Virtual Conference


Following the cancellation of the onsite CIES conference in Miami due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are shifting to a virtual meeting space with the goal of providing an engaging and meaningful experience for those who had expected to attend. We are grateful for your patience and support as the Society grapples with the challenge of transforming our canceled onsite Annual Meeting into a new opportunity. The success of our virtual conference will depend on all of us working together and creating a common space – and purpose – as we build a dynamic, interactive, and inclusive conference.

CIES 2020 “Education Beyond the Human” has originally envisioned a small virtual conference pilot, which is scheduled to open on March 15, 2020. The original virtual conference pilot includes paper sessions, with pre-recorded presentations grouped around a particular theme and invited discussants. The audience is asked to preview these recordings and join the live online meeting to discuss the papers with presenters and invited discussants. Virtual Poster Presentations are accompanied by short audio recordings and include a discussion area for you to engage with the author(s) and each other. The keynotes and highlighted sessions will be live-streamed. The audience will have an opportunity to join the sessions, see who else is attending, and participate in discussions.

In addition to the planned virtual conference pilot, we will make our best efforts to extend virtual participation to the broader conference audience. The transition to vCIES may be bumpy and is likely to have some glitches. We therefore thank you in advance for your patience, understanding, and your willingness to support us in this complicated and experimental transition process. Please carefully read the information below to learn how to engage in transitioning to vCIES most effectively both as a SIG, Standing Committee, and/or an individual.



Decentralized, synchronous and asynchronous events and discussion forums on different online and social media platforms

Given the spontaneous nature of this transition, we see this an opportunity to explore different online platforms and ways of organizing ourselves to continue the mission of the CIES ‘to contribute to an understanding of education through encouragement and promotion of comparative education and related areas of inquiry and activity.’  It is an opportunity to experiment with and explore different ways of engaging intellectually around the conference theme and the broader ideas we are passionate about. Therefore, we would like to keep the space open for decentralized and organic experimentation (led by the program planning committee, Standing Committees, and SIGs), while carefully documenting the broad variety of processes and mechanisms used for online engagement, as well as the outcomes, to inform future virtual programming and alternative conferencing possibilities.

The virtual conference will feature both synchronous and asynchronous events, all of which will be recorded, to ensure as wide participation as possible, given the different time zones of CIES conference participants. We also anticipate discussion forums on Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms using #vCIES  to stimulate scholarly exchange.



Connected by the central calendar and sharing content through the CIES information hub & content repository hosted by

While encouraging and supporting decentralized virtual organizing (see details below), the CIES 2020 conference planning committee will manage a living calendar, which will contain information about all virtual events. All CIES conference participants will have access to the virtual conference calendar and will be able to add events and search for different people, sessions, and gatherings. CIES 2020 will thus act as an information hub, the first point of contact for people who want to know “what’s on” today, and a content repository (online posters, video recorded sessions, etc.), even if events are being organized by many different people and units across the Society. We will mobilize social media to share information about the conference events with all CIES members, conference participants, and the broader audience.



March 15 to April 30, 2020… and beyond

The virtual CIES conference began on March 15, 2020 as originally planned and will continue throughout April, 2020. This allows us to unfold as much of the conference program as possible into the virtual space, while being mindful of different time zones and preparations necessary for online participation. We hope that the virtual space will also create a rhythm and a platform for a continued scholarly exchange after the official conference dates, encouraging ‘slow’ research and exchange of ideas on an ongoing basis.



For vCIES to work, we need you to jump in, take risks and get involved. vCIES is child-friendly – please feel free to join in even if your kids might interrupt! Find us on your favorite social media platform of choice using #vCIES. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter. DM us if you have a social or networking event idea you are able to lead. We will be happy to help promote it!

Be sure to stop by our website regularly to access conference-related content and check out our Online Paper Sessions and Virtual Poster Session already available on the conference site. See you on the discussion boards!


For more about vCIES and how it affects different CIES SIGs, Committees, and other units, please see the document below.

*Please note that virtual submissions closed on April 10, 2020. Some links in this concept note may now be disabled.