Proposals can be based on best practices, innovative ideas, research findings and/or policy-oriented perspectives. They should address the conference theme and fit into one of the five conference tracks:

Global competence requires that we work together in alignment. Sessions in this track will bring together different stakeholders and identify roles and responsibilities required for each to make global competence a staple of formal and non-formal education around the world. This includes best ways to develop and implement meaningful policies, strategies, funding mechanisms and educational frameworks that ensure our institutions and educators are ready to help people become globally competent.

Proposals can be submitted in one of the following four formats

Three or more speakers offering diverse perspectives and insights on a topic aligned with the conference theme. Panels can be used to present research results, best practices, innovative ideas or policy proposals, Each panel session plan must account for at least 15 minutes of dedicated question and answer time. Each panel will last 60 minutes and have up to 50 participants.

Each session proposal must contain the following information

  • Session title and description (200-300 words)
  • Session summary (75 words – If proposal is accepted summary will be published on the conference website and in other communications)
  • Presenter information (affiliation, title, email, address, etc.) and brief bio (75 words or less)
  • At least two clear goals/objectives and concrete expected outcomes for participants
  • Adequate time and relevant methods (based on selected format) for audience interaction and engagement

Session proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria

  • Alignment with conference theme and tracks
  • Diversity of speakers and perspectives (proposals that include multiple institutions, organizations, and educator or learner perspectives are preferred)
  • Relevance and applicability of expected session outcomes
  • Topics and session formats that are innovative, engaging, thought-provoking and unique
  • Applicability and relevance of session goals for stakeholders working on various levels.

Proposals that invite audience participation and engagement are preferred. Creativity – use alternate presentation techniques, group exercises, simulations and innovative non-formal learning methodologies are encouraged.


Session proposal will be accepted through this form until 11:59PM GMT on 12 March 2018  25 March 2018 (Extended Deadline). Once you create a proposal you will receive a link to make edits if necessary. After you submit your proposal, you will receive a notification from the 2018 AFS Global Conference Team and won’t be able to make any further changes.

The proposal review committee will notify the author(s) of proposals on 10 April whether or not their session proposals were accepted.

Speaker registrations

Speakers of all accepted proposals must confirm their participation and complete their registrations before the early-bird deadline on 4 June 2018.

AFS is a non-profit organization and we regret that we cannot offer free registrations for presenters, however, a discounted speaker fee and some registration scholarships will be available.

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Call for proposals launches

Registrations launch

Deadline to submit proposals

Notifications of acceptance to proposal submissions

Confirmation deadline for accepted proposals

Early-bird registration closes

Regular registrations end