EAIE Barcelona 2020 provides a unique opportunity to explore various facets of the theme ‘Forging creative pathways’. Our conference is the ideal forum to showcase your work and build your professional network. Send us your best idea for a session or a workshop and help shape the future of international higher education. The call for proposals is now open!

Conference theme

Both the city of Barcelona and the field of international higher education have forged their own creative pathways in the world. Barcelona has developed its own unique position globally via its unmatched architecture and its cosmopolitan character, and today it ranks as one of the world’s top smart cities.

This same creative and forward-thinking is also needed to address the complex realities of the world in which we live and operate as professionals. The field of higher education faces enormous pressures and challenges around matters of design, delivery and impact. However, internationalisation has the potential to redefine the norms that may constrain our work and guide education toward a better future. The theme of ‘Forging creative pathways’ celebrates both the city of Barcelona, teeming with creativity and bright plans for the future, and the exciting possibilities that lie ahead for creating responsible international higher education.

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Become a speaker

Every year we seek out current and thought-provoking topics and speakers who can engage their audiences with quality-driven content in lively and informative discussions. Click on the different proposal types below to learn about each format, the necessary contributor information, assessment criteria, our main topics of interest and instructions on how to submit your proposal. Be sure to also read the 2020 Conference proposal agreements and the proposal FAQ.


Sessions give participants a quick overview – 30 or 60 minutes – of a particular subject. As well as knowledge-sharing, sessions should offer enough room for discussion.

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Poster sessions

Poster sessions combine graphic and text elements into a poster to display a specific topic. Presenters are allocated a 90-minute slot in which to discuss their work with participants.

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Ignite© sessions

Ignite© sessions are a fast-paced first glance at different topics, intended to fire up discussions. Speakers have just five exciting minutes in which to present an idea.

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Workshops are a training experience available to conference participants at an additional fee. They should be highly interactive and provide networking opportunities.

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Call for proposals timeline

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    Call for proposals opens

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    Proposal submission deadline

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    Submitters to be notified regarding proposals

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