London Education Conference Speakers Announced: What Works? Successful Education Policies, Resources and Technologies

London Education Conference Speakers Announced: What Works? Successful Education Policies, Resources and Technologies

OECD, Pearson and TES Global
Open one-day conference on how technology, policy and content may be most effectively applied to raise education standards

Tuesday 12th April 2016                  

Olympia Conference Centre, London

News for release, 10 March 2016, London: The International Publishers Association (IPA) and The London Book Fair (LBF) are delighted to announce the fourth edition of their successful What Works? Successful Education Policies, Resources and Technologies education conference will take place on Tuesday 12th April in association with The Publishers Association.

The conference will begin with a keynote address from OECD Analyst Francesco Avvisati on his report “Students, Computers and Learning”, with a response from Laurie Forcier, Head of Thought Leadership, Pearson, chaired by former UK minister and TES Global Chief Education Advisor, Lord Knight. Li Pengyi, President of China Education Publishing and Media Group will give the second keynote speech of the conference.

Top level speakers from major international agencies, education institutions and publishers from countries including America, Brazil, France, China, Germany, Mexico and The Netherlands will present throughout the day. Topics on the 2016 conference agenda include the integration of technology into the curriculum and the impact on resources; research on digital adoption in Mexico and its outcomes; and moving from textbooks to digital learning objects. A session has also been scheduled on digital issues which will cover data protection, privacy and cybersecurity. This year’s international panel of experts includes:

• Francesco Avvisati, Analyst, OECD (France)

• Jay Diskey, Chair, IPA Educational Publishers Forum (USA)

• Laurie Forcier, Head of Thought Leadership, Pearson (UK)

• Professor Eckardt Fuchs, George Eckardt Institute-textbook Research (Germany)

• Professor Mauricio Andión Gamboa, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, (Mexico)

• Professor Freferic Litto, Universidade de Sao Paolo (Brazil) • Lord Knight, Chief Education Adviser, TES Global (UK)

• Li Pengyi, President of China Education Publishing and Media Group (China)

• Eric Razenberg, CEO, Thieme Muelenhoff (The Netherlands)

• Michael Ross, Senior Vice President, Britannica Digital Learning US and EMEA, Encyclopaedia Britannica (USA)

• Job Vos, Senior Counsel, Kennisnet Foundation (The Netherlands)

• Rt Hon David Laws, former Schools Minister (UK)

Simon Juden, Programme Coordinator, International Publishers Association, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve managed to attract such a strong line-up of speakers for “What Works”. Over the day policy makers, publishers and teachers will be looking at what the evidence tells us about educational resources and learning outcomes around the world, and how we can all work together in changing circumstances to ensure the right quality of materials is available within schools.”

Orna O’Brien, Conference Manager, The London Book Fair, added: “The education sector remains at the forefront of digital innovation as it seeks to find the most effective ways to raise education standards. “What Works” attendees will have the opportunity to listen to education experts share their experiences and lessons learned, as they lead the way in making this a reality. The event has become one of the highlights in our conference calendar and I’m sure it will be a very informative day.”

The programme is fully managed and operated by The London Book Fair and programmed by the Education Publishers Forum of the IPA.


Date: Tuesday 12th April 2016

Venue: Olympia Conference Centre, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

Price: £299+VAT (Until the 18 March) £99 delegate rate is offered for persons from a not-for- profit and public sector organisations

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The Conference pass provides delegates with access to a day of learning, culminating in a networking reception, as well as entry to all three days of The London Book Fair.

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Notes to editors:

THE LONDON BOOK FAIR, OLYMPIA, LONDON: Tuesday 12-Thursday 14 April 2016


The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2016, the 45th Fair, will take place from Tuesday 12-Thursday 14 April 2016, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the third year, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a seven day programme. London Book and Screen Week will begin on Monday 11 April. For further information, please visit:

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