Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture

Dedicated to Teaching and Learning in Today's Global Classroom

THE 2016 CONGRESS "Call for Abstracts, Proposals and Presentations"

We are now accepting proposals for the 15th Annual Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture, 1-2 December 2016.  

The deadline for abstracts has been extended to 29 June 2016.

We welcome presentations in all disciplines and on every level of education and business.

The theme is: “Voices of the Future: The sound of many languages and nations in partnership”

The congress will focus on living and learning in the years ahead.  For example, where will we find ourselves in 10 or 20 years? How do we get ready for a world we cannot see or even imagine? How can we work together toward a common purpose and still retain our individuality?

In addition, what are the practical ways we can prepare students and people for tomorrow? What do we teach them today and what will they need to know to face the years ahead? Most of all, what can we do collectively to improve the quality of life, living and learning throughout the world?

You are encouraged to send an abstract of no more than 150 words by email (no attachments, please) to Dr. Bruce C. Swaffield at or fill in the form on the Registration page.     

We invite proposals in all fields and disciplines, especially the following:

• Humanities
• Communication Arts
• Social Media
• Intensive English and ESL
• Film and Cinema
• Education and Teaching
• Agriculture and Biodiversity
• Cultural Heritage
• Multiculturalism and Diversity
• Business and Management
• Engineering
• Math and Computer Science 
• Social Sciences
• Physical and Life Sciences
• Fine and Applied Arts
• Health Professions

Please note that this year's Worldwide Forum will be limited to no more than 36 presentations.


All sessions this year will be conducted once again at the University of Washington Rome Center, just off the Campo de Fiori in the true heart of Rome.  The Center is located in the historic Palazzo Pio, which has its origins deep in Ancient Rome.


The cost of registration will be $225 (USD) or €200 (EUR) per person, which includes all registration materials, coffee breaks, receptions and meals.      


Please see a list of hotels, ranging in price from economy to expensive, on the Lodging page. 


Review the annual Journal of the Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture
(2013) (2012) (2011)  (2010) (2009).  This juried publication is published each year and we welcome manuscripts on all subjects related to international education and multiculturalism. Those who attend the congress also will be invited to submit a paper to the Official Proceedings. Access proceedings from previous years (2011) (2010) (2009) (2008) (2007) (2006) (2005) (2004) (2003) (2002 in print only).  Note:  Due to plagiarism of articles from our publications Lucia Buttaro no longer is associated with the Worldwide Forum.  


In 2002, the Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture hosted its first meeting at
John Cabot University in Rome. With a focus on improving education throughout the world, 30 professors from five countries met to exchange ideas and perspectives on diverse methods of education. Since that time, the Worldwide Forum has grown to include dozens of scholars and professionals representing 28 nations. 

Six years ago, the Worldwide Forum released its first volume of work under the title Education Landscapes in the 21st Century: Cross-Cultural Challenges and Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives. This 450-page book, which contains highlights from the first six years of the organization’s proceedings, was published by Cambridge Scholars Press in the United Kingdom. A second volume, Global Encounters: Pedagogical Paradigms and Educational Practices, was published four years ago.


Each year a minimum of five scholarships are offered. These awards cover the full cost of registration, but do not include a stipend for travel. lodging or other expenses.  Any individual who is a graduate student or beginning professor may apply. Candidates who demonstrate a financial need also are considered. Please submit an explanation for applying for a scholarship along with your abstract.  


The Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture is partnering with the International Committee for the Development of People (CISP), a non-governmental agency based in Rome, to help with the newest initiative: the Ethiopia Project, which provides various classroom supplies for schools in the Liben region. Monetary donations may be made in care of the Worldwide Forum or directly to CISP.