Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Third 21st Century Academic Forum Conference at Harvard

Dear Colleague:

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the Third 21st Century Academic Forum Conference at Harvard, being held September 20 - 22, 2015.

The theme of the Third 21st Century Academic Forum Conference at Harvard is Facilitating, Fostering, and Harnessing Innovation to Meet Key Challenges of the 21st Century. We encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives under three major topic tracks: (1) Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century (2) Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship and (3) Socially Responsible / Impactful Research.

Please visit our website for detailed topic track lists:


The primary aim of the conference is to bring together an international group of researchers and practitioners to encourage and support the development of a new framework for better understanding the dynamic and interconnected nature of education, research, business, and life in the 21st century. The 21st Century Academic Forum is a Nonprofit organization committed to facilitating, fostering, and harnessing interdisciplinary, intercultural, and inter-stakeholder collaborative research initiatives.


- Oral Presentation: 25 minutes
- Poster Presentation: 3 hours
- Absentee Presentation: For those who are unable to join us at Harvard, we offer you the opportunity to participate as an Absentee Presenter. Absentee Presenters can: upload their narrated PPT to our website, have their abstract printed in the Conference Program Book, and have their paper published in the Conference Proceedings
- Non-Presenter (Listener): For those interested in attending to participate in the various presentation sessions.


Throughout the conference we will offer free workshops on general academic research skills, presentation skills, and academic writing skills. These workshops provide an excellent opportunity to sharpen your skills and to receive valuable feedback on your research.


All papers that meet the 21st Century Academic Forum's Conference Proceedings requirements will be published in our online Conference Proceedings (ISSN: 2330-1236). Papers must be submitted for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings by December 21, 2015. We purposely set the deadline for papers three months following the conference with the rationale that authors should use the feedback they receive at the conference in crafting their final drafts of their paper.

The Conference Proceedings will be published on March 21, 2016. The Conference Proceedings editorial board in turn works with the editors of our three peer-reviewed journals to select papers for possible publication in one of our three online peer-reviewed journals listed below.

- The International Journal of 21st Century Education (ISSN: 2330-1244)
- The International Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ISSN: 2333-9659)
- Journal of Language Learning and Teaching for the 21st Century (ISSN: 2333-9640)


Mr. Charles Fadel
Founder & Chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign
Visiting Scholar at Harvard Graduate School of Education

Mr. Charles Fadel is a global education thought leader, expert, futurist and inventor; founder and chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign; visiting scholar at Harvard GSE; Chair of the education committee at BIAC/OECD; co-author of best-selling book "21st Century Skills"; founder and president of the Fondation Helvetica Educatio (Geneva, Switzerland); senior fellow, human capital at The Conference Board; senior fellow at P21.org. He has worked with education systems and institutions in more than thirty countries. He was formerly Global Education Lead at Cisco Systems, visiting scholar at MIT ESG and UPenn CLO, and angel investor with Beacon Angels. He holds a BSEE, an MBA, and five patents.

Dr. Kimberly O'Malley
Senior Vice President, School Research
Pearson's Research & Innovation Network

Dr. Kimberly O'Malley is Senior Vice President of Pearson's School Research. She has worked 12 years for Pearson. In her current position, Kimberly coordinates the research and development portfolio for Pearson School through her leadership of the Research & Innovation Network. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/Measurement and Statistics from the University of Houston. She has a master's degree in Educational Administration, a bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Houston. She has published in journals such as Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, Applied Measurement in Education, New England Journal of Medicine, and Exceptional Children. She presents across the globe on innovative learning and assessment, with recent presentations to the China, Japan, and India Ministries of Education. Three research areas of interest for Kimberly are student growth models, setting performance standards, and the interpretation of assessment results.


Submission of your abstract proposal(s) should be made in English through our Online Submission System until the final deadline of July 24, 2015. The Conference Committee reviews abstract proposals on a rolling basis and authors will typically receive a decision within two weeks of your submission.

We hope that you can join us for this exciting international conference at one of the top higher-education institutions in the world. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requests.

Best regards,

Thomas Lechner, Ph.D.

Enquiries: info@21caf.org
Web address: http://www.21caf.org/3rd-conference-at-harvard.html
Sponsored by: 21st Century Academic Forum


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