The Alliance for International Education
Hosting the 2012 World Conference
The AIE Board of Trustees invites applications from interested parties who would like to host the 2012 AIE
World Conference. The following paragraphs outlines the process for expressing interest, the responsibilities
involved and the criteria that we will use when considering requests and selecting the 2012 host city.
The AIE World Conference
The World Conference is held every two years. It aims to encourage discussion, research, partnerships and
action in support of the AIE Statement of Purpose. The event typically lasts for three days and brings together
between 300-500 participants, with a strong presence of educators and other representatives from the host
country who are exponent of international learning in the local context.
The conference format involves at least one plenary session each day, with other sessions being held in break-
out rooms. The break-out sessions are central to the purpose of the conference as they allow groups to explore
specific themes in depth. In these strand sessions, about half of the time is given to formal presentations and
the other half to lively discussions leading to concluding recommendations.
The conference fee is intended to be inclusive of all services such as lunches and refreshments, a conference
reception on the opening day and a conference dinner on the second evening,
What “Hosting the Conference” Implies
Once the conference location is determined, the Hosts and the AIE Board of Trustees form a partnership team
to design and manage the planning and logistics. However, there is a clear distinction in the responsibilities
with a division of roles between the AIE Board and the local hosts. These are shown in the appendix and
The AIE Board of Trustees is responsible for the conference programme. Advice and suggestions will be sought
from the Hosts to ensure relevance of the conference title and themes for a local audience and the inclusion