Call for submissions

The First Call for submissions is now open.

The First Call closes on 17 November 2019. There will be a Second Call, but submitters are strongly encouraged to answer the First Call to avoid disappointment if presentation slots fill up, and to take advantage of cheaper early bookings of travel and accommodation.


Please note that only one abstract may be submitted per author. An author who has already submitted may, however, be listed as a collaborator on a paper submitted by a different author.

Presentations at ICED 2020 will have the following formats:

  1. Presentations. Presentations last 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for interaction with participants through questions or discussion.
  2. Workshops. Workshops last 90 minutes and are opportunities to facilitate a conversation, or to demonstrate effective educational development practices. Workshop proposals should include both an abstract and a workshop facilitation plan. Creative and engaging workshops are encouraged, and diverse formats are welcome.
  3. Panel discussions. Panel discussions last 90 minutes and serve to explore a topic from different perspectives. Panels that involve representatives from multiple countries and students are particularly encouraged. Panels should feature at least four participants; these should be named in the submission. Both the added value of the panel format and the plan for ensuring interaction with the audience should be described in the abstract. All panellists must register for the conference.
  4. Posters. Posters will be displayed during a breakfast session where poster presenters can engage with conference participants. Posters may feature emerging or completed research and/or topics that inspire critical discussion and engagement with educational development topics. Poster size should not exceed A0 portrait format.


Submissions should address one or more of the following sub-themes:

Diversity and the future-ready graduate

“My future is not your future.” Diverse groups have differing educational needs and goals, and defining the term “future-ready graduate” requires us to reflect not only on technology but on factors such as gender, indigeneity, economic status and location. In some cases the role and meaning of education itself need discussion. How can our global community move into our shared future in ways that not only address future technological and economic needs, but also honour differences?

Future-ready teaching methods

How will students be learning in an unknown future? What formats and methods will they require? How can our institutions prepare and respond, and keep education both relevant and accessible?

Future-ready assessment

Inspired, forward-looking developments in education often fail at the assessment stage, where old-fashioned methods still prevail. How can we retain the momentum of innovation right through assessment? What new perspectives are needed? How can we leverage the many digital tools we now have at our disposal?

Future-ready disciplines and curricula

The growth of knowledge is exponential and technology is developing rapidly and radically. How do we ensure that curricula remain relevant and responsive to contextual challenges and to student needs? How do we best work to decolonise western-centric curricula and integrate ways of knowing and learning from the Global South? How do we embed a necessary critique of existing power relations that restrict opportunity and potential? What competences do future graduates need and how do we anticipate these? How do we prepare graduates to be future-ready in a constantly changing digital world, and for the challenges of artificial intelligence?

Future-ready professional development

As the needs of students change, so do those of academics. How will professional development look in the future, and how should our practices as educational developers change? What is the role of the scholarship of teaching and learning in propagating a future-ready mindset?

Future-ready educational developers

How will educational development evolve? What mindset is required to be future-ready, and how do we develop it? What tools will help us to remain innovative and effective?

Future-ready universities

To be future-ready, how will our organisations need to develop? What forms of leadership and collaboration are required, and how do we cultivate them? Where does power currently reside inside and outside our organisations, and what stances do we take?

The future is now

What educational developments are already underway which can take us forward into the future?

Submission process

Abstract length: 400 words excluding references (only main references to be included). No images, graphs or tables. Workshop proposals should include an additional facilitation plan of 300 words which includes desired participant outcomes.

Criteria for review of submissions

  • The submission articulates the connection to educational development and the conference theme(s) clearly.
  • The submission demonstrates an understanding of educational development issues and/or existing scholarship in the field.
  • The theoretical/methodological frameworks used in the submission are visible and sound.
  • The submission describes methods for actively engaging the audience (particularly important for workshops).
  • The submission outlines how the work contributes to the understanding or practice of educational development.


  • Deadline for submissions (1st Call): Midnight on 17 November 2019
  • Communication of acceptance or rejection: No later than 13 December 2019
  • Presenters must confirm acceptance by registering for the conference by 13 January 2020

Conference proceedings

ICED 2020 will feature conference proceedings. After the conference all presenters of ICED 2020 workshops and parallel sessions may submit a full paper for publication in the Learning and Teaching Journal of ETH Zurich’s Educational Development and Technology unit. For information on the Journal see the Learning and Teaching Journal website .

Alternatively, presenters may submit their papers to the International Journal for Academic Development. Note that papers may not appear in both journals.

Watch this space for information on submission procedure and deadlines.