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 in the Kansai region of Japan 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.


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

The Asian Conference on Education 2015 (ACE2015), incorporating the inaugural ACE Undergraduate Research Symposium 2015 (ACEURS2015), was held alongside The Asian Conference on Society, Education & Technology (ACSET2015) from Wednesday, October 21 – Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Art Center of Kobe, Japan. This year’s conference enabled a wonderful union of interdisciplinary study around the joint conference theme of “Education, Power and Empowerment: Transcending Boundaries”, and provided the opportunity for delegates to pursue further research synergies and share in what was a truly global discussion.

As with our previous ACE/ACSET events, IAFOR was particularly fortunate to have a number of leading international experts within the education sector who brought with them a diversity and range of educational experiences and contexts, that inspired ideas and engagement from the delegates. IAFOR would like to thank Professor Eiko Kato-Otani, President of Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan, our ACE/ASCET2015 Keynote Speaker, Professor Tien-Hui Chiang (ACE2015 Featured Speaker & Featured Panel Chair) of the Graduate Institute of Educational Leadership and Evaluation, University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, Dr. Myles Chilton (ACE2015 Featured Speaker) of Nihon University, Japan, Dr. Yvonne Masters (ACE2015 Featured Speaker), Senior Lecturer in Professional Classroom Practice at the University of New England, Australia, and Dr. Jose McClanahan (ACE2015 Future Researchers Symposium Chair & Featured Speaker), Associate Professor of Spanish at Creighton University, USA. It was great to also introduce to our IAFOR audiences our two ACE2015 Spotlight Speakers, Dr. Lucy Bailey from the University of Nottingham, Malaysia, and Professor Craig Sower from Shujitsu University, Japan.

At our Japan-based IAFOR events we have always placed great importance on introducing cultural arts and practices into our events, and this year we were fortunate to be able to introduce a Featured Karate Demonstration into our programme. IAFOR would like to thank Sensei Marc Waterfield, Sensei Toshio Yagi and Sensei Hiroshi Nishioka from the All Japan Chito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation, as well as the expert teachers and students from Osaka’s Nishioka Dojo, who practice the Chito-Ryu form of the Japanese martial art.

The ongoing contribution and leadership provided by our Conferences Chairs and the Local Kansai Conference Committee is greatly appreciated by the IAFOR Advisory Board and the IAFOR management team. We would like to personally thank the following 2015 Co-Chairs, International Programme Directors and Local Kansai Conference Committee: Professor Sue Jackson, Professor Michiko Nakano, Professor Barbara Lockee, Professor Jose McClanahan, Professor Keith Miller, Professor Steve Cornwell, Dr. Robert Logie and IAB Chair Professor Stuart Picken, for their continuing support, guidance and expertise in making our 2015 Education Conferences a continuing success.


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

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

The Asian Conference on Education 2014 (ACE2014) and The Asian Conference on Society, Education & Technology 2014 (ACSET2014) were held at the end of October in 2014. More than 350 delegates from 40 countries were welcomed to Osaka, Japan for this enlightening set of conferences that discussed avenues and solutions to transforming and changing education.

The ACE2014 Keynote Speaker Dennis McInerney, Chair Professor of Educational Psychology and Co-Director of the Assessment Research Centre, Hong Kong Institute of Education, presented on “The Many Faces of Identity – Is identity a relevant construct for understanding and enhancing learning?” McInerney discussed how identity is constructed and how children can have their identities formed into that of learners through education.

IAFOR was pleased to welcome back Professor Keith Miller, Orthwein Endowed Professor for Lifelong Learning in the Sciences at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and member of the Executive Council of the International Advisory Board. Professor Miller gave a timely and interested presentation on “How will communities, societies, and education change because some machines are becoming individuals?” The ACE Featured Speaker this year was Professor Haruko Satoh, from Osaka University, Japan, who presented on “Crunch Time? Real Challenges in Internationalising Japan’s Universities” — an important topic both for Japanese educators and those abroad.

We were fortunate to have a number of very strong spotlight sessions at ACE/ACSET2014. Dr. Monty P. Satiadarma, Clinical Psychologist and Former Rector, Tarumanagara University, Indonesia, discussed “The Stockholm Syndrome in Families.” Dr. Bernard Montoneri, from Providence University, Taiwan, presented on “The Impact of Students’ Participation to a Facebook Group on Their Learning Motivation and Scores.” Professor Grant Black, University of Tsukuba, Japan, gave a spotlight presentation on “The Globalizing Process for University Education in Japan” and Professor Dave Towey, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), presented on “A Flipped Classroom Failure: Insights & Reflections.”

The conference team wishes to thank the extraordinary efforts of our conference chairs — Professor Sue Jackson (Birkbeck, University of London, UK), Professor Michiko Nakano (Waseda University, Japan), Professor Barbara Lockee (Virginia Tech, USA), Dr Robert Logie (Osaka Gakuin University, Japan) and Professor Keith Miller (University of Missouri – St. Louis). We would like to also thank all the delegates and audience members for making this such a successful event.


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

The Asian Conference on Education 2011 (ACE2011) was held in affiliation with Waseda University (Japan), Birkbeck, University of London (UK), The National Institute of Education (Singapore) and Tainan National University (Taiwan). ACE2011 attracted 250 registrants representing more than 40 countries, and more than the organizers expected in this difficult year for Japan. It was a great celebration of interdisciplinary study around the conference theme, “Learning and Teaching in a Globalized World” and IAFOR would like to thank our keynote speakers (pictured left), Professors David Aspin (Monash, Australia), Judith Chapman AM (ACU, Australia and the University of Cambridge, UK) and our featured speaker Dr Monty Satiadarma (Tarumanugara University, Indonesia).

IAFOR would also like to thank our conference chairs Professors Sue Jackson(London), Michiko Nakano (Waseda) and Liu Woon Chia (NIE) (pictured right), and programme adviser Professor Tien Hui Chiang for their continued academic support and guidance, as well as all the participants from around the globe. We look forward to building on this successes next year as we look to the future with hope and confidence.


Conference Theme: "Internationalization or Globalization?"

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

The Asian Conference on Education 2010 (ACE2010) was held from December 2-5, 2010 and was a great success. More than 400 participants from 37 countries around the world congregated in Osaka for the second conference on Education, in affiliation with the UK’s Birkbeck, University of London and Japan’s Waseda University. The conference was chaired by Professor Sue Jackson, Pro-Vice Master of Teaching and Learning at Birkbeck, and Professor Michiko Nakano, Director of the Distance Learning Center at Waseda. Both the Conference co-chairs gave keynote addresses related to Distance, Access and Lifelong Learning, one of the special themes of the conference, as did Vice Chancellor Mary Stuart of Lincoln University (UK).

IAFOR aims to make internationalisation in the university world a reality by encouraging academics throughout the world to forge partnerships across boundaries of subject discipline, creed and nationality. We were greatly encouraged to see the well-attended sessions challenge and inspire serious and challenging debate in a climate of mutual respect. We have every reason to hope that the conference will continue to grow in the future.

We would like to thank the keynote speakers, the featured speakers, and each and every participant for making ACE2010 a success. We would also like to thank our global academic partners and affiliates for their role in the conference, and last, but not least, the small team of volunteers who staffed the event.


Conference Theme: "Global Problems, Local Solutions"

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

The Asian Conference on Education 2009 (ACE2009) was held on the weekend of October 24–25, 2009 and was a great success. More than 400 participants from 37 countries around the world congregated in Osaka for the inaugural conference on Education, and IAFOR’s first event.

We would like to thank the keynote speaker, the featured speakers, and each and every participant for making ACE 2009 a success. We would also like to thank our global academic affiliates for their role in the conference, as well as our sponsors and exhibitors, and last, but not least, the small team of volunteers who staffed the event.