IB Global Conference Adelaide, Report from Steven Wishart

April 04, 2023

The recent IB Global Conference in Adelaide, was a fantastic opportunity to once again connect with the broader IB community. The conference attracted approximately 1200 educatiors from across the Asia Pacific region and beyond. The conference was served by outstanding key note presentations and engaging break out sessions throughout the event. It was great to see such a wide uptake across Association schools. The Association was prominent throughout, providing workshops and hosting meetings supporting the Australasia IB community. I'd especially like to thank David Boardman and Antony Mayrhofer for their active support throughout the conference and leading positive discussions both formal and informal. David hosted the Australasian Heads of School/Network Chairs meeting which included Director General - Olli Pekka Heinonen as part of a panel of key IB Directors. IB Heads of School and Network Chairs had the opportunity to table questions prior to the meeting. The panel answered most questions. Any unanswered questions will be addressed in writing to Australasian Heads or School and Coordinator Networks. Should you have any further questions that were not raised, please feel free to write to me directly. I will make sure that these questions are appropriately responded to. Given the quality of presentations, I would strongly encourage attendees to plan sharing sessions within schools so that key messages are shared with teachers. Once available, I will share links to presentations for schools in Australasia. IB Global Conferences provide outstanding opportunities for learning about updates, strategic planning, leading practice and networking. In planning for future Association conferences, I think there were aspects that will inform our strategy moving forward. The social aspect of the Conference was great, complimenting formal presentations and promoting networking, partnerships and collaboration. The next Asia Pacific Global IB Conference will be held South Korea in March 2024.