The IPA and The London Book Fair announce programme for second international education conference

What Works? returns to LBF with European Commission, Microsoft, OECD, World Bank and WIPO speaking

Building on the success of the inaugural conference last year, the International Publishers Association (IPA) and The London Book Fair (LBF) are delighted to announce the speakers and themes for the second edition of What Works? Successful Education Policies, Resources and Technologies, which will take place on Thursday 10 April 2014. This year’s line-up includes keynote addresses from Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO and Pablo Zoido of OECD.

The conference, which is programmed by the IPA, and is in association with The Publishers Association, will provide an open-minded look at educational outcomes with top-level policy makers from government, international agencies and major organisations. They will debate how technology, policy and content may be most effectively applied to raise educational standards, based on current global trends and practical experience from wide-scale projects. There will be expert input from countries including the United States, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Korea, The Netherlands, Turkey and the UK. The two keynote speakers are:

• Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) – who will explore the interaction between copyright and education in the 21st century
• Pablo Zoido, Analyst, The PISA Team, Directorate for Education, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – examining the implications of the latest PISA scores

Other expert speakers include:

• Michael Trucano, Senior ICT and Education Policy Specialist, THE WORLD BANK
• Ricardo Ferreira, Policy Officer, Open Educational Resources, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
• Professor Eva Matthes, AUGSBURG UNIVERSITY
• Jakob Harder, Deputy Director, Agency for IT and Learning (UNI●C), MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, DENMARK
• Alfons ten Brummelhuis, Head of Research, KENNISNET
• Emrah Özpirinçci, Managing Director, OUP, TURKEY
• Sunshik Min, President, YBM, KOREA
• Christina Preston, Professor of Educational Innovation, UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE
• David Langridge, Development Director, Worldwide Education, MICROSOFT
• Professor Jeffrey Brand, Communication and Creative Media, BOND UNIVERSITY, AUSTRALIA

José Borghino, Policy Director of the International Publishers Association, said: “Education publishers have always been at the cutting edge of innovation, whether technological or pedagogical. But they also need to maintain a place at the heart of the current policy debates and be acknowledged for what they are: primary stakeholders in the education process. The ‘What Works?’ conference will give pointers to where educational policy might go next. It will give participants a chance to hear and analyse the major players’ perspectives from around the world. And it will offer insights into the forces for change – political, technological, pedagogic and financial.”

Orna O’Brien, Conference Manager, The London Book Fair, added: “Many of the most exciting digital innovations are now happening in the education sector, so we are delighted to be able to provide a forum for educational publishers and policy makers to share their knowledge, opinions and experience in what should be a highly productive day.”

The event is fully managed and operated by Reed Exhibitions, and programmed by the Educational Publishers Forum of the IPA.

For the programme and speaker information, please visit:

Date: Thursday 10 April 2014
Venue: Earls Court Conference Centre, London, UK
To book, please go to:
Prices: £299 + VAT, Early Bird, ends 28 February 2014
£399 + VAT, Standard, from 1 March 2014
Special delegate rate: £99 + VAT delegate rate is offered for persons from not-for-profit and public
sector organisations.
All delegates receive free entrance to The London Book Fair, 8-10 April 2014, with their conference pass, providing conference attendees the opportunity to meet with educational and children’s publishers, as well as visit the Tech area in Earls Court 2 to find out more about the latest products available.