The International Virtual Exchange Conference (IVEC), which has attracted delegates from Europe, USA and beyond, was meant to take place at Newcastle University in September but due to Covid-19 it will now be completely virtual.
The conference will take place on the same dates, 14 to 16 September 2020, with organisers still keen for attendees to soak up the culture of NewcastleGateshead with virtual guided walking tours of the area, local music and even a pub quiz planned.
Virtual Exchange (VE) is a research-informed practice that delivers structured participatory education programmes to individuals from different cultures and communities around the world. All VE programmes are delivered in a structured way with the support of educators or facilitators.
This is the second conference of its kind following the inaugural IVEC event which was held in Tacoma, Washington, USA in 2019. NewcastleGateshead was originally chosen to host the conference thanks to Newcastle University’s expertise in the field of VE learning.
Paul Szomoru, Director of Business Events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “While we are disappointed that delegates will not get to experience NewcastleGateshead first-hand, it’s brilliant that IVEC will still be showing off the region virtually. Hosting the conference virtually is testament to the city’s position as England’s fastest-growing tech sector outside of London, as well as the impactful research coming out of Newcastle University.