Conferences and Events

Past Conferences

Decolonisation’ in Higher Ed Webinar

In collaboration with St. Mary’s University, this panel aimed to address the question ’What is decolonisation?’ As the panelists discussed, decolonisation involves the history of empire, domination, and the ongoing struggle for liberation. A key factor is highlighting marginalised and neglected stories. Decolonisation must use history as a tool to dismantle the current oppressive systems. Decolonisation looks at who, where, and what is taught to students in different parts of the world and why. 

This webinar was an excellent discussion about the way decolonisation affects students and why it is so important. The panelists also offered practical ways they would suggest to decolonise the education system as a whole, and within their own classrooms in everyday life.

This conference took place on 28 May 2021 at 11am BST

Rebooting STEM: New Era, New Curriculum Webinar

Changes in work patterns and environments stress the importance of soft skills such as adaptability, teamwork and communication. In addition to this prevailing trend, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for STEM graduates to be well rounded in these skills. Another neglected topic of STEM discussion concerns ethical conflicts and how to assign credibility to specific research.

This conference invited educators and members of the scientific community from different countries to discuss these aspects of the STEM field. The first panel, ‘Improving Soft Skills in STEM’, aimed to share the perspectives of educators about the importance of soft skills and promoted recommendations for their acceptance.

The second panel, ‘Ethics and Credibility in STEM‘, covered some of the limitations of science in response to an ongoing global emergency. The panel gave a platform for researchers to share their experiences regarding the public perception of science and and what steps might be taken to restore the public’s trust.

The conference took place online on the 2nd of June at 5:00 pm BST.

Teaching Tech to Gen Z 

“Teaching Tech to Gen Z” was PROWIBO first student-led event in collaboration The German School and LSEIdeas, where participants in education, tech and research examined the ways in which education needs to adapt to address the needs of Generation Z in a changing world.

The event was open to the public and presented two-panel discussions. Panel one examined the challenges and opportunities of ‘Teaching Tech’, while Panel two focused on the social and mental wellbeing of young adults in the digital age.

“Teaching Tech to Gen Z” took place on 18 May 2019 at the German School London.

Outputs is the event include a written report and conference video available through our website.

Higher Education In the Age of Transformation

Professors Without Borders hosted our first conference, Higher Education in the Age of Transformation, at London School of Economics on September 15th and 16th 2018.

In Partnership with the Gulf Futures Center, Higher Education in the Age of Transformation brought together key stakeholders and educators to discuss how higher education can cater to the pedagogical needs of Generation Z and prepare them to integrate the job market, either as successful employees or entrepreneurs.

The conference featured 28 speakers representing a variety of backgrounds and institutions. Outputs from the event include a written report and a conference video available to the public through our websites.

Improving Women’s Retention in Higher Education

This conference is part of the Women in Higher Education Initiative led by Tessy de Nassau and provides the ThinkTank with a chance to contribute to the wider discourse on reforming HEIs and directly influence university policy.  The conference is an online event split into two panels and will take place on March 27th, 2021. The first panel, ‘Improving Female Student Retention,’ moderated by Rachel Warnick, reflect on student experiences in academia and utilise those experiences to create universities’ guidelines to develop a safe and equal environment for their female students. The second panel, ‘Improving Female Faculty Retention,’ will be moderated by Jacqueline Akello and will strive to discuss policies that universities can implement to improve women faculty retention, based on the panellists’ personal experiences.

Women, Development and Higher Education

The 2019 Prowibo conference on Women, Development and Higher Education, in partnership with Srinikarinwirot University and LSEIdeas, was held on July 2 in Bangkok. The conference brought together stakeholders from education, NGOs, businesses and policymakers to address the difficult questions of reaching gender parity and the role that higher education has to play in this process.

The dialogue took a solution-oriented approach. Each session produced practical solutions with clear action points. Outputs will include a written report available to the public through our websites, and an edited volume that puts together the different aspects of the complex and fascinating challenge of shaping higher education for the future.

How to Dismantle Barriers Faced By Black Talent in Academia

In the UK, fewer than one percent of university professors are Black. In the United States, about ten percent of academics are Black, with the numbers thinning as you travel up the academic ladder. The numerical minority of Black academics has led to consistent exclusion, marginalisation, and a signal that their ideas are not equally valuable in academia. Such pervasive marginalisation of any group is detrimental to research and the academic experience for educators and students. 

The conference invited Black members of the academic community to shine a light on their higher education experience and share the impact of under-representation and discrimination on their research and career aspirations. The first panel, ‘Black In The Ivory: Understanding the Black Experience in Higher Education,’ aimed to identify and resolve discrimination issues in higher education institutions. The panel was composed of an array of higher education faculty from around the world.

The second panel, ‘Intersectionality: The Dual Barriers of Racism and Sexism, ’ examined how gender and race bias hinder academic progression. The panel featured women in a variety of occupations from three different continents.

The conference took place online on the 28th of August at 1400 BST.

Publishing in Academia – Improving Access Through Information

On the 31st of May 2021, ThinkTank Without Borders held a webinar on Publishing in Academia as part of the Access in Higher Education Initiative. The event aimed to improve opportunities and success rate for publishing in academia, particularly for under-represented academics in higher education.

The first panel, How to Publish and Where discussed the process of publishing as well as placed academic publishing within the wider political debate by bringing attention to some prevailing biases still rampant within the industry. The second panel, Tips and Tools for Academic Writing provided helpful information on how to meet the standards and criteria of publishing and also touched on some of the technicalities of writing.

The Mental Health Implications of COVID19

On the 25th of February 2021, Professors Without Borders hosted a webinar on ‘The Mental Health
Implications of COVID19.’

Speakers explored the different impacts that COVID19 could have on mental health, and how this can affect life on a larger scale. There were three presentations and a Q&A section which answered the queries proposed by the audience.

Panelists discussed their research and observations and were able to address the statistics surrounding mental health, solutions in the form of peer support, and the impact on healthcare workers in Sierra Leone.

This webinar was created by Yanoh Jalloh and inspired by the lack of discussion surrounding mental
health during the pandemic. The webinar aimed to draw focus on mental health, which is an ever-present
concern during COVID19

Higher Education in the Time of COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities of Online Learning

As Coronavirus spread around the globe in early 2020, universities retreated behind the screens. Higher education literally moved online, providing an opportunity to discover the joys of technology for some, a gruelling and impersonal experience for others, and something in between for most of us.

This event brought lecturers and students from around the world to share with each other the challenges each have faced in adapting to a new teaching environment. In the first panel, lecturers from universities in Asia, the Americas, Europe and Africa shared the difficulties they encountered, and how they expect to adapt to the 2020-2021 academic term.

The second panel addressed the students’ experience with online education, their expectations and hopes, and advice on how to successfully engage with online educational tools in a very competitive cyberspace.

The conference took place online on the 26th of June at 2:00 pm BST

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