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Designing on Purpose

Annual Conference

17 - 21 November 2015

Palau de Congressos de Catalunya - Barcelona


Through the theme of this year’s conference,  Designing on Purpose, we hope to achieve a shift in focus to intention, impact and implementation, so that participants can return to their schools and begin to make a change straight away, as a result of the exchange of ideas at the conference.

 What we are looking for in proposals:

 -       Cross-functional, intentional collaboration: we will give priority to proposals submitted by co-presenters from different interest areas. Individual submissions will still be considered.

 -       Geared towards production (practical, rather than theoretical): we will give priority to proposals with tangible outcomes, suitable for implementation.

The design of the Annual Conference has changed, which is why we ask that before you submit your proposal, you watch the 20 min presentation that our Executive Director has prepared. 

Please access the presentation here


Here's a summary of the types of sessions you can submit proposals for:

Hothouse : a learning experience aimed at mastering and advancing skills within your discipline / area of expertise.Session designed to help participants to go in-depth in  their specific discipline.

Injection: a learning experience aimed at those who have achieved a mastery level in their own discipline and giving them a taste of a different discipline / area of expertise to help them take the next step.

Portfolio: sharing best practice & what works well within your teaching and learning with a focus on collaboration. Cross functional format ( a portfolio approach).

Campfire: a professional conversation evolving around a topic or question, no technology support, informal and unstructured.

Think Tank: a group brainstorm evolving around a topic or question. Panel discussion, focusing on participation and identifying the next steps.

Speed Innovation: Similar to the notion of speed dating. Exclusive focus on Innovation, brief presentation of 5 min, followed by questions and discussion.

Pitch: 90 seconds pitch in front of members of the Think Tank and other individuals. Exclusive focus on Innovation. The best PITCH will be awarded a cash prize to support the implementation of the new idea within the school.

Online submission of abstracts will be available by May 15 and open until July 2.

The selection process will take place between July 6 - 17 and we will communicate the results between July 20 - 24.

Please note that speakers will benefit from a reduction of the registration fee, but not a full waiver

If you have any queries, please email us at


Meet the Executive Director

Kevin J. Ruth, PhD, invites you to discover how ECIS can help you learn, so that you can excel at transforming lives across the world. 

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ECIS Annual Conference

Designing on Purpose

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Palau de Congressos de Catalunya - Barcelona

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