Panel Announcement: “Conference Responses: On-site, Online, and Uncertain Hybrid Futures”

The first plenary to be announced for The 7th IAFOR International Conference on Education in Hawaii (IICE2022) & The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities (IICAH2022) is a panel presentation titled “Conference Responses: On-site, Online, and Uncertain Hybrid Futures” from Dr Joseph Haldane of The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan, Inkar Alshimbayeva of Sony Corporation, Sweden, and Brian Aycock of Chuo University, Japan. The session will be moderated by Dr Michael Menchaca of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

The IICE/IICAH2022 Organising Committees are currently calling for papers to be presented at the joint event. Submit your abstracts by October 20, 2021 to participate.

To participate in IICE2022 as an audience member, please register for the conference.

The presentation will also be available for IAFOR Members to view online. To find out more, please visit the IAFOR Membership page.

IAFOR Journal of Education (Scopus Indexed Journal)

This conference is associated with the Scopus and DOAJ listed IAFOR Journal of Education.



Conference Responses: On-site, Online, and Uncertain Hybrid Futures

In March 2020, the IAFOR Board met in Nagoya to consider how the spring 2020 conference series due to be held in Tokyo could take place in the context of the coronavirus pandemic and increasing travel restrictions. The decision was made to go fully online, and with just a few weeks to go, the IAFOR team scrambled to innovate, devise and implement the systems which would allow the show to go on… online. In this meta panel, key decision makers within IAFOR will discuss how they did it, the hurdles they faced and continue to face online, as well as the opportunities provided by a completely flipped market. The future of conferences will also be discussed.

Speaker Profile

Dr Joseph Haldane

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Dr Joseph Haldane The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), JapanJoseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.

A Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance, Dr Haldane is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade (Serbia), a Visiting Professor at the School of Business at Doshisha University (Japan), and a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (USA).

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

Inkar Alshimbayeva

Sony Corporation, Sweden

Inkar Alshimbayeva Sony Corporation, SwedenInkar Alshimbayeva was a member of the IAFOR team for 3 years from 2018 to 2021. During these years she was responsible for handling all marketing communications related to promoting onsite IAFOR events. When the pandemic hit in early 2020, she was one of the IAFOR staff managing the transition of conventional onsite event operations to the online mode. Prior to joining IAFOR, she earned her Computer Science degree at University College London (UCL), UK. After completing her BSc, she was awarded a MEXT Scholarship (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan) to continue her education at Doshisha University in Kyoto, where she completed an MBA focused on Strategic Management and Marketing.

Currently, Inkar lives in Sweden and works at Sony Corporation where she is responsible for managing one of the online portals. In her free time, she enjoys studying Japanese and baking muffins.

Brian Aycock

Chuo University, Japan
IAFOR Research Centre, Japan

Brian Aycock Chuo University, Japan, IAFOR Research Centre, JapanBrian is an adjunct lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Chuo University, Japan, and a doctoral candidate at International Christian University (ICU), in Tokyo. In 2017, he earned his MA (Distinction) in Refugee Protection from the University of London. He is a Research Associate in the Refugee Law Initiative’s Internal Displacement Research Programme (University of London) and a Research Fellow at the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy. His current research lies at the intersection of environmental law, refugee law, and human rights law, as he investigates legal protections for persons displaced by climate change. He has spoken at conferences around the world, including Japan, India, the UK, and the US, among others, and has published articles on refugee law and internal displacement. In his youth, Brian served in the US military during multiple overseas operations, then joined the Peace Corps to work on economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. He later managed a refugee resettlement agency, assisting refugees as they arrived in the United States.

Dr Michael Menchaca

University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA

Dr Michael Menchaca University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USAMichael Menchaca is chair of the Department of Learning Design and Technology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. He specializes in distance education, and has designed, implemented, and coordinated online and hybrid programs for over 20 years. He serves as editor for the IAFOR Journal of Education: Technologies and Education Special Edition. He was an IT specialist for many years in the public and private sector. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of online learning, technology integration, and social justice with technology.

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