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Ecolint Free online conference 27-30 June 2020 - Education and Diversity in a Pluricultural Context

Ecolint Free online conference 27 30 June 2020 Education and Diversity in a Pluricultural Context

RIPE: Research Informed Practice in Education

The 2020 RIPE Network Conference goes virtual (and free!)

→ Access videos of our keynote speeches
→ Get feedback on your research project
→ Take part in our "Virtual Round Tables"

27-30 June 2020:
"Education and Diversity in a Pluricultural Context"


Across the globe schools and universities are closed with millions of people confined to their homes, struggling to maintain purposeful lives despite very real and pressing constraints. We have all been besieged by messages announcing the cancellation of events. Many conferences are postponed, others are going fully online.

We, too, have weighed the situation. Our conclusion is that we must use this opportunity to think beyond the end of the crisis, to rethink and reshape our purpose as we launch the network of international research schools.

We remain committed to supporting the development of research in education and diversity in a pluricultural context. We are equally committed to engaging in a collaborative experiment in building sustainable intellectual communities in a virtual space.


The purpose of the RIPE network is to bring together university researchers and classroom practitioners with the aim of promoting robust research informed practice in international education while providing the opportunity for all participants to benefit from a rich exchange of views and a broad range of experience.

The network will be structured in a series of hubs, each of which will be comprised of at least one university and one international school. Both governmental and non-governmental organisations from wider society (e.g. UNESCO) will also be encouraged to become involved. The close collaborative relationships established among member institutions will allow us to collectively construct a deep understanding of dialogic teaching and learning in a plurilingual and pluricultural context.

Participating institutions will host events coordinated with other regional hubs represented in the network (currently Europe and East Asia). The content and structure of RIPE events should reflect the immediate needs and interests of regional hub members, however, participants from other member hubs will also be welcome.

Long term aims include the dissemination of publications on collaborative and school based research in a range of domains related to culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy and the politics of culture. The network will seek to empower practitioner researchers and build a shared body of knowledge that challenges hegemonic notions of traditionally legitimate sources of knowledge and pedagogy in the complex context of international education.

In addition to conferences, future aims will include the creation of a website as well as masters and post-graduate student and early career academic network.



This year's conference is organized by the European Hub

1) Share your research project with us by 15 June 2020

If you wish to benefit from feedback from peers through our Virtual Round Tables, please submit a 300 to 350-word abstract outlining your research project using this specific form. You may additionally use one of the following formats:

  • 5-10 minute video
  • Powerpoint/Google Slides presentation (ideally with voiceover)
  • Proposals should outline the theoretical framework; state the main purpose of the project and, as appropriate, provide an indication of the methods and literature used.

Submissions are welcome in English or French. Separate Virtual Round Table panel discussions will be organized according to the content of submissions.

2) 20 June 2020

  • Access pre-reading and guided questions for the keynote addresses. These will be available to registered participants on our website.

3) 27 June to 30 June 2020

  • Watch videos of pre-recorded keynote addresses (see details below) & pose questions to the speakers
  • Take part in our Virtual Round Tables

4) 30 June 2020

  • Look up for the Keynote speakers' responses addressing the main points raised by participants in the online forum. These will be published on our website.