The outbreak of COVID-19 and the responses of governments around the world and in South Africa, have made it inevitable for the 2020 International Conference on Thinking (ICOT), scheduled for 15-18 June, to be postponed. Due to the 2021 ICOT, the next in the series, having already been set to take place in Australia, South Africa will organise its rescheduled ICOT in 2022. The new date will be announced in due course. For more information please see the attached letter

Any enquiries about the 2020 ICOT and its 2022 replacement should be directed to the Conference Secretariat as follows:

Ms Asanda Bukula:         asanda@osiba.co.za

Ms Nkoti Seloane:           nkoti@osiba.co.za

We look forward to welcoming all currently registered delegates and speakers, plus many more, to a memorable ICOT in 2022. Wishing everyone safety from COVID-19.

Best regards,

The 2020/2 ICOT Organising Committee

”The International Conference On Thinking is the premier ‘go-to’ event for leaders in education, business, healthcare, civic society and sport. Experts and practitioners in learning, neuroscience, and cognitive development will share their latest research and make practical suggestions for multi-disciplinary application. The intent of this conference is to make the world a more thoughtful place.”  — Arthur L. Costa, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento


We would like to welcome you to the International Conference on Thinking 2020 to be held in Ekurhuleni from 15 – 18 June, 2020. ICOT 2020 is for practitioners, researchers, academics and theorists to provoke, challenge, reflect, learn and discuss development around the topic of thinking and its application to solving global problems to create a better world. As one member of the Standing Committee put it:

”ICOTs are not just conferences about problems very worth thinking through; ICOTs are conferences about thinking – how it works generally, how it works in different fields and contexts, how it can be improved, how it weaves into so much that we do politically, economically, educationally, industrially, etc.”

​ICOT 2020 will follow a transdisciplinary approach with a core focus on education. The other strands are business (entrepreneurship), environment, health, sport and society. The theme of this conference is ‘Thinking to transform societies’ with the following sub-themes:

  • Teaching for better thinking: engagement, impact and innovation
  • Fostering an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Breaking from poverty: creating, imagining, innovating
  • Promoting an ethic of care towards a sustainable future
  • Exploring African ways of thinking.


First time in Africa

Being hosted in Africa for the first time, ICOT2020 will showcase to the world, thinking and the development thereof in an African context, and its contribution to shaping the progress of societies around the world. In keeping with the ICOT ethos, ICOT 2020 will be multi-disciplinary, both in content and speakers. Speakers will be drawn from South Africa, the African continent and the rest of the world.


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Our Venue for ICOT 2020

Destiny International Conference Centre, Ekurhuleni


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