Previous Conferences and Events


April 2015

  • African Development Conference at Harvard. Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. 3-4 April, 2015.
    Staying true to its convening tradition, the ADC will assemble major players and stakeholders across the private sector, civil society, government and academia, to discuss how the rise of new powers will affect the nature of South-South cooperation, its impact on development and its associated politics. Specifically, it will frame this conversation around two major themes: “Looking South” and “Moving Forward”.
  • 18th Annual Continuums of Service Conference. Queen Mary Hotel, Long Beach, California, USA. 8-10 April 2015.
    This event brings together civic engagement and service-learning administrators, faculty, students, and community partners to focus on the critical processes of inquiry and engagement in shaping how higher education and communities identify and respond to the complexities of the 21st century. Over the course of the three-day conference, participants will explore complex problems, identify essential partnerships, and develop student engagement strategies that move us toward positive change.
  • 26th Annual National Service-Learning Conference. Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, USA. 8-11 April, 2015.
    This year’s conference, themed More Powerful Together, will gather more than 1,500 youth and adults from across the country and around the world for three days of learning, inspiration, and connection. This inter-generational event creates a unique atmosphere, where youth bring incredible energy and passion to discussions on education and social policy.
  • Ireland International Conference on Education. Bewleys Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland. 20-22 April 2015.
    This conference is a biannual convening (April and October). The IICE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The aim of IICE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy.

March 2015

  • International Service Learning Summit: Global Community Partnerships. Durham, North Carolina, USA. March 4-6, 2015.
    This conference is a two-day joint-learning experience that provides interactive lectures, working groups and strategies to help participants learn and build community of practice in global service learning.
  • 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University. University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA. March 6-8, 2015.
    President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host this meeting, which will bring together more than 1,000 innovative student leaders to make Commitments to Action in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. 
  • African Higher Education Summit. King Fahad Palace Hotel, Dakar, Senegal. 10-12 March, 2015.
    The three-day continental summit, whose theme is “revitalizing higher education for Africa’s future”, seeks to build a movement of like-minded institutions to transform the African higher education sector.
  • 2015 Diversity, Learning, and Student Success Conference. San Diego, California, USA. 26-28 March, 2015.
    Organized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, this summit will encourage participants to explore critical questions and formulate action-oriented strategies to make excellence inclusive for all students through sustainable and measurable campus practices.
  • 2015 Diversity, Learning, and Student Success Conference. San Diego, California, USA. 26-28 March, 2015.
    Organized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, this summit will encourage participants to explore critical questions and formulate action-oriented strategies to make excellence inclusive for all students through sustainable and measurable campus practices.

February 2015

  • 2nd International Annual Conference on Democratic Citizenship. Marrakesh, Morocco. 4-8 February, 2015.
    The Moroccan Center for Civic Education, in collaboration with its international and local partners, invites participants and contributors around the world to participate in this gathering. To support the spread of knowledge and best practices in Global Citizenship, the conference hopes to further the discussion on how to empower youth to engage and assume active roles by focusing on the challenges and opportunities for their projects.
  • Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference. Elon, NC, USA. February 18, 2015.
    This one-day conference seeks to inform and advance the research and practice of community engagement by sharing research findings, innovative program design and partnership models, proven community/institutional impacts, effective curriculum models, institutional capacity building, and successful community engagement practices.
  • IMPACT Conference. Los Angeles, CA, USA. February 19-22, 2015.
    The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy and other forms of social action. IMPACT is a place for students, administrators, faculty, AmeriCorps members and VISTAs, and nonprofit professionals to gather together to learn and share from each other.
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities 11th International Conference. Guadalajara, Mexico. February 25-27
    HACU’s 11th International Conference will offer an exceptional opportunity to discuss the latest trends, model programs, and cutting-edge research on international higher education.  The conference will attract an internationally renowned roster of keynote speakers and an extraordinary gathering of participants representing higher education, government, business, community and philanthropic sectors.
  • Ashoka U Exchange. University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA. February 26-28.
    The Ashoka U Exchange is the world’s largest convening for social entrepreneurship in higher education. The Exchange brings together 650 university faculty, staff, and administrators representing 150 institutions to share new ways of teaching and learning that will shape the way educational institutions influence the world. Over the course of three days, participants will have the opportunity to share their own innovations and learnings with a broad audience of experts to gain valuable feedback and insights.

December 2014

  • 2014 Talloires Network Leaders Conference. Cape Town. South Africa. 2 -4 December 2014
    TNLC 2014 will convene leaders of universities from around the world to chart the next stage of the global movement of higher education civic engagement and social responsibility.  The conference provides a platform for these leaders to share their experience and plans, identify ways to support each other’s work, and develop priorities for collective action.
  • 2014 International Service Learning Workshop. Punta Gorda, Belize. December 13-18, 2014
    The second annual international service-learning workshop hosted by the Institute for Sustainable International Studies will support the efforts of the Maya village of Laguna to strengthen their eco-cultural community tourism initiative. The initiative aims to make responsible use of the cultural and natural assets of the community to create income generating opportunities and share with visitors the daily life and rich culture of the Maya people.

November 2014

  • Inaugural Community Knowledge Exchange Summit. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. November 19-21, 2014
    Community Knowledge Exchange (CKX) is taking the traditional conference model and turning it on its head. Inspired by the spirit of South By Southwest (SXSW), CKX will be community-based and participant-driven. For three days we’ll be converging on Toronto’s Entertainment District, anchoring CKX at TIFF Bell Lightbox and theCBC Broadcast Centre, immersing participants in a collective community knowledge experience.”  Learn more

October 2014

  • 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Washington, DC. USA. 6 – 8 October 2014.
    Making Cents International is pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference will take place October 6-8, 2014  in Washington, DC at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. To receive the latest updates on the conference,click here to join the conference mailing list.
  • 15th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium. Engaging for Change: Changing for Engagement. Edmonton, Alberta. Canada. 7 – 8 October 2014.
    The 2014 meeting will be held at the Shaw Conference Centre in downtown Edmonton, Alberta. Our conference theme is Engaging for Change: Changing for Engagement and will challenge scholars, students, and community partners to discuss international advancements in the scholarship of engagement.
  • 2014 Network for Academic Renewal conference: Global Learning in College. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. October 16-18, 2014.
    At the 2014 Global Learning in College meeting, participants will articulate a vision of the global learner and will explore efforts to design educational experiences—across the curriculum and in the community—to help students develop the cross-cutting capacities they need.   Domains to be addressed include global knowledge, global challenges, global systems and organizations, global civic engagement,  and global identities. 

September 2014

  • 2014 Annual Conference of the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement. Reaping What We Sow: Growing a Culture of Community Engagement. Tulane University. New Orleans, Louisiana. USA. 29 September – 1 October 2014.
    RFP will be available February 11 and due March 21, 2014.
  • 2014 Good Practice Event on Entrepreneurial Universities. Madrid, Spain. September 29 – October 1 2014.
    The 2014 Entrepeneurial Universities Event will bring together around 150 key stakeholders driving this change – in their university, research institution, or in government or intermediaries. During this three day event, you will learn in detail about 25 good practice cases, each being extensively presented & discussed in 45 minutes. Furthermore, more than 40 concepts and ideas for further developing the entrepreneurial university will be showcased. In addition, attendees can participate in practical workshops and visit the UPM Science Park.

July 2014

  • 2014 Engagement Australia International Conference: Engage and Innovate for Sustainability. 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.  Enhanced university-community connectivity is at the core of the innovation agenda. Through an engagement perspective we can begin to define this agenda. Who should participate? Academic, professional, and executive staff and students from Australian and international universities. Executive, management, and administrative staff working in business and industry. Community-based and not-for-profit organisations. Government departments. Join us for 3 days of discussion, debate and knowledge sharing in a variety of forums that include key note addresses, workshops, world cafe sessions, poster displays, storytelling and Q & A panels. 

June 2014

  • Leadership for a Better World Global Summit. Pyle Center, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. June 17-18, 2014.
    We invite you to be part of this initial, first of its kind Global Summit, a small group of innovators and catalysts that inspires, learns, and connects with each other to push the boundaries of leadership in a new direction. Learn new skills needed to address the increasingly complex social, ecological, and economic challenges that face our organizations and communities.
  • Global Forum on Higher Education and Democratic Innovation. Queen’s University. Belfast. Northern Ireland. 24 – 26 June 2014.
    The Council of Europe, the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy, the European Wergeland Centre, and Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, will carry out the Global Forum on “Higher Education and Democratic Innovation”. This Conference is part of the cooperation between different partners committed to promoting democracy, human rights and the rule of law as well as social cohesion and intercultural dialogue, and their belief in the key role of education in furthering these goals.

May 2014

  • 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.
  • 6th Annual Connecting Campuses with Communities: Service Learning Institute and Research Academy. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Indianapolis, Indiana. USA. 12 – 16 May 2014.
    Connecting Campuses with Communities is a capacity building program for faculty and staff that is co-sponsored by Indiana Campus Compact and the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning. In the past, over 250 engaged scholars from more than 100 institutions and five countries have attended this annual event to enhance their service-learning teaching and community-based research.
  • CUVIC 2014. Beyond Engagement: Creating Integration, Innovation and Impact. University of Victoria. Victoria, British Columbia. Canada. 20 – 22 May 2014.
    As universities seek to enhance their potential to contribute to the public good, there is growing effort globally to promote community-university engagement. At the same time communities, organizations and governments seek to leverage the knowledge and resource capacity of universities to address community needs.  CUVIC 2014 is an opportunity to reflect on these efforts and enable community-university innovation and action within the institutional, Indigenous, national and global context.
  • 2014 Community Service Learning and Community Engagement Conference. Healthy Resilient Communities. Ottawa, Ontario. Canada. 28 – 30 May 2014.
    Volunteer Canada, Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning, Algonquin College, and Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement are pleased to host the 2014 CSL and CE Conference. The conference theme will be to explore the contributions of community campus partnerships in supporting the development and maintenance of healthy resilient communities.  The conference will be held in Ottawa, May 28 to 30 2014.

April 2014

  • 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.
  • 17th Annual Contiuums of Service Conference. Civic Engagement: Bridging Gaps in Education in Communities and Across the Globe. Honolulu, Hawaii. USA. 2 – 4 April 2014.
    The 17th Annual Continuums of Service Conference will bring together civic engagement and service-learning administrators, faculty, students and community partners in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. The theme for the 2014 conference will focus on how civic engagement and service-learning bridge gaps in education, in communities, and across the globe. Together we will examine current issues and disparities in educational access and success; health; wealth; and environmental sustainability.
  • 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.
  • International African Forum II.  Pretoria. South Africa. 8 – 9 April 2014.
    The Australia Africa University Network and the ACU will host the second International Africa Forum, themed ‘The Power of Partnerships’, on 8-9 April 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. The Forum, following on from the first International Africa Forum, will bring Australian and African researchers, policy-makers, officials and other interested parties back together again to discuss areas of mutual interest.
  • 4th Annual Africa Innovate Conference. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, Massachusetts. USA. 11-12 April 2014.
    Africa Innovate is an intimate showcase of the latest ideas and innovations in entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare, energy and education. In addition to our panels, our esteemed Keynotes reflect on how they have made their contribution to the continent’s development. The Investment Forum provides insight into the investment engine propelling Africa’s growth. Our Vision Talks allow select guests to share ideas they want you to be a part of developing. Finally, our 2014 Business Plan Competition give young upstarts the opportunity to present their ideas to movers and shakers and walk away with funds to take their vision for Africa to the next level.
  • 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.
  • International Research and Practical Applications Conference. International Academy of Business. Almaty, Kazakhstan.  21 -22 April.
    The International Academy of Business (IAB), the Russian Association of Business Education (RABE) and the Central Asian Foundation for Management Development (CAMAN) invite you to the international research and practical applications conference on 21st – 22nd of April 2014. The conference will facilitate the exchange  of innovative ideas, knowledge and experience in business education. The goal of the conference is to consolidate business community within the internationalization strategy by integrating education into the international arena.
  •  Tenth Annual Robert G. Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase and Symposium. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Indianapolis, Indiana. USA. 23 April 2014.
    The Robert G. Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase and Symposium recognizes the impact of each of these things on the IUPUI campus and in the community. This year’s theme is: Healthy and Engaged Communities: Campus and Community Partnerships as a Strategy to Support the Well-Being of Indianapolis and Beyond.
  • 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.

March 2014

  • Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Summit. Indianapolis, Indiana. USA. 27 – 28 March 2014.
    Registration will open mid-January 2014. The Service Engagement Summit will provide educational tracks and networking opportunities for university and college administrators, faculty, professional staff, students, and community partners through plenary and breakout sessions.
  • 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.

February 2014

  • 2014 PACE Conference. University of North Carolina Wilmington. Wilmington, NC. USA. 5 February 2014.
    Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to attend this daylong conference that seeks to inform and advance the research and practice of community engagement by sharing research findings, innovative program design and partnership models, proven community/institutional impacts, effective curriculum or co-curricular models, institutional capacity building and institutionalization, and successful community engagement practices.
  • Talloires Network Faculty and Staff Professional Development Program Workshop. How to Integrate Civic Engagement onto University Campuses in the Arab Region. Amman. Jordan. 9 – 10 February 2014.
    The Faculty and Staff Professional Development Program will hold its second workshop in Amman, Jordan on February 9 and 10, 2014. The workshop will be facilitated by Andy Furco and will focus on the topic: How to Integrate Civic Engagement onto University Campuses in the Arab Region: A Consultation for University Presidents and Senior Administrators. Please contact Dina Sherif, Senior Advisor for Civic Engagement at Silatech, for more information.
  • 9th International Congress of Higher Education. University 2014. Havana. Cuba. 10 – 14 February 2014.
    Convened with the declaration “For a Socially Responsible University”, University 2014 renews the commitment of people attending these events with university and with its time, propitiating current reflections and debates on the field of Higher Education. Congress University is well known as an academic field that point to reflective, deep and open dialogues among main parts of Higher Education and the society they belong to, in order to evaluate best solutions to pressing problems in the realities of our countries. Plus, it promotes new ideas about different issues related to international agenda of Higher Education and contributes to new networks knowledge and emotions among principals, teachers and students.
  • 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.
  • IMPACT National Conference. Valparaiso University. Valparaiso, Indiana. USA. 27 February – 2 March 2014.
    The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy and other forms of social action. Building on the rich 28-year tradition of the COOL Conference and the Idealist Campus Conference, IMPACT is the one time during the year when students, administrators, faculty, AmeriCorps members and VISTAs, and nonprofit professionals gather together to learn and share effective practices, improve personal skills and organizational strategies, discover opportunities and resources, exchange stories, be inspired and challenged to sustain our efforts.

December 2013

  • 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”.

November 2013

  • 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.

October 2013

  • Network for Academic Renewal Conference.  Global Learning in College: Asking Big Questions, Engaging Urgent Challenges.  Providence, Rhode Island (USA).  3-5 October 2013.
    This conference will examine campus practices that match the ambitious goals of global learning with concrete learning opportunities that help students gain the knowledge, skills, and commitments needed for global competence.
  • 14th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium.  Texas Tech University.  Lubbock, Texas.  8-9 October 2013.
    ESC’s goal is to work collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship, and designed to foster community capacity. There will be 5 tracks at the conference: Community Development and Regional Prosperity, Pre-K to 20 Education, Human Relations, Well-Being and Health, Sustainable Environments and Natural Resources and Global Engagement.
  • 1st International Conference on University Social Responsibility. National Experimental University of Tachira. San Cristobal, Táchira, Venezuela. 9-11 October 2013.
    This event, of highest importance for the academic and research activities of Venezuelan education, aims to offer the participants a worldview of interdisciplinary research in Social Sciences and Social Responsibility in contemporary times.
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities Centenary Conference: Future Forward: Taking Charge of Change.  London, UK.  16-18 October 2013.
    This three-day conference will address questions around the Centenary theme Future forward: design, develop, deliver. Higher education is at a crossroads. New universities are being created in response to political agendas, the burgeoning global middle class, and the availability of public and private funding. Added to this, a variety of internal and external stakeholders are demanding that universities become more than just ‘ivory towers’ and that they need to demonstrate their engagement with the wider society.

  • International Service Learning Summit: Building a Community of Practice.  Northwestern University.  Evanston, IL (USA).  23-25 October 2013.
    Hosted by the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies and the Center for Global Engagement, both at Northwestern University and co-sponsored by DukeEngage, the Center for Social Development and Gephardt Institute for Public Service at Washington University in St. Louis and in collaboration with the Building Bridges Coalition, this conference will explore the most cutting-edge trends, as well as the biggest opportunities and challenges in higher education related to global/service learning.
  • Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities 19th Annual Conference: Transforming and Sustaining Communities Through Partnerships.  University of Louisville.  Louisville, KY (USA).  26-29 October 2013.
    As the Coalition sets out to redefine itself, this year’s conference promises dynamic poster and concurrent sessions, thought-provoking panels, fantastic keynote speakers, and unlimited networking opportunities.  On Tuesday, the Coalition will host an Action Summit open to CUMU members and their community partners focused on addressing the challenges, policy agenda, and strategies for impactful and successful K-12 and higher education partnerships. It is our intention to align the agendas and content of the Action Summit and Conference, which is focused on the broader impact and importance of partnerships, resulting in a content-rich, exciting 3 days!

September 2013

  • 3rd Asia-Europe Education Workshop. Beyond the Academic Yardstick: the Societal Excellence of Education. Siam University. Chiang Mai, Thailand. 25-26 September 2013.
    The Workshop is a follow-up to the 3rd ASEM Rectors’ Conference where university leaders called for co-operation among stakeholders at community, local, regional or (inter-) national level to strengthen universities’ role in providing education not only for the workplace but for social cohesion, intercultural dialogue as well as active and global citizenship.

July 2013

  • Graduate Employment Network Conference 2013.  University of Auckland Business School.  Auckland, New Zealand.  11-13 July 2013.
    The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) will host the second conference of its Graduate Employment Network in July 2013. The conference will draw from the ACU’s Centenary theme – Future forward: design, develop and deliver,  which addresses key issues relating to the future of international higher education: designing academics and universities for the future, developing tools to meet new challenges, and delivering, recognising and measuring growth, impact and success.  The theme for the Graduate Employment Network conference – Exploring the value of higher education to the economy – will examine the extent to which university graduates are able to meet their own aspirations as well as society’s expectations of them.
  • Joint AESOP/ACSP Congress.  Planning for Resilient Cities and Regions.  Dublin, Ireland.  15-19 July 2013.
    Hosted by University College Dublin, the AESOP/ACSP joint congress provides an opportunity for attendees to hear and debate the latest in planning and policy research and practice and to visit sites of planning action and inaction – including new town development, urban cultural and waterfront regeneration, edge city development, post recession urbanscapes, social housing renewal, heritage preservation, transport planning and city bike scheme and capital projects.
  • Center for Engaged Democracy’s 4th Annual Conference on the Future of Community Engagement in Higher Education.  Tufts University.  Medford, MA (USA).  17-18 July 2013.
    This year’s conference will have three key foci: (1) developing and supporting academic programs focused on civic and community engagement; (2) programmatic use and academic responses to the Center’s policy report Core Competencies in Civic Engagement, and; (3) examining how online learning is impacting civic engagement initiatives in higher education.  Dr. Paul LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University will deliver the opening keynote address.  More details coming soon.

June 2013

  • Takaful 2013.  The Third Annual Conference on Arab Philanthropy and Civic Engagement.  Tunis, Tunisia.  June 2013.
    Takaful 2013 is organized by the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo, Columbia University Middle East Studies Center (CUMERC) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The Conference will be held in Tunis first week of June 2013.  The conference is structured to encourage interaction between scholarly analysis and the experience of practitioners, with the hope of contributing to sound policy and practice during this important time. Alongside presentations of original theoretical and empirical research, the Takaful conference also provides opportunities to reflect on cases of success (and failure) among practitioners in the civil society and philanthropy fields. In addition to thematic panels built around vetted research papers, there will be roundtable sessions to focus on challenges as expressed by professionals working in both Arab and international contexts.

  • Working Together in Knowledge Mobilization: Closing the Loop Between Research and Practice.  Mississauga, ON (Canada).  3-4 June 2013.
  • 4th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service Learning.  “Service-Learning as a Bridge from Local to Global: Connected World, Connected Future.” Lingnan University, Hong Kong. 4-7 June 2013
    Lingnan University announces the 4th annual Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning.  Keynote speakers will be: Prof. Andrew Furco (University of Minnesota), Dr. Mabel Erasmus (University of the Free State); and Mr. Chung Po Yang (The Hong Kong Institute of Service Leadership & Management and The Good Life Initiative Limited).
  • The Wye Deans’ Seminar.  Citizenship in the American and Global Polity: An Interdisciplinary Seminar for CAOs, Academic VPs, Provosts and Deans.  Aspen Institute – Wye River Campus.  Queenstown, Maryland (USA).  9 – 13 June 2013.
    The Wye Deans’ Seminar consists of a week-long series of facilitated discussions drawing on primary texts from antiquity to the present, both western and global.The formal seminar sessions, limited to 20 participants, are intense explorations of the texts, the tensions within and among the texts, and the implications of the texts for our own day.Applications are due by 15 March 2013.

  • Community University Exposition 2013.  Corner Brook, Newfoundland (Canada). 12 – 15 June 2013.
    CU Expo 2013: Engaging Shared Worlds
    , is being held in Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Labrador, hosted by Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the City of Corner Brook, with support from the provincial Rural Secretariat. The conference is expected to draw 500 people from Canada and around the world who are passionate about the power of community-university partnerships as a vehicle for social change including students, community leaders, researchers, educators, funders, policy makers and others invested in community-building.  Over the 3 days of the conference, participants can choose from a variety of interactive sessions: from workshops to arts activities, deliberative dialogue to presentations, participatory communications, mobile tours, service learning and more. In addition to the main program sessions a variety of community events will be taking place: community dinners, theatre, art shows, and kitchen parties, all of which will give participants an opportunity to meet members of the community and provide a flavour of this unique Canadian province.

May 2013

  • 2013 University-Industry Interaction Conference.  Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  27-29 May 2013. 
    The conference will cover topics such as knowledge transfer, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, the entrepreneurial university, innovation and university-business cooperation.

  • 13th AAU General Conference.  “Transforming African Higher Education for Graduate Employability and Socio-Economic Development.”  Université Omar Bongo.  Libreville, Gabon.  28-31 May 2013.
    The 13th Association of African Universities General Conference will address the following sub-themes: The Connect Between Higher Education and Productive Sector; Graduate Employability; The Role of Organised Private Sector; Socio-Political Environment and Employability; and Funding Issues.

  • 12th Annual Conference: Innovative Pedagogy & Course Redesign XII “Collaborations for Empowerment & Learning.”  Fairfield University.  Fairfield, CT (USA).  29-31 May 2013.
    The 12th Annual Conference celebrates and showcases excellence and innovations in all areas of teaching, faculty support and development, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and community-engaged teaching and scholarship.
  • 6th International GUNI Barcelona Conference on Higher Education. “Let’s build transformative knowledge to drive social change.” Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain). 13-15 May 2013.
    The Global University Network for Innovation conference is an international forum for debate on the challenges facing higher education. The 2013 conference will explore the critical dimensions in our understanding of the roles, and potential roles, of higher education institutions (HEIs) in contributing to the creation of another possible world. Within this context the Conference looks to answer the call of the challenges of our time, while maintaining an eye towards the future regarding the role of knowledge and HEIs.

  •  Academy for Civic Professionalism.  Auburn, AL (USA).  14-16 May 2013.The Community and Civic Engagement Initiative within Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts announces the first Academy for Civic Professionalism for faculty in the arts, social sciences and humanities who are interested in incorporating the tenets of civic professionalism into their courses, outreach scholarship and P & T documentation. ACP will provide an intense three-day workshop for successful participants.  ACP is limited to 25 participants so get your application for admission in early.

April 2013

  • Clinton Global Initiative University.  Washington University in St. Louis.  St. Louis, Missouri (USA).  5-7 April, 2013.
    The 6th annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) will bring together student leaders, NGO representatives, topic experts, and celebrities to brainstorm ideas, share best practices and develop their action plans for the months ideas.

  • EUA Annual Conference.  European Universities – Global Engagement.  Ghent University.  Ghent, Belgium.  11-12 April 2013.
    The European University Association will hold its first Annual Conference in Belgium, hosted by Ghent University.  The conference will focus on approaches to internationalisation for European universities.  It will also explore different interpretations and drivers of the globalisation of higher education as well as internationalisation processes in institutions.
  • Global Health & Innovation Conference.  Yale University.  New Haven, CT (USA).  13-14 April, 2013.
    In April 2013, Unite for Sight will host the 10th Annual Global Health and Innovation Conference (GHIC), 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.
  • Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE-2013).  Dublin, Ireland. 15-17 April 2013.
    The IICE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education.  The IICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education.  Papers will be accepted until 31 January 2013.

March 2013

  • Digital Media and Learning Conference.  “Democratic Futures: Mobilizing Voices, and Remixing Youth Participation.” Chicago, IL (USA).  14-16 March 2013.
    The Digital Media and Learning Conference is an annual event supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub located at the UC Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine. The conference is meant to be an inclusive, international and annual gathering of scholars and practitioners in the field, focused on fostering interdisciplinary and participatory dialog and linking theory, empirical study, policy, and practice.

February 2013

  • IMPACT National Conference.  University of New Mexico.  Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA).  21-24 February, 2013.
    The IMPACT National Conference brings together students, administrators, faculty, AmeriCorps members and VISTAs, and nonprofit professionals gather together to learn and share effective practices, improve personal skills and organizational strategies, discover opportunities and resources, exchange stories, be inspired and challenged to sustain our efforts.

  • Ashoka U 2013 Exchange. University of San Diego.  San Diego, California (USA).  21-23 February, 2013.
    The Ashoka U Exchange is the largest global convening for social entrepreneurship education, bringing together 650 individuals representing over 150 institutions from 40 countries.
  • AAC&U Network for Academic Renewal Conference.  General Education and Assessment: A Sea Change in Student Learning.  Boston, Massachusetts (USA).  28 February – 2 March, 2013.
    The focus on this conference will be to discuss new meanings of quality in the undergraduate curriculum, explore ways to integrate and scaffold learning of the Essential Learning Outcomes in connection with learning in the majors, and build high-impact assessments based on actual student work.

December 2012

  • Engage 2012: Responding to Change. Bristol, UK. 5-6 December 2012.

The third annual national conference of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). this interactive conference will look across the whole engagement agenda including research; teaching and learning; knowledge exchange; volunteering and social responsibility, and will explore common themes including:

  • Leadership: How can leaders of higher education best navigate the current changes to the sector?
  • External voices: How do organisations outside the sector view higher education? What potential do others see in the sector developing a more engaged approach to their work? What lessons have they learned that could help us?
  • Partnership: With the strain on public resources, how can sustainable partnerships be supported to deliver mutual benefit?
  • Realising Impact: Increasingly funders require organisations to evidence impact of their work. What are the key ways to ensure impactful work? How can this be evidenced?
  • Teamwork: Increasingly the role of effective team working – across disciplines, roles and within and outside the sector – has risen up the agenda. What are the key ways to build and support teams to realise the potential of working together?
  • Effective Practice: There are lots of examples of innovative or excellent practice across the UK. What can we learn together from these projects to inspire change?
  • Third International Conference on Effective Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  American University of Beirut, Lebanon.  7-8 December 2012.

The conference will be held by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the IT-Academic Core Processes and Systems (IT-ACPS) at the American University of Beirut.  The Conference Program Committee invites university faculty members from Lebanon, the region and beyond to submit proposals for presentations to be reviewed for possible inclusion in the Conference program.  The Conference will incorporate formal research-oriented sessions, pre-conference workshops and prominent speakers, including six strands: Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education, Measuring Teaching Effectiveness, Blended Learning, Innovations in Teaching Technologies and Methodologies, Program and Course Learning Outcomes and Service Learning.

November 2012

  • ACU Conference of Executive Heads. “‘University Rankings and Benchmarking: do they really matter?” (Marks ACU’s 100th Anniversary). Kingston, Jamaica.  9-11 November 2012

In collaboration with co-hosts, the University of the West Indies, the 2012 ACU Conference of Executive Heads will take a broader view of performance measures and benchmarking, examining other drivers such as economic policies, changing political and social agenda, staff recruitment and retention, and student aspirations. The event aims to provide a balanced portfolio of tools through which leaders can manage the full range of their work.

  • International Association of Universities 14th General Conference: Higher Education and the Global Agenda: Alternative Paths to the Future. San Juan, Puerto Rico.  27 – 30 November 2012

Universities are important repositories of humanity’s hope for a sustainable future.  Through teaching/learning, research and community services, their contribution to resolving local and global challenges of poverty and inequality, nutrition, health, environmental degradation and not least, education, is essential.  By focusing many projects on issues such as equitable access and success in higher education, the Education for All initiatives, sustainable development, new ways of thinking about internationalization, the social responsibilities of higher education institutions, among others, the IAU is addressing some of the Global Agenda.

October 2012

  • 13th Annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference. University of Alabama (USA). 30 September – 3 October 2012.

The National Outreach Scholarship Conference (NOSC) is composed of higher education member institutions, a mix of state-public and private institutions. NOSC works collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship, and designed to help build community capacity. The 13th Annual NOSC conference theme challenges students, faculty and communities to PARTNER. INSPIRE. CHANGE. to build a stronger, more prosperous, and just society.

  • 9th International Workshop on Higher Education Reform. “Reforming the Policy and Practice of Community Engagement of Higher Education.” University of Pittsburg (USA). 10-12 October 2012.

This is the ninth Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) international workshop that brings together researchers and policy analysts and makers. This Workshop will explore conceptual understandings of community engagement and university reforms intended to foster it.

  • Campus Compact New Hampshire – New England Regional Campus Connect, Dartmouth College, NH (USA), 11-12 October 2012

More details coming soon.  Contact email:

September 2012

  • “Measuring and Monitoring for Engagement.” Engagement Academy for University Leaders. Roanoke, Virginia (USA), 12-14 September 2011.

This unique executive development program is designed for institutional teams or individuals responsible for developing institutional capacity for monitoring and measuring community engagement activities. Participants will return to their campuses with a specific plan to advance the institutional approach to monitoring and measuring engagement as well as effectively link community engagement to the teaching, research, and service missions of the institution. The program is offered by Virginia Tech’s Engagement Academy for University Leaders.

  • 2012 IARSLCE Annual Conference, “Connected Knowing.” Baltimore, MD (USA). 23-25 September 2012.

The theme for the 12th annual International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement (IARSCLE) conference is the generative power of connections and relationships in research on service-learning and community engagement. The IARSLCE annual research conference is targeted to scholars, practitioners, students, and community partners interested in research on service-learning, community-based research, campus-community partnerships, and civic learning outcomes.

July 2012

  • 2012 AUCEA Conference, Queensland University of Technology (Australia), 9-11 July 2012     The third day of this conference will be dedicated to Professional Development workshops. Suggestions from members about prospective keynote speakers, other presenters and conference themes are most welcome.  Please direct your ideas to the AUCEA Executive Officer

June 2012

  • 2012 Engagement Academy for University Leaders, Roanoke, Virginia (USA), 4-8 June 2012
    The Engagement Academy, developed by a national advisory group in 2008, has received awards for its innovation and quality. This annual executive development program is designed for leaders responsible for developing institutional capacity for community engagement. Participants from around the world will develop institutional plans for engagement and will return to their campuses with the ability to advance their plan as well as effectively link community engagement to the teaching, research, and service missions of the institution.
  • Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN (USA), 5-6 June 2012
    The Summit will provide opportunities for faculty, professional staff, student and community leaders interested in higher education civic engagement activities to network and learn from one another while engaging in skill-building sessions as well as discussing challenging issues facing our communities and campuses.


May 2012

  • AsiaEngage Inaugural conference, “Higher-Education-Industry-Community Engagement: Forging Meaningful Partnerships across Asia.” Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 7-9 May 2012.
    The conference will bring together stakeholders from universities, industry, communities and governments to provide the necessary impetus at the regional level to develop a critical agenda that fits in with regional realities, interests and priorities towards achieving better university-industry-community engagement in Asia. To be a part of this important discussion, submit to AsiaEngage your abstract on good practices in community engagement by 1 March 2012. AsiaEngage has been established as an umbrella for the Asia-Talloires Network of Industry and Community Engaged Universities (ATNEU) and the ASEAN University Network Thematic Network on University Social Responsibility and Sustainability (AUN-USR&S).
  • 5th Living Knowledge Conference. “Re-imagining Research Relationships – Co-creating Knowledge in a Democratic Society.” Bonn, Germany. 8-12 May 2012.
    The conference will set its focus on different themes to get more insight in processes, and develop specific policy recommendations that resonate with public concerns and articulated research needs and built on the experience and know-how of the previous Living Knowledge conferences. It will be an opportunity to bring together key thinkers and practitioners in the area of community based research, university/community partnerships and Science Shops and aims at providing options and opportunities for collaborations and ensuring that this area of work is prioritised on policy agendas both nationally and internationally. Conference themes will include:
  • Setting shared research agendas by CSOs and Research
  • The role of Higher Education in creating knowledge with communities
  • Communities and students learning together
  • Evaluation and quality improvement: New lessons learned on measuring the value of community engagement and collaborative research
  • Developing partnership working for research – civil society engagement
  • Policies to support collaborative research relationships

  • CACSL 2012 Conference, “Community Service-Learning: Impacts of Community Engagement.” University of Saskatchewan, Canada. May 10-12, 2012.
    The conference will focus on the impacts of community engagement, how all stakeholders involved in CSL are affected by CSL practices and programs. Our hope is to spark conversation, facilitate the development of potential research alliances, and share practices so that we can learn from authentic engagement with each other. CACSL was officially founded in 2004, building on support from many institutions across Canada. This conference,  Impacts of Community Engagement, hopes to expand on the traditions of collaboration around community service-learning in Canada, and establish a new opportunity for those involved in community service-learning to share with and learn from each other.
  • Connecting Campus with Communities. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.
    May 14-18, 2012
    The first two days of this event will be the Indiana Campus Compact Service Learning Institute (SLI), a hands-on opportunity for higher education service learning instructors, or staff who support service learning curriculum design, to learn how to build or refine a service learning course through the development of learning outcomes and quality service learning experiences, as well as craft meaningful assignments and reflection and assessment activities. The second two days will be the IUPUI Research Academy, an interactive workshop to develop skills, learn about methods and literature, develop a research project and advance research related to service learning in higher education.
  • Academy for Community and Civic Engagement. Auburn University, USA. 14-16 May 2012.
The Community and Civic Engagement Initiative within Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts has announced the first annual Academy for Community and Civic Engagement (ACCE) for faculty throughout the American southeast in the arts and humanities who are interested in incorporating civic engagement/service learning practices into their courses, outreach scholarship, and P & T documentation. ACCE will provide an intense 3-day workshop for successful applicants. The purpose of the Academy for Community and Civic Engagement is:
  • To promote and develop community and civic engagement initiatives among faculty and colleges in the region;
  • To encourage faculty to develop courses with civic engagement/service learning experiences for students;
  • To foster collaborative teaching, research, and outreach efforts among faculty and across universities; and
  • To provide resources and support for community and civically engaged faculty.

  • Architecture ‘Live Projects” Pedagogy International Symposium 2012. “Critical reflections on Live Projects with a view to co-creating a pedagogic best practice framework. Oxford Brookes University, UK. 24-26 May 2012.

A three-day international symposium by and for live project educators, live-project community participants, live project students, practice architects involved in community co-design, University management involved in community partnership projects, and live project practitioners and participants from associated fields and disciplines. Themes include: Problem-based learning, community-engaged scholarship, co-design, peer-based learning, tacit knowledge, threshold concepts, practice-ready skills, professionalism and ethics, diversity, critical citizenship, education futures, deep and surface learning, live project methodologies and paradigms, architecture curriculum, assessment and validation.

April 2012

  • 23rd Annual National Service-Learning Conference® and youthrive PeaceJam Leadership Conference, Minneapolis (USA), 11-14 April 2012.
    The conference focuses on service-learning as a way of teaching and learning that builds academic skills and citizenship while addressing community needs in a genuine way. It convenes teachers and other service-learning practitioners, administrators, researchers, policy-makers, youth leaders, parents, program coordinators, national service members, community-based organization staffs, and corporate and foundation officers. The conference connects participants with service-learning leaders through three days of plenary sessions, thought leader series, and service-learning projects. The 2012 conference theme, Our World, Our Future, is an opportunity to share how youth passion, creativity and innovation can address world issues.
  • Washington Campus Compact – 15th Annual Continuums of Service Conference: Creating the New Vision for Higher Education, Seattle, WA (USA), 11-13 April 2012.
    The civic engagement/service-learning field is well-poised to help create a new vision for higher education and during the 2012 COS, we will do just that! We will facilitate roundtable discussions that explore diverse perspectives, create public spaces to share ideas, and have keynote speakers who will challenge our thinking. By the end of the conference, we intend to integrate collective ideas into a new vision that participants can take back to their colleges, universities, and communities.
  • Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) 15th Anniversary Conference. “Community-Campus Partnerships as a Strategy for Social Justice: Where We’ve Been and Where We Need to Go.” Houston, Texas, USA. 18-21 April 2012.
(CCPH) is convening its 15th Anniversary Conference, April 18-21, 2012 in Houston, TX USA, to nurture a growing network of community-campus partnerships that are striving to solve our most pressing health, social and economic challenges. Held at a pivotal time in the history of CCPH and the community-campus partnerships “movement,” the conference will convene hundreds of community members, faculty, staff, students, funders and policy makers from around the world for 4 days of skill-building, networking and agenda-setting.


March 2012

  • Association of Commonwealth Universities with the University of Kelaniya – Critical Women: Women as Agents of Change through Higher Education, Sri Lanka, Colombo 6 -8 March 2012
    This is absolutely not a conference just for women.  It is, rather, an opportunity for the higher education community, male and female, Commonwealth-wide, and for other interested parties in Ministries of Education, national university associations, national and international women’s organisations, business and industry, to engage with the political and ethical arguments in favour of addressing these issues;  to identify areas in their own institutions which may need to be challenged or changed;  and to share with others examples of policies and strategies which have proved to be particularly effective in their organisations.
  • British Council – Going Global Conference 2012, London UK, 13-15 March 2012
    Going Global is a series of international educational conferences hosted by the British Council. It offers an open forum for policy makers and practitioners from around the world to discuss issues facing the international education community
  • “Learning to Make a Difference,” University of Brighton, 17 March 2012
    The day will involve meeting with students past and present who are undertaking projects that make a difference from small local ideas to big international projects. We will finish the day with something to eat and drink before watching the brand new film R/Evolution looking at the emerging passion of young people as they call on their generation to wake up and take responsibility for steering the world in a more stable direction. Not only will the day give you the opportunity to meet with other students interested in making a difference but it will also provide you with practical skills. These sessions will be led by both current and past students in the following areas:

    • Turning an idea into reality
    • Planning a campaign
    • Learning through experience – student case studies–learning-to-make-a-difference.html

  • Gulf South Summit- Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Through Higher Education, Hattiesburg, MS (USA), 21-23 March 2012
    At the 2012 conference looks ahead to new frontiers of community service and civic engagement. Tenth Anniversary conference celebrating a decade of committment conference theme: TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH COLLABORATION, COMMUNITY AND CITIZENSHIP
  • Clinton Global Initiative – University 2012 Conference. Washington, DC, 30 March – 1 April, 2012.                                                                                                                                       Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, national youth organizations, topic experts, and celebrities discuss solutions to pressing global issues. CGI U 2012 will be held at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Attendees will come together to make a difference in CGI U’s five Focus Areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.                                                                                                 


February 2012

  • NC Campus Compact 2012 Civic Engagement Institute – “Intensifying Impact: Engagement Matters”, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (USA) 15 February 2012
    Formed in the spring of 2002, NC Campus Compact has helped member campuses build their capacity to produce civically-engaged graduates and strengthen North Carolina communities.  The Tenth Year Anniversary Institute is dedicated to thinking deeply about how best to continue our community engagement work, ensuring it is underscored with deeper partnerships, inter- and intra- institutional collaboration, greater impact, targeted outcomes, and lifelong commitment to engagement by institutions, higher education leaders, and students.
  • 2012 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, Washington, DC (USA) 15 – 17 February 2012
    The APSA Teaching and Learning Conference is a unique meeting in which APSA strives to promote greater understanding of cutting-edge approaches, techniques, and methodologies for the political science classroom. The theme for the 2012 conference is “Teaching Political Science: Relevance in a Changing World”.
  • Service-Learning Director Leadership Institute, Roanoke, Virginia (USA), 28 February – 1 March 2012
    Hosted by the Virginia Tech Engagement Academy, the Institute brings together service-learning leaders and engaged scholars, with a well-established foundation in service learning pedagogy, who seek to enhance their leadership capacities, deepen their institutional and community impact, and chart the next steps in their professional development as change agents on campus, in communities, and across the field.

November 2011

  • 2011 IARSLCE Annual Conference. “Research for Impact: Scholarship Advancing Social Change.” Chicago, Illinois (USA). 2-4 November 2011.
      The conference will highlight research that critically evaluates and illuminates the long-term impact of service-learning and community engagement on students, faculty, and community partners and, most importantly, on the social, economic and political issues they seek to transform. The conference will provide dynamic venue for scholarship that articulates how, when, where and why service-learning and community engagement influence critical issues locally, nationally and globally. Veteran, new and emerging scholars from diverse backgrounds and settings will exhibit the highest quality research that advances both the understanding and practice of collaboratively engaging students, educators, and community partners in advancing social change.

  • Community Engagement: The Changing Role of South African Universities in Development. East London, South Africa. 8-10 November 2011.
    This conference of the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (SAHECEF) will focus on:

    • Debating community engagement from philosophical and conceptual perspectives
    • Profiling community engagement practice and analysing trends
    • Promoting the inter-dependent relationship between teaching and learning, research, and community engagement

  • Engage 2011. Bristol (UK). 29-30 November 2011.
    The second national conference hosted by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement will bring together people from across the UK to celebrate HEI public engagement, and explore ways to support it more effectively.

October 2011

  • 12th Annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference. Michigan State University (USA). 2-4 October 2011.
    The National Outreach Scholarship Conference (NOSC) is composed of higher education member institutions, a mix of state-public and private institutions. NOSC works collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship, and designed to help build community capacity. The 12th Annual NOSC will have the following tracks:
  • Methods and Practices of Community-Based Research and Creative Activities
  • Translational Science and the Diffusion of Innovation
  • Globalization and International Engagement
  • Technologies as Tools for Engagement
  • Leadership and Professional Development for Engaged Scholarship

September 2011

  • “Measuring and Monitoring for Engagement.” Engagement Academy for University Leaders. Roanoke, Virginia (USA), 8-10 September 2011.
    Are you responsible for communicating the impact of your outreach and engagement programs?  Do you want to position your institution to describe the university’s impact on your region or your state?  Are you responsible for assessing engagement programs or effectively linking community engagement to the teaching, research, and service missions of your institution?  If so, register now for Measuring and Monitoring for Engagement, which will be offered by Virginia Tech at the home of the Engagement Academy for University Leaders on September 8-10, 2011.

July 2011

  • 2011 AUCEA Conference – “Next Steps: Building the New Engagement Agenda.” Sydney, Australia. 11-13 July 2011.
    The 8th annual AUCEA international conference will be held in Sydney, Australia from 11 – 13 July, and the conference sub-themes are: Leadership, Research, Learning, and Partnerships. Keynote speakers will include Sir David Watson, Alison Page, and Fiona Waterhouse. The conference is being presented in partnership with Newcastle University, Central Queensland University, and Business Events Sydney.

June 2011

  • 3rd Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning, “Make a Difference: Impacts of Service-Learning.” Hong Kong. 7-11 June 2011.
      In accordance with the increasing awareness of Service-Learning, the Office of Service-Learning (OSL) of Lingnan University, Lingnan Foundation, and the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia have joined together to further expand Service-Learning programs throughout the Asia-Pacific Region. The conference aims at gathering educators, students, government officials and service providers from around the world to exchange ideas on the development and the role of Service-Learning in making a difference in the society.

  • Talloires Network Global Conference, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. 14-16 June 2011
    Presidents, rectors, and vice chancellors of Talloires Network member universities will gather in Madrid along with other Network leaders and partners to discuss the next five years of the higher education civic engagement movement. We will strategize about the future of the Network, develop proposals for new projects, assess the current state of civic engagement and social responsibility in higher education and share knowledge about implementing policies and programs that advance human and social development.

May 2011

  • 2nd ASEAN University Network Regional Workshop on University Social Responsibility & Sustainability (USR&S): “Knowledge for People: Research for Community Life.” National University of Malaysia. 9th – 11th May 2011
    Organized by the ASEAN University Network (AUN) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM – National University of Malaysia), this workshop will seek to extract and consolidate the knowledge on USR & S from key practitioners of university and community from the ASEAN and Asia region; Identify and plan for the development of Communities of Practice in specific knowledge-driven areas that will address key challenges across the ASEAN and Asia region; and Document the current status of USR&S in the ASEAN and Asia region and discuss ways to move forward.
  • CU Expo2011 – Community-University Partnerships: Bringing Global Perspectives to Local Action. Waterloo Region, Ontario Canada. 10-14 May 2011
    In partnership between the Centre for Community Based Research (Canada) and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, CU Expo2011 will showcase the exemplars in Community-University partnerships worldwide, and explore and introduce creative ways of strengthening our local communities. Objectives include:

    • To raise awareness about how to implement effective and innovative community-university strategies;
    • To showcase how best to incorporate global perspectives in addressing local concerns;
    • To create spaces where participants will develop strategies for action on common issues facing local communities; and
    • To leave a legacy of new and stronger global networks with a renewed understanding of the potential of community-university partnerships as a means for social action.
      Presentation proposals are due by July 1, 2010.

  •  “Regional Development and Higher Education – the Next Decade.” Brussels, 19-20 May, 2011.
      The PASCAL Universities Regional Engagement Project (PURE) has now completed its pilot phase in working with public authorities and their higher education institutions in order to explore how best to develop useful and practical working partnerships. This meeting is an opportunity to discuss, with the PURE team and with PURE client regions, how the project developed, what it learned and how it might apply to your public authority, your institution or your professional body. The PURE meeting will provide insight into how engagement may best developed, what tools are best suited and, most significantly, how it may be progressed in a climate of austerity.

  • International Institute on Partnerships: “From Reciprocity to Collective Transformation: Achieving the Potential of Community-Campus Partnerships.” Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. 23-25 May 2011.
      Join community partners, faculty, administrators, and students interested in deepening their understandings and practices of community-higher education partnerships. Through a blend of presentations from the field, plenaries and working sessions, the Institute will explore strategies to address persistent challenges, analyze promising practices, and examine research to advance the study of partnerships.


April 2011


  • CGI U 2011. University of California, San Diego. April 1-3, 2011
    The fourth annual CGI U meeting brought together students and national youth organizations to create and implement Commitments to Action across five Focus Areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.
  • 22nd Annual National Service-Learning Conference: The Time is Now. Atlanta, Georgia. 6-9 April 2011.
    The conference is the largest gathering of youth and educators involved in service-learning, drawing more than 2,000 attendees from across the United States and many other countries on site and more than 1,000 others online. Through three days of general sessions, interactive workshops, thought leader spotlights, service-learning projects, and networking, the conference engages participants in education that addresses local, national, and global issues through service-learning.

March 2011

    • 2011 Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education. Roanoke, Virginia (USA). March 2-4, 2011.

      The conference mission is to promote networking among practitioners, research, ethical practices, reciprocal campus-community partnerships, sustainable programs, and a culture of engagement and public awareness through service-learning and other forms of civic engagement.  This conference will address issues such as: changing demographics and diverse communities; economic, financial, and workplace instability; environmental distress and sustainability; food, shelter, and healthcare disparities.

  • African Regional Conference on Community University Partnerships and Community Based Research. Cheikh Anta Diop University Dakar, Senegal. 25 – 26 March 2011.
The Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD) in collaboration with The Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP) at the University of Brighton and the Sub-Saharan Africa Participatory Research Network (REPAS) are organizing a conference on Community University Partnerships. The conference will take place at UCAD and will be presided over by the Senegalese Head of State, his Excellency President Abdoulaye Wade. The purpose of the conference is to bring together students, scholars, civil society organizations and local communities to exchange experiences and practices of community-university partnership activities with a focus on the Africa region. The conference forms part of a joint British Council funded project on ‘Student Community Engagement for Employability and Entrepreneurship with concrete examples from the Africa Region.’


February 2011

  • OECD Conference, “Higher Education in Cities and Regions: For Stronger, Cleaner and Fairer Regions.” Seville Spain, 10-11 February 2011.
      Drawing on OECD reviews and studies, this conference will look at innovative ways in how HEIs can best contribute to making their cities and regions stronger, cleaner and fairer. It will highlight key issues in human capital development and innovation and identify ways of transforming universities. This conference brings together policy makers and practitioners; public and private bodies concerned with regional development; leaders and managers of HEIs; and those responsible for knowledge transfer, regional development and community liaison at HEIs.

January 2011

    • 4th Annual World Universities Forum. Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong. 14-16 January, 2010.

      The Forum examines the role and future of the University in a changing world. It is ambitious in its intellectual and practical, agenda-setting scope, and broad in its themes. Among the themes that are relevant to university community engagement are Community Service, and University Teaching and Learning. You may submit a proposal to the Forum Review Committee for an In-Person  Presentation, or a Virtual  paper at the World Universities Forum. If your Forum proposal is accepted you may submit a written paper to Journal of the World Universities Forum. All proposals, presentations and papers must be in English.


December 2010

    • 9th Pascal Observatory International Conference: Engaged Universities & Learning Cities-Regions. University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana. 1-2 December 2010.

      It is increasingly recognized that higher education institutions can make significant contributions to the economic, social, culture and environmental development of the cities and regions in which they are situated. However, many changes are required within universities in order for them to engage successfully with their surrounding communities. Equally, it is important for cities and regions to understand how they can take advantage of the higher education institutions in their areas to achieve common goals. The theme “Engaged Universities and Learning Cities-Regions” will enable in-depth analysis of the relationship between the university and society in a variety of national contexts.

  • NCCPE Engagement Conference 2010. 7-8 December 2010.

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (UK) is hosting its first national conference, which will focus on the broad theme of why and how universities should engage the public. Day one will focus on HEI public engagement. Day two will feature student volunteering, informed by NCCPE’s vinspired students project.

November 2010

  • Community Engaged Scholarship Conference: Critical Junctures in Research, Practice, and Policy. Guelph, Canada. 4-5 November 2010
      This conference will convene national and international scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to present and discuss emerging research on community-engaged scholarship (CES) in higher education and its implications for research, practice and policy. Specifically, the conference will examine current research on faculty engagement, faculty development, promotion and tenure processes and institutional change strategies from Canada and abroad that facilitate CES. Co-sponsored by the University of Guelph’s College of Social & Applied Human Sciences, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research council of Canada.

  • 5th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education – “Higher Education’s Commitment to Sustainability: from Understanding to Action.” Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. 23-26 November 2010.
      The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI) is organizing this conference to respond to the challenges of sustainability as well as to identify ways for action. The Conference offers a collective work dynamic and active participation. With this methodology, the Conference will include parallel working sessions in two areas: the first will be a dynamic space for exchanging experiences and good practices to analyze how the world regions are advancing with the introduction of sustainability; the second will be a work space where participants will discuss and propose ways of action that contribute to the transformation of higher education. GUNI has issued a call for Good Practices for sessions in the first area.

October 2010

    • 11th Annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference. Raleigh, North Carolina (USA). 4-6 October 2010.

      The 2010 Conference, hosted by North Carolina State University, will explore authenticity and sustainability as critical components of engaged scholarship. The important questions of what, where, who, how, and why will be the foci of the 2010 Conference reflected in five tracks: Program, Place, People, Process, and Philosophy. These invite a diversity of perspectives and experiences reflecting the academy’s authentic and sustained commitment to engaged discovery, learning, application, and integration.

  • 2nd University Social Responsibility International Conference 2010. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 5-6 October 2010.
      The conference will provide a platform for those who are interested to share and exchange ideas on social responsibility related issues. It hopes to develop and strengthen relationship in view of building a strong network and fostering continuous future collaboration among participants. Organisations such as institutions of higher learning, corporate bodies, government agencies and NGO(s) are invited to take part in this international conference. In general, this conference welcomes paper presentations, poster presentations and exhibitions emphasising on social responsibility programme development from various aspects including those on entrepreneurship, sustainability, green technology, poverty, culture and education.

  • Campus Compact Presidents Leadership Summit 2010: Maximizing ‘d’emocratic Partnerships for Student and Economic Success. Georgetown University, Washington DC. October 12-13, 2010.
      We will begin on Tuesday evening, October 12th, with a nationally-known keynote speaker whose passion for civic engagement will set the stage for the following day’s program. Then, on Wednesday, we will review the compelling data showing that early interventions—informed through research and serious scholarship—work. We will explain how community-based research, engaged scholarship, and the nurturing of innovative community partnerships can result in civic engagement at its best on individual campuses and as a collective force.

  • World Universities Congress: “What should be the new aims and responsibilities of universities within the framework of global issues?” Canakkale, Turkey. October 20-24, 2010.
      Cannakale Onsekiz Mart University intends to bring together universities and other closely associated institutions, researchers, and intellectuals, and to provide a wide-ranging forum to discuss the above-mentioned and similar global issues threatening our planet and the new tasks and roles of universities in the process of seeking solutions.

  • 9th IANYS Global Conference on National Youth Service. New Library of Alexandria, Egypt. 25-28 October 2010.
      The International Association of National Youth Service (IANYS) is hosting its 9th Global Conference in Alexandria, Egypt. This is an exciting opportunity for professionals in the field of youth development to come together to share information and current developments in the field with other policymakers, practitioners, and researchers; nurture connections for developing future projects; and discuss the emerging impact of service in the context of youth employability and youth service policy among other important themes. Conference participants will include professionals in the field of youth civic engagement from across the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region and around the world.

  • 10th International Research Conference on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, “International Perspectives: Crossing Boundaries through Research” Indianapolis, Indiana (USA). October 28-31, 2010.
      Co-sponsored by the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement, the Center for Service and Learning at IUPUI, and Indiana Campus Compact, this conference is targeted to those interested in research on service-learning, campus-community partnerships, and civic outcomes of education. Presenters will include faculty and administrators in higher education, educators in K-12, and scholars and practitioners in educational policy and community development. Scholars and attendees from outside of the United States are encouraged to attend and present to advance mutual understanding of this work from multiple perspectives.

September 2010

    • Eighth ALARA World Congress: ‘Participatory Action Research and Action Learning: Appreciating our Pasts, Comprehending our Presents, Prefiguring our Futures.’ Melbourne, Australia. 6-9th September 2010.

      The 2010 World Congress will be hosted by ALARA, the Action Learning, Action Research Association, a strategic network of people interested in using action research and action learning to generate collaborative learning, research and action to transform workplaces, schools, colleges, universities, communities, voluntary organisations, governments and businesses. Abstracts for proposed contributions are due April 29 2010.

  • 11th Annual Imagining America Conference “Convergence Zones: Public Cultures and Translocal Practices.” University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.  September 23-25, 2010.
      Imagining America, a consortium of colleges and universities hosted by Syracuse University, articulates how campus-community partnerships contribute to local and national civic life while furthering recognition of the value of public scholarship and practice in higher education itself. This year’s conference theme signals an exploration of how public scholarship creates new connections among disciplines, communities, and sectors. As our work shuttles across institutional, geographical, and professional boundaries, our projects become zones of convergence where social interests, cultural practices, and new and old media intersect. Animated by hybrid modes of participation and circulation, these convergence zones reshape our research, teaching, and engagement activities as they foster new projects, knowledge, and publics. Early bird registration deadline: August 10, 2010.


August 2010

    • XIII International Service-Learning Conference. Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, Buenos Aires. 23-27 August 2010.

      Organized by the Latin American Center for Service Learning (CLAYSS), this conference has become one of the most important annual gatherings in Latin America for experts and institutions promoting service learning. Its main goals are to:


      - Offer service-learning training to teachers, principals, and government and NGO leaders.


      - Promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among schools and Universities developing service-learning projects in Latin America.


      - Strengthen the networks between civil society and the educational system to the benefit of a better education for all.


      Service-learning leaders from Latin America, USA and Europe will be participating in the Conference.

July 2010

  • 7th Annual AUCEA Conference: “Communities Participation and Partnership.” University of Tasmania, Australia. July 3-7, 2010
      The AUCEA 2010 Conference will address key challenges faced by universities in increasing community participation and addressing social equity.  This is a different focus from previous conferences and is a must attend event for committed higher educators and their community partners. Abstracts for papers to be presented at the conference are due 15 February 2010. Universities are encouraged to co-present with their partners (targeted partners to include local government, not-for-profit organizations, community groups, business, and individual community partners). Speakers from North America and Europe will provide an international perspective.

  • Ninth International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR): “Facing Crises: Challenges and Opportunities Confronting the Third Sector and Civil Society.” Kadir Has University. Istanbul, Turkey. July 7-10, 2010
      After two decades of unprecedented growth in and recognition of the third sector and civil society, the 2010 ISTR International Conference will take stock of the challenges and opportunities facing the third sector and civil society.

June 2010

  • 6th Annual Symposium on Service Learning & Civic Engagement, “Pursuing an Engagement Agenda: Pathways and Perspectives.” Western Carolina University, USA. 10 June 2010.

The Symposium will feature critical reviews of the literature, reports of research