ICDE host a number of events and contribute and participate in partner events throughout the year. ICDE members are eligible to host ICDE events, of which there are three types:


ICDE World Conference

The biennial ICDE World Conference is widely recognized as the leading world event in open and distance education and offers a forum for the presentation of cutting edge developments, network building, and professional development.

The ICDE World Conference attracts an average of 800 participants representing the research community, teaching staff, students in open, distance and e-learning, management of educational institutions, policy makers, the public sector, relevant professional associations and both training companies and suppliers from the private sector.

The 26th ICDE World Conference was hosted by UNISA, South Africa. Visit the 26th ICDE World Conference website for more information. 

The 27th ICDE World Conference was hosted in 2017 by Contact North, Canada. Click here for more information.

For more information on past ICDE World Conferences visit the Event Archives and or the ICDE History pages.

The next ICDE World Conference is to be hosted by National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University. Register here:  





Up to now, the Leadership Summit (former President's Summit and ICDE Standing Conference of Presidents) has been an annual forum of policy level decision makers from ICDE member institutions, invited institutions and co-operating organizations. The meeting has provided a unique opportunity for Rectors, Presidents, and Chief Executive Officers from around the world to meet to exchange information, share expertise and knowledge, establish benchmarks, and determine advocacy directions. The meetings have been entirely confidential and the meetings enable institutional executive leaders the opportunity to speak freely in a peer-to-peer environment on a wide range of critical and extraordinarily sensitive subjects.

In connection with the Presidents' Meeting, ICDE usually organizes the ICDE Policy Forum which is ICDE members’ yearly forum for handling issues of major interest for members. ICDE and its Executive Committee provide general guidance, and hold the main responsibility for the content of the Policy Forum while the host provides the venue, support services, workshop arrangements and facilitates the organization of the event.

The last 2016 ICDE Presidents' Summit was hosted by Charles Sturt University, Australia in 2016. Click here for more information. 


International Conferences

ICDE International Conferences are hosted by ICDE member institutions who are invited to submit ongoing declarations of interest for hosting an ICDE International Conference. Dependent on the needs of ICDE member institutions and the strategic direction of ICDE, bids from members in different regions will be given priority.

Check the ICDE Event Archives for past ICDE International Events.

If your institution is interested in hosting an event contact


 Submitting a proposal to host an ICDE event:

ICDE will launch a call for hosts for the ICDE World Conference and ICDE Presidents' Summit through the ICDE Presidents' Letter and via the ICDE website.

Applications for hosting an ICDE event will need to include the following:

  • A covering letter explaining the applicability of the institution for hosting the event.

  • An official endorsement by the Head of the institution.

  • A description of the institution’s ability to provide quality of organization and planning, information and marketing, and programme content.

  • A description of the benefits of the proposed location.

  • A detailed description of options for venues and facilities.

  • A description of hotel options.

  • A milestone plan for the preparation of the conference.

  • A breakdown of expected costs, including a proposal for conference fees.

  • A communication plan.

  • A short description for an abstract review system and a delegate registration system.

  • A description of the potential for attracting sponsors.

For further information please contact the ICDE Secretariat.