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1st Annual Meeting on the European Certificate for Intercultural Learning Professionals (ECILP)

Date: Time: 10:00 Location: DZ1

Tilburg University, March 7, 2023, 10:00 to 18:00

Conference Topic

The European Certificate for Intercultural Learning Professionals (ECILP) aims to enable recognition, transparency and comparability of qualifications and learning outcomes of IC (intercultural) service providers (i.e., IC trainers, advisors and coaches) through developing and establishing a framework of binding professional standards, regulations for the accreditation process and a self-assessment tool for IC providers.

In the conference, the framework and the road to its development will be shared. Participants can contribute to considerations about the future of the intercultural learning profession, and will also be able to get a sneak peek at the assessment centre and provide feedback on how it works.

The purpose of ECILP is to offer transparent, evidence-based, comprehensible and reliable guidelines for decision-making to clients, learners, IC service providers and institutions offering intercultural training qualifications. The regulations and self-assessment tool will provide information about the level of current qualification and guidance for achieving accreditation.

The project is funded by the European Union (Erasmus KA2, # 2020-1-DE02-KA202-007583).


09:00-10:00  Reception and Coffee
10:00-10:15   Opening [Michael Bender]
10:15-10:30 Introduction: ECILP and SIETAR [Christiena Kirchhoff]
10.35 -11.20 The need for professional standards [Ype H. Poortinga]
11:25-12:15 The road to ECILP [Bettina Strewe]
12:15-13:15 Lunch

Marrying Science and Practice in ICC Training [Ursula Brinkmann, Oscar van Weerdenburg, & Verena Ohanian]

14:15-14:30 Coffee break
14:30-16:00 Workshop: Future of the Intercultural Learning Profession [Gary Thomas & Simona Fabellini]
16:00-17:00  Tryout session: What would be my certification level? Self-assessment in ECILP. [Łukasz Kłapa, Michael Bender]
17:00-18:00 Networking drinks ('borrel')

Time and location

The program will start with a reception at 09:00, and will be opened at 10:00.

Coffee and lunch is provided, and the program is concluded by a networking drinks (‘borrel’, closing at 18:00).

The conference will take place in DZ1 of the Dante building (see campus map). Tilburg University can easily be reached by public transportation or by car.

Registration and Information

The conference is supported by the European Union, allowing for free registration until February 26.

Registration form

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