1st International Conference On Student Participation

Student participation in higher education: Moving from theory towards practice

  • When?
  • 28th - 29th October 2024

  • 30th October 2024

  • Where?
  • University of Córdoba

    (Córdoba, Spain)

  • Pablo de Olavide University

    (Seville, Spain)

The participation of the students has been a constant in all major processes of educational and social transformation and is one of the most powerful vectors for progress towards an egalitarian and inclusive society. In a context of great progress in terms of cooperation and integration of students’ participation in higher education systems, it is key to delve into new models of democratic governance and to open new approaches focus on students’ participation in four dimensions: governance and management; academic and quality; social, cultural and athletic; equality and inclusion.

The 1st International Conference on Student Participation seeks to address all the dimensions in which student participation develops and can develop within higher education institutions, with a multilevel and multi-stakeholder approach. Therefore, we invite all stakeholders and enthusiasts of students’ participation in higher education to participate in the first edition and submit proposals.

The conference format

The face-to-face conference will take place over three days, October 28th - 30th 2024, in English, in Córdoba and Sevilla. The conference will cover four dimensions of students’ participation:

  • Governance and management

  • Academic and quality

  • Social, cultural and athletic

  • Equality and inclusion

Multilevel dialogues and Key-note lectures will also take place, as well as a social program.

Submission of Contributions

We invite contributions from participants to submit a proposal for a paper and/or experience:

  • A paper refers to a presentation delivered by one or more authors. Paper presentations may be done alone or together with more papers in a panel session.

  • An experience refers to an initiative, project or good practice from any stakeholder in Higher Education related to students’ participation that may be shared in a panel session.

Session proposal format

Information marked with * will be published in the conference program if your proposal is accepted.

  • Session title*: this should succinctly reflect your proposed topic.
  • Abstract*: a succinct description of the session to allow delegates to assess whether it will meet their needs (maximum 150 words).
  • Presenter(s)*: name of speaker (and co-speakers if appropriate), your e-mail address, name of institution, country.
  • Category*: choose the dimension of students’ participation where your proposal fit.
  • Proposal format: Paper or Experience. Please include here details about materials and other specific details you may need (maximum 100 words).
Submit your proposal


Authors who submitted a proposal for the 1st ISPN Conference will be cordially invited to submit their proposal as a contribution for the Publications Book of the Conference.

Important dates

The deadline for abstract submissions is July 31st 2024. You will be advised no later than August 8th 2024 of the decision on your proposal. If your proposal is accepted you will receive a template to prepare your presentation. For further information, please send a message to conference@ispn.info

April 2024
  • Conference Registration Starts

June 2024
  • June 30th.

    Deadline for abstract submissions

July 2024
  • July 8th. Notification of acceptance

  • July 15th.

    Publication of provisional programme

  • July 30th. Early-bird registration Ends

  • July 31st.

    Extended deadline for abstract submissions

  • July 31st.

    Publication of provisional programme

August 2024
  • August 8th.

    New date for notification of acceptance

  • August 15th.

    Early-bird registration Ends

September 2024
  • September 15th. Publication of the final program

October 2024
  • October 21st. Regular Registration Ends

  • October 28th-30th.

    1st International Conference on Student Participation


Retrato de Manja Klemencic

Manja Klemenčič

Researcher, teacher and advisor in studies of higher education at Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University

Retrato de Paco Oliva

Paco Oliva

Rector of the Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Retrato de Manolo Torralbo

Manolo Torralbo

Rector of the Universidad de Córdoba (España)

Retrato de María Antonia Peña

María Antonia Peña

Rector of the Universidad de Huelva and president of Crue-Student Affairs

Retrato de John Boretto

John Boretto

Rector of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina)

Retrato de Dante Haro

Dante Haro

University Ombudsman and President of the Iberoamerican Network of Ombuds in Higher Education

Retrato de Grace Franco

Grace Franco

Coordinator of the Global Student Forum's working group on indigenous students

Retrato de Iris Kimizoglu

Iris Kimizoglu

President of the European Students' Union

Retrato de Alfonso Campuzano

Alfonso Campuzano

President of the Coordinadora de Representantes de Estudiantes de Universidades Públicas (CREUP)

More speakers coming soon!

More speakers coming soon!

Fees and registration

The registration fee covers coffee breaks, lunches, gala dinner (28th) and travel between Congress venues. Starts in Cordoba, ends in Seville.

  • University students from the hosting institutions

  • University students

  • PhD Students and Members of NGOs or Education-related organisations

  • Researchers and Members of Higher Education Institutions

Early Bird (before August 15th)
Regular (August 16th till October 21st)
  • 15€


  • 40€


  • 100€


  • 200€


Students accommodation

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students may stay in a university lodging (28th - 30th) for a total cost of 35€. The cost includes staying for two nights (28 and 29) and two breakfasts (29 and 30).

You may see its location here.