Welcome to The Osaka Conference on Education (OCE), held in partnership with the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University.
IAFOR is excited to return to the great city of Osaka, that sits at the centre of the Kansai region, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic economic areas. The region is home to many great educational and scientific institutions, with the tradition of absorbing new knowledge and leading in intellectual discourse in Japan through the ages. From the ancient Buddhist training colleges of Hieizan in Kyoto to its modern heir, Kyoto University, the cutting edge labs of Riken in Kobe, to the innovative Osaka University, where the IAFOR Research Centre is housed, Kansai is the vortex of culture and learning in Japan.
In keeping with the IAFOR 2020 theme of “Embracing Diversity”, the conference will draw on the rich local context for contextualisation and inspiration, and invite scholars from the region and around the world to come together to meet and exchange the latest ideas and research, at the time of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, an event that welcomes the world to celebrate peace and unity.
Inspiring Global Research Collaborations
IAFOR's unique global platform facilitates discussion around specific subject areas, with the goal of generating new knowledge and understanding, as well as forging and expanding new international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research networks and partnerships. We have no doubt that OCE2020 will offer a remarkable opportunity for the sharing of research and best practice and for the meeting of people and ideas.
Special Announcement: OCE2020 will be held online from December 15-16, 2020
Due to ongoing international travel restrictions beyond our control, we have taken the decision to hold the inaugural Osaka Conference on Education entirely online via Zoom.
IAFOR conferences are exceptionally rich for the diverse national backgrounds of delegates, with our events usually attracting attendees from an average of 30-40 countries. While this makes the events special, it has also made them vulnerable to the international travel restrictions now in place in Japan, and which have not been properly lifted at the time of writing, meaning that the majority of delegates will not be able to make the journey to Japan.
By the December date, we are hopeful that delegates from overseas would be more able to choose to attend the event in person.
We apologise for this decision, but ask for your understanding given the unpredictable situation. We also appreciate your continued support.
We look forward to seeing you online.
– The OCE2020 Organising Committee
Steve Cornwell, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) & Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan
Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech, USA
Haruko Satoh, Osaka University, Japan
IAFOR Journal of Education (Scopus Indexed Journal)
This conference is associated with the Scopus and DOAJ listed IAFOR Journal of Education.
The Organising Committee of The Osaka Conference on Education (OCE) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, and so forth; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and overseeing the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.
OCE2020 Review Committee
IAFOR's peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by conference Organising Committee members under the guidance of the Academic Governing Board. Review Committee members are established academics who hold PhDs or other terminal degrees in their fields and who have previous peer review experience.
If you would like to apply to serve on the OCE2019 Review Committee, please visit our application page.