Welcome to the ICO Spring School 2024

We would like to invite all ICO Members to ICO’s 12th national networking event: the ICO National Spring School, on 18-19 April, 2024, at Utrecht University.

  1. Networking event
  2. PhD candidate presentations
  3. ICO fellows and alumni: our discussants and chairs
  4. Registration and deadlines
  5. Registration Fee
  6. More information

Networking event

The ICO National Spring School is a biennial, two-day networking event for all ICO Members: PhDs, fellows, associate and senior fellows and alumni. During this event, ICO members can meet, mingle, and learn about the projects of other ICO members, while the PhD-candidates can practice their presentation skills in a safe environment.

At the ICO National Spring School, you can

  • learn about new developments in educational sciences during the presentations of the PhD-candidates;
  • meet kindred research spirits during the Meet-your-Theme Group-session;
  • and informally catch up with long lost colleagues at the conference dinner.

During both days a lunch will be offered.

We suggest you to stay in a hotel nearby to be present for the full programme and the NSS Dinner on Thursday evening. In due time, we will provide you with some information of available hotels and hostels in the area in case you need to find yourself a place to stay.

PhD candidate presentations

The focus of the National School is on the ICO PhD-candidates. PhD’s will present their project, either in a Junior Presentation (for 1st and 2nd year candidates) or in a Senior Presentation (3rd or 4th year candidates). The Junior Presentation can be either a Poster Presentation, or a Round Table Session. The Senior Presentation is a Paper Presentation.

For all presentation sessions it is required to send in a paper and an abstract 1 March 2024 at the latest. All papers will be accepted automatically. Send in your paper and abstract using the submission form.

More information about the different presentation types and how to prepare for the sessions can be found on the website, on the pages on Presentations.

ICO fellows: our discussants and chairs

While the PhD-candidates are presenting their work, all attending ICO alumni and (associate, emeritus & senior) fellows will have a role either as chair of a session, or as a discussant. Of course, we will try to give all fellows the opportunity to be present as an auditor at the presentations of the projects they are involved in themselves, either as a promoter or as a supervisor. If you have any special wishes regarding the presentations of your PhD-candidates you want to attend, please let us know, using your registration form.

Registration and deadlines

  • Registration is open from medio December until 1 March, 2024.
  • Send in your paper and abstract 1 March at the latest, using the submission form
  • Do you want to be present, but cannot attend both days? No problem! You can also register for just one day.

Registration Fee

Day programme:

  • no fee

NSS conference dinner, Thursday, 18 April:

  • max. € 60.00 (including drinks)

More information


We would strongly recommend attending the ICO National Spring School to all our members. As a PhD, if you are not yet ready to present your work, or if you have already done so in previous years, you are warmly invited to join us as an observer in order to meet people from the ICO network, and to learn from all presentations, discussions and workshops. Be aware that no ECTS are awarded to PhD members who attend the Spring School as observer.


On Friday morning we will organise several workshops. All visitors to the National Spring School can attend the workshops. There will be room for ca. 20 people in each workshop. More information about the workshops can be found on the page “Workshops” in due time.

Special session

Meet Your Theme-Group-session: The aim of this session is for the theme group coordinators to meet with PhDs and fellows with a research interest in a specific theme. It is an informal meeting where you can shortly meet face-to face to inform each other about the courses offered within ICO by the theme group as well as discuss what kind of workshops would be of interest for future courses or ICO’s International School.

More information on the various ICO Theme Groups can be found on the ICO Website.

We are looking forward to meeting you all again!

The organisation committee,

Anna Isahakyan (UM)
Benthe van Wanrooij (UvA)
Caroline Vonk