Call for interest - 28th ICDE World Conference 2019


The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is pleased to announce a Call for interest for the 28th ICDE World Conference scheduled for 2019 and asks member institutions to submit declarations of interest for hosting this conference.

We are in particular interested in bids from members in South America and Arab states.

The biennial ICDE World Conference is widely recognized as:

  • the leading international event in online, open and flexible education;

  • offering a forum for the presentation of cutting edge developments;

  • offering a forum to directly impact and contribute to future international and regional educational policy discussions;

  • providing international and regionalised perspectives, insight and experience from world renowned experts, leading academics and politicians;

  • providing a platform for professional development, interaction and knowledge exchange with universities at the forefront of online, open and flexible education, IGOs, NGOs and companies and research organisations involved in the field; 

  • providing access to network building, with the opportunity to make connections and strengthen existing relations with rectors, vice chancellors, faculty members and staff from about 200 ICDE member institutions and 20 member organisations.

The ICDE World Conference attracts 600 - 1000 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 and international associations 

  • training companies 

  • suppliers from the private sector


Applications should be submitted by e-mail to by Monday 26 September 2016. The application should include:

  • 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:

ICDE Conference Guidelines:
Please see the ICDE conference guidelines for further details with regard to procedures.

For an overview of the 26th ICDE World Conference that was hosted by UNISA visit the website here.

A special post-conference report on the 26th ICDE World Conference can now also be downloaded. In this souvenir supplement, University World News, reports on the conference. Click here to view.