Introducing Limassol

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Introducing the Limassol conference 

The 17th annual AEA Europe conference will be held in Limassol, Cyprus at the St. Raphael Resort from November 3rd to November 5th 2016. The conference will be hosted locally by The University of Cyprus.

The theme of the conference is "Social and Political underpinnings of educational assessment: Past, present and future". Educational assessment policies and programmes develop within particular historical, political, economic and social contexts. The wide range of national and international educational assessments must therefore be viewed as complex socio-political phenomena. To analyse and comprehend how assessment programmes and policies evolve, it is important to reflect on how each assessment is shaped and transformed by social and political agents interacting at the national and international level.

Key note speakers are George Marcoulides from UCSB in the US, Dr. Gabrielle Kaiser from University of Hamburg, and Prof. Gudrun Erickson from University of Gothenburg. A final keynote speaker may be announced as the winner of the Kathleen Tattersall New Researcher Award. More information about the keynote speakers will be released shortly, and further information about the conference in general including key submission deadlines may be found on the 17th Annual Conference web pages.

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily and Sardinia, it is a modern country that combines European culture with ancient enchantment and is fortunate enough to be bathed in sunshine all year. The history of Cyprus is one of the oldest recorded in the world and its historical significance is disproportionate to its small size, with the first signs of civilisation date to the ninth millennium B.C. 

Limassol is one of the most populous cities in Cyprus as well as one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean. It's well connected to 2 major airports and only a bus ride from the capital of Nicosia. The city itself attracts tourists year round due to its beautiful beaches and wonderful countryside, as well as major attractions such as The Castle of Limassol and the Sculpture Park. We hope you'll find a reason to see the sites once the conference formalities are over!

After the rousing success of the Glasgow conference and the plentiful feedback we've received from delegates, we hope this conference will continue to improve on our previous efforts, and meet your ever-rising expectations.