.
- 5th International Symposium on Service-Learning (ISSL): Service Learning Across the Globe: From Local to Transnational. Stellenbosch University. Stellenbosch, South Africa. 20-22 November 2013.
The 5th International Symposium on Service-Learning continues to build on the momentum generated by past symposia. The 5th symposium aims to increase the scientific contribution to service-learning as a pedagogical tool that enhances local and global citizenship and scholarship of engagement; strengthen north-south and south-south relations by providing an opportunity for institutions to build their own capacity for service-learning; and enhance global participation through both theoretical and applied service learning in higher education.
- Engage 2013. The Bristol Hotel. Bristol, UK. 27 – 28 November 2013.
The National Co-ordianting Centre for Public Engagement is hosting its annual Engage conference on November 27 and 28, 2013. This conference will explore the many ways universities and their partners choose to engage together, and the agendas these partnerships serve. It will provide an opportunity for open dialogue between the HE community, policy makers and funders, and the organisations working with them.
- Seventh Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF7). Abuja. Nigeria. 2 – 6 December 2013.
The Commonwealth of Learning will host this event in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Open University of Nigeria. The Forum will address “Open Learning for Development: Towards Empowerment and Transformation” through five themes: “Girls’ and Women’s Education”, “Skills Development”, “Promoting Open Educational Resources (OER)”, ”Innovation and Technology” and “Institutional Development”.
- Ashoka U Exchange. The New Scholar. Brown University. Providence, Rhode Island. USA. 20 – 22 February 2014.
The 2014 Exchange seeks to build a model of The New Scholar as a collective identity emerging from both the curriculum and co-curriculum: students from different formal and informal educational settings; faculty, staff, and administrators from various higher education institutions; as well as practitioners whose work takes place in the community.
- Digital Media and Learning Conference 2014. Boston, Massachusetts. USA. 6 -8 March 2014.
The annual conference is meant to be an inclusive, international and annual gathering of scholars and practitioners in the field, focused on fostering interdisciplinary and participatory dialogue and linking theory, empirical study, policy, activism, and practice.
- Clinton Global Initiative University 2014. Arizona State University. Phoenix, Arizona. USA. 21 – 23 March 2014.
Applications are now being accepted for the 7th Annual CGI U. The CGI U 2014 application is now available at the links below. The early decision and travel assistance deadline is November 22, 2013. The final application deadline is January 17, 2014.
- EUA Annual Conference 2014. Changing Landscapes in Learning and Teaching. Université Libre de Bruxelles. Brussels. Belgium. 3 – 4 April 2014.
Which trends are transforming learning and teaching, and how should European universities respond? EUA’s 2014 Annual Conference will explore innovative teaching approaches that are being developed, discussed or introduced, and consider their implications for the organisation of learning and teaching processes in the years to come. The conference will thus provide a forum for discussing how universities in different parts of Europe and the world respond to current pressures for change and try to anticipate tomorrow’s educational needs.
- Global Health and Innovation Conference 2014. Yale University. New Haven, Connecticut. USA. 12 – 13 April 2014.
The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.
- 2014 University-Industry Interaction Conference: Challenges and Solutions for Fostering Entrepreneurial Universities and Collaborative Innovation. Barcelona. Spain. 23 – 25 April 2014.
With more than 300 participants, the conference will be the leading international discussion forum for academics, researchers, practitioners and business representatives on university-industry interaction, where theory and practice are equally emphasised in the programme, which consists out of keynote presentations, track sessions, workshops and sight visits. During this three day conference, high emphasis is placed on networking opportunities and creative space, as well as skill development workshops (executive education), delivered by EADA Business School, one of Europe’s leading Business Schools.
- CCPH 13th International Conference. Chicago, Illinois, USA. 30 April – 3 May 2014.
At a time when community-campus partnerships are gaining attention and increasingly recognized as vital to addressing and solving our most pressing health, social, environmental and economic challenges, CCPH’s 13th international conference promises to be our best yet as hundreds of community members, faculty, staff, students, funders and policy makers from around the world convene for 4 days of skill-building, networking and agenda-setting.
- Academy for Civic Professionalism. Auburn University. Auburn, AL. USA. 11 – 14 May 2014.
The Community and Civic Engagement Initiative within Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts announces the annual Academy for Civic Professionalism for faculty throughout the southeast in the arts and humanities. The Academy will include a rigorous and invigorating schedule of speakers, workshops, working sessions led by Engaged Scholars from Auburn University, and CCE project site visits. Applications are due February 28, 2014.
- Engagement Australia’s 11th International Conference of Engaged Scholars and Practitioners. Charles Stuart University. Wagga Wagga, Australia. July 2014.
Engagement that builds collaboration is increasingly recognised as being a critical precursor to innovation and the development of productive, resilient and vibrant communities. Collaboration builds capacity, creates mutual benefit and develops shared understandings grounded in a respect for diversity and a unity around shared preferred futures.