The 9th IEA IRC in Dubai wraps up today with closing remarks looking toward the future.
The last day of this year's IRC started with an exciting panel on environmental awareness data from TIMSS moderated by IEA Executive Director Dr Dirk Hastedt, with TIMSS experts Prof Ina V.S. Mullis and Dr Michael O. Martin from IEA's TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College sharing their perspectives. This insightful panel was followed by a captivating keynote speech on the applications of artificial intelligence in educational testing and international assessment by Prof Matthias von Davier, also from IEA's TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College.
The morning sessions addressed several relevant topics for education systems globally, such as shaping policy and practice around educational disruptors, and identifying impactful practices in education.
As on every day of the 9th IRC, attendees had the opportunity to learn more about IEA studies and publications, with today's spotlight on International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS).
Networking opportunities included an exhibition booth by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), as well as a session in which participants could connect with IEA data experts, Dr Sabine Meinck and Dr Rolf Strietholt.
Following a wonderful social lunch together, Dr Hastedt closed the conference with words of thanks to our host, UAE Ministry of Education, for going above and beyond to make us feel at home in the UAE. Dr Hastedt then extended an invitation for attendee education researchers and practitioners to come together again 28 - 30 June 2023 in Moscow for the 10th IEA International Research Conference, which was officialized by a personal invitation video from Sergey Kravtsov, Minister of Education of the Russian Federation.
Why come together again? As Dr Hamad Al Hammadi from the UAE Ministry of Education put it in his speech at the closing ceremony today:
Without the data you are just another person with an opinion.
A big thank you goes to all our participants, both on-site and online! We hope to see you at the 10th IEA IRC in Moscow, 28 - 30 June 2023!