Call For Participation

Call for Participation: Present at the World’s Premier Conference on Thinking

The organisers of the International Conference on Thinking 2020, invite you to participate in this ground-breaking and innovative conference. Practitioners, professionals, researchers, students and anyone with an interest in how “Thinking to transform societies”, are invited to submit an abstract to the Selection Committee for acceptance to present at ICOT2020. Join the event to create change and awareness with some of the best thinkers in the world!

ICOT2020 will follow a transdisciplinary approach with a core focus on education. The other strands are business (entrepreneurship), sport, health (mental health), environment and society. Participants can choose to contribute in a range of formats, such as presentations, shared presentations, workshops, round tables and posters. Full-length papers are also encouraged.

Submissions are especially sought that investigate or relate to the main conference theme of ‘Thinking to Transform Societies’ and one or more of its related sub-themes:

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


A poster presentation is designed to allow the presenter to have a static image of text and graphics describing a description of programs, their activities, other creative work completed in the field, or preliminary findings from research or published papers. Work being submitted in a poster format must lend itself well to visual displays and representations. These sessions allow for engagement in informal discussions about the work with interested delegates throughout the conference.

As this is an interactive conference, it is expected that at least one author of the submitted poster will register and attend the conference to be available to discuss the poster with fellow delegates during scheduled timeslots.

Poster proposals should include:

  • Title
  • Significance of the topic/issue/problem to the conference themes
  • Originality of the work
  • Expansion of the topic/issue/problem
  • Conclusions or results


A paper presentation refers to an ongoing project, program evaluation, policy evaluation or a developed academic topic. Paper presentations will represent the majority of submissions accepted for the conference. Q&A sessions will follow all presentations.

Presentation proposals should include:

  • Title
  • Significance of the topic/issue/problem to the conference themes
  • Originality of the work
  • Expansion of the topic/issue/problem
  • Conclusions or results

Shared Presentations

These will be discussions or demonstrations of practice amongst two or more presenters in a similar field, open to feedback from the audience. The programme organisers will match presenters if needs be.


A workshop is an opportunity for a group of interested delegates to be engaged in intensive discussion and activity on a particular topic. A workshop can feature educational material with a particular focus on emerging trends, promising practices, applied research or replicable programs. In addition to building new knowledge, workshops can educate delegates on particular skills that can be used in a practical setting. These sessions may be structured in a form of a crafted panel, dialogue or debate, case studies or interactive activities.

Workshop proposals should include:

  • Title
  • Description of workshop: objectives, goals and expected outcomes
  • Proposed workshop format and activities


A symposium provides a structured format to a group of experts wanting to present on a common topic. Topics addressed in symposiums will be theme and topic specific and at a more comprehensive level with multiple speakers providing their opinions, viewpoints and experiences. Topics can include global, country level or regional issues, the development and outcomes of interventions and examples of similar projects or programs working in different regions.

Symposium topics should engage the conference audience in critical reflection and discussion on key issues. These structured formats will provide delegates with the opportunity to hear from multiple experts on a key issue, to interact with presenters and ask questions relevant to the topic area.

Symposium proposals should include:

  • 4 – 5 speakers
  • Q&A follows all presenters
  • All speakers contact details, biographies and photos submitted with the abstract

Each symposium to be submitted under one theme or sub-theme.

Full-length papers

Full-length papers should include the following:

  • Abstract
  • Significance of the topic/issue/problem to the conference themes
  • Originality of the work
  • Research questions
  • Conceptual framework
  • Methodology
  • Data collection and analysis procedures
  • Results and discussions
  • Conclusions and recommendations

ICOT2020 Full-length paper submission

Full-length papers will be published in the conference proceedings, which will be formally published with an ISBN number. Papers will be double-blind peer reviewed. 

Please note the following deadline dates for full-length paper submission:

  • Abstract submission: 28 February 2020
  • Abstract acceptance notification: 20 March 2020
  • Author registration: 25 April 2020
  • Full-length paper submission: 15 May 2020

Papers should not exceed 25 pages. Please observe the following requirements for the full-length papers:

  • MS Word documents only
  • Font: Times New Roman; Font size: 12; Spacing: 1,5 line spacing
  • Margins: 2,5 cm all round
  • Referencing technique: Harvard method only
  • All manuscripts should be proofread and edited before submission.

Abstracts of 300 – 350 words need to be uploaded via the website. Full-length paper submissions, not exceeding 25 pages, need to be sent to

Additional submission notes

The selection committee reserves the right to propose alternative presentation formats. Successful authors will be required to register for the conference in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final programme. Conference organisers will not cover any costs related to the presentations as ICOT conferences are non-profit.

Key Dates

Call For ParticipationDeadlineRegistrationDeadline
1st CFPuntil 17th January, 2020Early Bird until 3rd February, 2020
2nd CFPuntil 20th March, 2020Regular until 6th April, 2020
3rd CFPuntil 15th May, 2020Lateuntil 12th June, 2020