Date: 22-04-2024

ISSA Conference 2024 Call for Proposals: Open until 13 May

ISSA Conference 2024 Call for Proposals: Open until 13 May

ISSA Conference 2024 co-hosts and partners invite those interested to submit proposals for presentations, workshops, and sessions that align with this year's theme: It Takes an Early Childhood Ecosystem for All Young Children to Thrive. Interested applicants should fill in the submission form here before 13 May 2024.

The Conference Program Committee will announce selected proposals on 10 June 2024.

ISSA Conference 2024 theme and strands

This year's theme emphasizes the need for a systemic approach in these disruptive times, highlighting the interconnected factors affecting young children's lives and calling for collaborative efforts from all stakeholders to ensure every child has the opportunity to thrive.

Three strands invite discussions on speaking out for systemic change, moving towards systemic change, and deliberating about systemic change. You can read more about the conference theme and strands here.

How can you submit a proposal?

To submit your proposal, fill in the form here. Application forms must be submitted in English and completed in one sitting.

Why present at ISSA Conference 2024?

ISSA’s conferences, attracting over 400 participants from more than 50 countries, offer an unparalleled platform to explore themes of early childhood development, fostering a shared understanding and collaborative approach to the challenges and opportunities ahead.

This year’s conference will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria on 23 & 24 October 2024. It will be preceded by a diverse range of pre-conference workshops, taking place in parallel on 22 October, and optional site visits and sightseeing tours will be organized on 25 October. The conference will also mark ISSA’s 25th anniversary as a learning community devoted to Early Childhood Development, and the 30th anniversary of the Open Society Foundations’ Step by Step Program, upon whose legacy and resulting network ISSA continues to build. 

Learn more about Sofia, access practical information about the event, and find the conference program at

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