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Page last updated: 24th October 2012

Conferences, Seminars and Meetings

Professor Alan Smith is well known as a leader in his field; in addition to more than 20 keynote presentations to international research conferences and government research conferences he has also been invited to participate in international research events at universities around the world, at international roundtables and advisory boards and at prestigious global launches, such as the Education for All Global Monitoring Report in 2011.

The following list provides a summary of conferences and meetings in which Alan has participated, ordered chronologically; use the year menu below to skip down the page to a particular year if required.

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  • Presentation to GIZ Education and Conflict Panel, part of a seminar series, in Bonn, Germany (27–30 November 2012)
  • Seminar presentation to the Dutch UN Students Association (DUNSA), in Groningen, Netherlands (5–8 November 2012)
  • Keynote Speaker, UNESCO IIEP, International Youth Forum in Paris, France (9–19 October 2012)
  • Presentation at UNICEF Planning Meeting with Country Offices in New York (24–28 September 2012)
  • Presentation at UNICEF Conflict Analysis meeting in Uganda (11–17 September 2012)
  • Presentation at the British Association for Comparative and International Education Conference in Cambridge (8–10 Sept 2012)
  • Invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams to participate in a conference at Lambeth Palace, London on Education for Children Affected by Armed Conflict, London (3 September 2012)
  • Presentation at the INCORE Summer School, at the University of Ulster on Education and Peacebuilding (20 June 2012)
  • Presentation at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference in San Juan, USA (20–29 April 2012)
  • Presentation at a meeting of UNHCR in Geneva, Education, Displacement and Peacebuilding (13–16 March 2012)
  • UNICEF Executive Board, New York (6–11 February 2012)

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  • Global Coalition for Protection of Education from Attack (6–12 November 2011)
  • Presentation at the Education and International Development Conference in Amsterdam (28–30 September 2011)
  • Presentation at the UKFIET Annual Conference at New College in Oxford (11–16 September 2011)
  • Presentation to UNICEF Workshop, Sussex (27–29 June 2011)
  • Presentation to Thinking about Education and Peacebuilding Conference, Belfast (23 June 2011)
  • Presentation to senior staff, UNESCO, Paris (April 2010)
  • Keynote speaker, Global launches of Education for All Global Monitoring Report (2011) The Hidden Crisis: Armed conflict and education, London (1 March 2011), Oslo (18 March 2011), Bonn (31 March 2011)
  • Education and Conflict, Comic Relief, London (14 January 2011)
  • Contributor to ESRC Seminar series on Citizenship (2011)

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  • Conflict Intervention and Politics of Knowledge, Manchester (25–26 November 2010)
  • Conflict and Education Conference, York (16–17 November 2010)
  • UNICEF, New York (19–26 September 2010)
  • Child Well‑Being Symposium, Dublin (2–4 September 2010)
  • Respondent at session organized by UNICEF, WCCES Annual Conference, Istanbul, Turkey (14–18 June)
  • EfA Global Monitoring Report, advisory group, UNESCO Paris (19–20 May 2010)
  • Presentation to UNESCO senior staff and INEE Working Group, UNESCO, Paris (14–16 April 2010)
  • Speaker to GTZ Working Group on Peace and Reconciliation, Berlin, Germany (26–29 January 2010)
  • Contributor to ESRC Seminar series on Citizenship (2010)

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  • UK UNESCO Chairs meeting, London (23 November 2009)
  • Participation in INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility, World Bank, Washington DC (19–20 November 2009)
  • Invited roundtable at Brookings Institute, Washington DC on Education and Conflict and consultation meeting with EfA GMR team and representatives from World Development Report (18 November 2009)
  • Presentation of ‘think piece’ paper for the EfA Global Monitoring Report 2011 on Education and Conflict, invited to meeting with GMR team, UNESCO, Paris (4 November 2009)
  • Presentation at international conference on Education for Social Cohesion organised by Oxford University, Centre for Lebanese Studies at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon (15–17 October 2009)
  • Presentation on Education for Diversity to group of educators and policy makers from Bosnia and Herzegovina at the London Institute of Education (5 October 2009)
  • Presentation at international expert seminar on Protecting Education from Attack at UNESCO, Paris, sponsored by the Office of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al‑Missned, Qatar, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education (28–30 September 2009)
  • Presentation at international seminar on Education and Conflict at Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, Freiburg, Germany sponsored by GTZ (16–18 September 2009)
  • Hosted UK Development Studies Association (DSA) for 200 academics, DfID sponsored and included some high profile speakers from World Health Organisation (2–4 September 2009)
  • UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education, Paris (5–8 July 2009)
  • Keynote Speaker, The Campus Engage International Conference 2009, Dublin (4–5 June 2009)
  • Speaker, Family Support Now, Galway (18–19 June 2009)
  • Keynote Speaker, Lessons Learned from Post‑Conflict Investments in Education in Bosnia‑Herzegovina and Northern Ireland, USAID and Washington, World Bank (7 May 2009)
  • ESRC TLRP Event, London (15 May 2009)
  • Eliminating World Poverty, Belfast (18 May 2009)
  • Children and Transitional Justice, Co‑convened by UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre and Harvard law School, Boston (27–29 April 2009)
  • Inauguration of UNESCO Chair, Galway (4 March 2009)
  • ESRC TLRP, London (19–20 March 2009)
  • INEE Conference, Istanbul (30 March – 4 April 2009)
  • Launch of Citizenship Report, Stormont, Belfast (2 February 2009)
  • Hosted UK UNESCO Chairs colloquium at the University of Ulster, Belfast (22–23 January 2009)
  • UK National Commission for UNESCO’s EfA Annual Colloquium, London (26 January 2009)
  • Launch of Voices of the Future Report, Belfast (29 January 2009)

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  • European Values Study, meeting of country directors, Brno, Czech Republic (8-11 November 2007)
  • Appointed to Basque President’s Advisory Group on the Peace Process, Vittoria (17–18 September 2007)
  • DfID Commissioning Panel £13 million research programme on poverty reduction, London(11–12 September 2007)
  • World Conference on Comparative Education, Sarajevo (3–6 September 2007)
  • Education and Fragile States, Save The Children, London (30 August 2007)
  • Keynote Speaker, Faith Schools and Development, University of Edinburgh (17–18 May 2007)
  • Research visit, The Role of Education in Dealing with the Past, OSCE, Sarajevo (12–14 March 2007)
  • Speaker, Conflict, Education and the Global South, University of Amsterdam (26–28 February 2007)
  • Keynote Speaker, ESRC UK Debate Choice in Education, Belfast (29 January 2007)

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  • Keynote Speaker, Youth Engagement and Democracy, University of Sydney (Sept 2006)

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  • Keynote Speaker, Human Rights Education, British Council, Vilnus, Lithuania (8–9 Dec 2005)
  • Keynote Speaker, Cross Border Human Rights Education, Amnesty International, Dublin, Ireland (20 Oct 2005)
  • Invited speaker, ESRC Thematic Seminar Series Professionalism and Teacher Identity, King’s College, London (5 July 2005)
  • Keynote Speaker, Citizenship Education, Government of China International Conference, Hong Kong (7–8 June 2005)

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  • Keynote Speaker, Education in the 21st Century: Conflict, Reconstruction and Reconciliation, Annual Conference of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (3–4 July 2004)
  • Keynote Speaker, A Rights Based Approach to Education Planning, involving participants from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Vietnam, UNESCO Bangkok, (28–30 July 2004)

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  • Keynote speaker, Education Reforms in Kyrgyzstan, President of Kyrgyzstan and OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Bishkek (3–5 Nov 2003)
  • Keynote speaker, British Council International Seminar, Citizenship and Human Rights Education, Birmingham UK (23–27 Sept 2003)
  • Keynote speaker, Global Challenges for Citizenship Education, Red Cross, Hampden Park, Glasgow (25 June 2003)
  • Speaker, Teacher Education in a Climate of Change: The Challenge of Curriculum Change, Department of Education, Northern Ireland (28 April 2003)
  • Keynote speaker, UNESCO International Bureau for Education, Curriculum and Social Cohesion, Geneva (2–4 April 2003)
  • Representative to meeting of UNESCO National Commissions, Rabat, Morocco (10–13 March 2003)
  • Keynote Speaker, Seamus Heaney Lecture series, The Challenge of Pluralism for Education, Dublin (24 Feb 2003)
  • Chair of UNESCO international consultation on human rights education strategy, Paris (29–31 January 2003)

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  • Guest speaker, British Council, Jakarta, Indonesia (2–14 May 2002)

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Field Work

In addtion to attending conferences, meetings and other national and international events Alan has engaged in field work related to his research in education, conflict and international development:

  • UNICEF Fieldwork, Uganda (10–17 September 2012)
  • GTZ Field Work, Sierra Leone (3–13 May 2011)
  • GTZ Field Work, Sierra Leone (17–28 January 2011)
  • Field Work, Nepal (14–24 January 2011)

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Contact Details

Professor Alan Smith

Alan Smith

Centre Director


School of Education
University of Ulster
Co Londonderry
BT52 1SA
Northern Ireland


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