Hosting future International Outdoor Education Research Conferences 


The International Outdoor Education Research Conference (IOERC) has traditionally been organised by a small international academic committee of invited members, and a local organizing committee. There is no constitution, no ongoing constituency, and no financing. Each conference is hosted by an institution, with the international academic committee agreeing by consensus on the next host.

The focus of the conference is outdoor education research with a particular emphasis on sociological and critical perspectives. We have avoided applied sessions for practitioners, providers and policy makers. The cycle has normally been for a conference to be held every 2 to 2.5 years alternating between Europe and Australasia; although the 7th IOERC is set to be the first in North America. Traditionally we have not had keynotes so as not to prioritise any one person’s research over anothers. We have also minimised the attendance of tradeshows, industry organisations and profit-making institutions.


The criteria for selecting an IOERC conference host include:

  1. An educational institution will host (and underwrite) the conference. The host will arrange and facilitate the meetings of the international academic committee to organise the conference.
  2. The hosting of the conference should have ‘no strings attached.’ The conference will not be bundled in with another conference, tied to a sponsor, or likely to be dominated by local interests.
  3. The individuals or teams proposing to host the conference should have a track record of involvement in past conferences.
  4. Ideally, individuals or teams proposing to host the conference will have been involved in the international academic committee for previous conferences. If not, they must be well-known by members of the international academic committee to ensure continuity with past conferences.
  5. The conference will ideally alternate between Northern and Southern hemispheres.
  6. The proposed dates will be suitable for a range of international attendees.
  7. The individuals or teams proposing to host the conference must be able to demonstrate the capacity and abilities to host the conference succesfully.


The impending IOERC conference website will contain details for potential hosts. Candidates will forward a one to two page written application for consideration by the International Academic Committee. They will also be invited to speak briefly to their application at the incumbent conference. The committee will discuss the applications and determine the next host by consensus with a decision announced before the end of the incumbent conference.

Tom Potter, Glyn Thomas and Søren Andkjær (2015-12-01)

For the 8th IOERC, host applications and any questions should be directed to either:

A decision will be made and announced at the 7th IOERC in Cape Breton (July 4-8, 2016)