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Call for Papers: The 11th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications: EISTA 2013

We would like to inform you that we extended until April 18th, 2013 the submission deadline for this last Call for Participation in the following co-located events to be held in Orlando, Florida, USA, on July 9-12, 2013:

Notification to authors and camera-ready deadlines are provided at the conference web site. Other co-located events, with the same submission deadlineare the following:

  • The 7th International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics: IMSCI 2013
  • The Summer 3rd International Conference on Design and Modeling in Science, Education, and Technology: DeMset 2013
  • The 6th International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation: IMETI 2013
  • The 10th International Conference on Cybernetics and Information Technologies, Systems and Applications: CITSA 2013

With the purpose of fostering Inter-disciplinary Communications participants registered at any conference or symposia can attend any sessions of the co-located events. Registered participants will also receive a CD containing the proceedings of all co-located events, and will have a password to access any virtual session of these events, so they can comment the papers presented at any of them. Submissions for Face-to-Face or for Virtual Participation are both accepted. Both kinds of submissions 1) will have the same reviewing process, 2) the accepted papers will be included in the same proceedings, and 3) authors of the best 20%-25% papers will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics with no additional costs, i.e. the respective Article Processing Charge will be waived for them. Authors of the best 25%-30% papers presented at the conference (including those presented via virtual participation) will be invited to extend/adapt their papers for their respective publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (JSCI), with no additional cost. JSCI has been 1) indexed by EBSCO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and in Google Scholar; 2) listed in Cabell Directory of Publishing Opportunities and in Ulrich's Periodical Directory; and 3) Full versions of all published articles are permanently archived in WebCite. Details about the following issues have also been included at the conference web site (link given above):

  • Pre- and post-conference virtual sessions
  • Virtual participation
  • Two-tier reviewing combining double-blind and non-blind methods
  • Access to reviewers’ comments and evaluation average according to eight criteria
  • Waiving the registration fee of effective invited session organizers
  • Best papers awards

We would also like to inform you about a conference with similar topics to the Orlando's collocated conferences that will be held in Porto, Portugal on June 30 - July 6, 2013 (International Conference on Complexity, Cybernetics, and Informing Science and Engineering: CCISE 2013) Deadlines are displayed at the conference web site.


Transformative Learning

Click here for details of the Paulo Freire Online Course Package »

Our courses are aimed at activists and organizers working for social change, and thus we try to provide courses that are as affordable and accessible as possible.

The Freire Institute We offer a model of learning which is not dry and academic but is based upon sharing our experience and using the 'social knowledge' that we all have. In this model of learning we can all become both co-learners and co-teachers.

This social (or 'experiential') knowledge is combined with various analytical tools and frameworks provided by group facilitators. This adds valuable 'analytical' content to our knowledge.

Finally, we test our knowledge and experience through action - practical involvement in the process of community and social change. People's community involvement becomes the raw material for their learning.

Our Courses

We currently offer the Paulo Freire Formation Programme as a comprehensive introduction to Freire's approach and its application through social analysis. You can also study aspects of the social economy and community organizing.  All of these courses are delivered online, although the Paulo Freire Formation Programme also includes an option to attend a Summer School (the "Intercultural Formation Meeting") in Part II.

Alternatively, if you are interested in workshops (one to five days), either in-house or at Burnley, click here; or if you are interested in university courses offered by the University of Central Lancashire, click here.

Our principal programme.  The Paulo Freire Formation Programme is an in-depth course in social analysis and popular education methods for full training in Freirean tools and approaches. This course is aimed at those who are committed to working for social change.

The 'social economy' refers to the sector of the economy which is neither state nor privately owned, including co-operatives, social enterprises and nonprofit organizations.  We also use the term 'solidarity economy', which goes much further.  It implies economic activity for social justice, and is often seen as providing an alternative to capitalism.

Courses in Community Leadership are currently available at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). New programmes in Community Leadership and Community Organizing will be introduced by the Freire Institute later this year.

If you would like to discuss whether any of these courses would be suitable for you, please contact us.