Past ACE Conferences

The Asian Conference on Education (ACE) is IAFOR's longest established and best attended event, bringing together delegates from many different national, cultural and linguistic backgrounds to present new research and exchange ideas. This exceptional platform welcomes speakers and delegates working in any area of education, from academics and theorists to policymakers and practitioners, in both the private and public sectors, for challenging debate and stimulating discussions around the latest concepts and newest approaches.

IAFOR's conferences are encouraging and nurturing environments where ideas can be shared and tested, where research synergies and collaborations can be formed, and where some of the biggest names in the field have the opportunity to interact with up-and-coming faculty members.

IAFOR’s education conferences are organised in partnership with some of the world’s most reputable institutions, including Birkbeck, University of London (UK), University of Sussex (UK), Waseda University (Japan), Moscow State University (Russia), Barcelona University (Spain) and Virginia Tech (USA), and feature programmes developed by leading academics to ensure both timeliness and academic rigour.


November 28 – December 02, 2022

Held at the Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan (and Online)


November 25–27, 2021

Held online from Tokyo, Japan


October 31 – November 02, 2020

Held online from Tokyo, Japan


Conference Theme: “Independence & Interdependence”

October 31 – November 03, 2019 | Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan


Conference Theme: "Surviving and Thriving: Education in Times of Change"

October 13-15, 2018 | Toshi Center, Tokyo, Japan


Conference Theme: "Educating for Change"

October 19-22, 2017 | Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan


Conference Theme: “Education and Social Justice: Educating for Equality Within and Across Borders”

October 20–23, 2016 | Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan


Conference Theme: “Education, Power and Empowerment: Transcending Boundaries”

October 21–25, 2015 | Art Center of Kobe, Kobe, Japan


Conference Theme: “Transforming and Changing Education: Individuals, Communities, Societies”

October 28 – November 2, 2014 | Osaka International Conference Center, Osaka, Japan


Conference Theme: “Learning and Teaching in Changing Times”

October 24–27, 2013 | The Ramada Osaka, Osaka, Japan


Conference Theme: “Learning and Teaching Through Transformative Spaces”

October 24–28, 2012 | The Ramada Osaka, Osaka, Japan


Conference Theme: "Learning and Teaching in a Globalized World"

October 27–30, 2011 | The Ramada Osaka, Osaka, Japan


Conference Theme: "Internationalization or Globalization?"

December 2–5, 2010 | The Ramada Osaka, Osaka, Japan


Conference Theme: "Global Problems, Local Solutions"

October 24–25, 2009 | The Ramada Osaka, Osaka, Japan