Educators from across Europe and beyond met at the University of Applied Sciences in Kufstein, Austria, in late August for our latest and very successful conference on economics education. There were 85 participants from 19 countries. Most EU countries were represented and we also very much appreciated the contribution of colleagues from around the world, including USA, Canada, Japan, Taiwan and South Africa. The European Economics Education Conferences are noted for their conviviality, which comes from the relaxed organisation and well thought-out social programme. As in previous conferences, we had very good plenary speakers, interesting workshops and there was ample scope for informal networking.
The town of Kufstein is in the Austrian Tyrol. It is small and picturesque; circled by mountains and built around an historic Fortress, which controls a historic bridging point of the River Inn.
The University of Applied Sciences were perfect hosts. The conference took place in a new building with spacious meeting rooms with excellent audio-visual facilities. The university’s marketing department took part of all the domestic arrangements. Signage was good. There was good technical support. The catering was first rate, with delicious buffet lunches throughout the conference. The conference organisers even manage to arrange good weather, with sunshine throughout.
The conferences aim to update participants on current economic and business issues, to present and discuss new pedagogy and to share the findings of the latest research. The scientific content of the conference was of a high standard. Plenary speakers covered such important topics as: Euro Area Monetary Policy, Brexit and Immigration. In the workshops there was much attention to helping teachers make the most of Information Technology as well as many other topics (see the attached programme). University academics presented current research on economic education, including insightful analyses and critique of the PISA tests on Financial Literacy.
The parallel social programme included optional visits to a reception by the Lord Mayor of Kufstein, to Riedel glassworks followed by a wine tasting, a hike to a restaurant with splendid mountain views and a medieval conference banquet in the Fortress of Kufstein.
We are grateful to Brent Kigner and the team of local and AEEE organisers who helped in the preparation and execution of the conference, which was a most valuable and enjoyable experience.
It goes without saying that the AEEE is always on the lookout for ideas that will make future conferences better. For the scientific programme we have to work with the papers and workshops that are offered to us by participants. In fact only the plenary speakers are invitees. If you participated in the conference then do please post your photographs on the AEEE Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/145607098803006/
Also tell us about what you liked about the conference and what could be improved about the: content, catering, organisation, social and networking opportunities.