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Second Call for Papers (August 15, 2021 - October 31, 2021)
At the 2nd International Athens Conference ‘Play on Early Education’, we welcome Presenters from Greece and around the world to come and share publicly their experiences of Play on Early Education. We do really hope traveling in April 2022 will be feasible around the globe!
If you are an early education teacher; if you own a preschool, a nursery or a forest type provision with an emphasis on play; if you work in play or playwork; if you design play spaces; or have any other type of expertise or interest in the field of play, you are most welcome to submit your paper and be invited to present it publicly and share your stories with us.
The Conference will consist of five assemblies, each with a keynote and a number of papers on a linked theme. Papers submitted should associate with one of the following broad categories but must maintain the relationship to play:
1) Play and the digital realm
a. The good and bad of using digital technology as part of education; Age-appropriate use of cell phones, tablets, computers; how to use digital technology to enhance teaching
2) Play across cultures
a. How does play appear in your culture? Do different places in the world view play differently? How does an understanding of play impact on the delivery of education in the early years? How is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child [particularly articles 31 and 28] supported?
3) Playing with risk and uncertainty
a. Risk taking in play; considering emotional as well as physical risk; uncertainty and resilience
4) How play can change a school culture
a. How has an emphasis on play affected the institution? What happens in an early education setting that is devoid of play and how to change that; the impact of play deprivation on a school curriculum
5) Miscellaneous
a. Interesting stories, research, practical approaches about play in early education that don’t fit into any of the other themes.
Whilst we ask for papers, we are also very interested in receiving proposals that will present the subject in less formal and more interactive ways.
Submitted papers may also relate (but not be limited) to one or more of the following subjects:

• Play and neuroscience
• Play in times of crisis
• Play filled responses to Covid-19 in early years education
• Play in rural v’s urban spaces
• How using resources in novel ways sparks creativity
• Play and art
• The physical environment that supports play
• Too much adult presence?
• Developing democratic setups in early education. Allowing children to take full ownership of their preschool life
Practical Workshops
In the 2nd International Athens Conference about ‘Play on Early Education’, we will have a ‘pre-day’ on the Wednesday, before the official opening, where we invite you to offer practical workshops for delegates to take part in. These workshops should last 45 minutes – 1 hour and provide opportunities to think about opportunities that can be taken back into settings to support children’s play and learning.
Athens is also beautiful in Spring! The conference will be held downtown, so it is a fantastic opportunity to combine your presenting at a top-class international conference on play with visiting one of the most historic cities in the world.
The second round for submission of papers is between 15th of August 2021 and 31st of October 2021. Selected presenters will enjoy a discounted participation fee.
All proposals should be submitted in an editable document [such as Word, Google docs etc] and emailed to:
Early Bird ticket period with full refund (May 1st - October 31st)


The Early Bird ticket period for 2022 Athens Play Conference bearing a special all-inclusive price of 195 euros, opened on May 1st, 2021 and will last up to October 31st, 2021.

It's normal for many of you to think that international travelling within 2022 may still be uncertain, due to the pandemic conditions. Well, in such a case we commit for a full refund of any fees you may have paid. But if you want to secure your position in a world-class play earlyed event at the best possible price, plus to enjoy a magnificent springtime in Athens, now is your chance.

So, click here to book your seat before it's gone! Remember that 2022 Athens Play conference will take place between 27-30 April, 2022.

Reviews from 2019 conference participants
The 2019 conference received great reviews from people that participated! Click here to read some of them.

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