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IAU 16th General Conference 2022 - Call for proposals

Call for proposals

Framed by the Conference concept note, IAU is pleased to open a call for proposals to identify excellent speakers from different regions of the world that can contribute to the important conversations during breakout sessions of the General Conference programme.
Please select the topic you wish to address and provide a succinct abstract along with your bio-note in the submission form:

1. Responding to local needs in a globalized world: compatible or competing objectives?
2. Skills, competences and knowledge for unwritten futures: where do we go from here?
3. From science to society: how to reach out beyond the academic circle and unlock the sciences?
4. How to foster a culture of democracy and human rights in the curriculum?
5. How to build bridges in a world of increasing inequalities between higher education systems? 

Retained authors will receive complimentary access to the General Conference. However, they are responsible for travel, accommodation and other related costs. The General Conference is an in-person event, and remote presentations will not form part of the programme. Please refer to the IAU Future of Higher Education Webinar Series if you wish to propose a remote presentation.

Deadline 15 April

We are no longer accepting proposals.

About the Conference


  • DATE: 25 - 28 OCTOBER 2022

The IAU is pleased to convene the 16th General Conference organized in collaboration with the University College Dublin in Ireland from 25-28 October 2022. It is a ‘in-person’ event.

The General Conference is the supreme decision-making body of IAU, and the place for IAU Members to come together to set the vision forward, adopt the strategic plan, elect the next IAU President and the members of the Administrative Board for the tenure 2022-2026.

In addition to the Conference business sessions, the IAU is pleased to offer a stimulating programme for discussion on the Relevance and Value of Universities to Future Society. It will offer diverse perspectives from different regions of world, and most importantly it will provide the opportunity to network with peers from around to the world, to build new connections and partnerships and to enjoy the social programme offering insights into the Irish culture and an introduction to the host institution, University College Dublin (UCD).

To learn more and register, visit

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