On this page the Clearinghouse presents upcoming international and world regional conferences and events dealing with children, youth and media as well as calls for contributions to journals etc. Each item is briefly presented, together with information about the time and place of the event. Contact information for further details and/or a link to a web site is also available. The events are listed in chronological order.


20 feb till 4 jun

PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival 2017 - Call for Entries

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) invite youth to submit original and creative videos for the new edition of the PLURAL+ Film festival. Every year, this festival is organized in order for youth to show their opinion on migration, diversity and social inclusion.

In a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions, it is vital that youth are recognized as powerful agents of social change. PLURAL+ encourages youth to address key challenges and opportunities related to social inclusion and cohesion, migrant integration, respect for identity, diversity, human rights and xenophobia, both at local and global levels through video production. Young people aged up to 25 are invited to submit short videos of five minutes maximum in length for consideration in the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival.

See the PLURAL+ website for further information, guidelines, entry form etc.
Submission deadline: June 4, 2017

For more information:

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

21 mar till 10 apr

MILID Yearbook 2017 - Call for Papers

Theme: Media and Information Literacy in Critical Times: Re-imagining Ways of Learning

The Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Yearbook 2017 is currently seeking proposals of articles. The MILID Yearbook is a peer reviewed academic publication and a joint initiative of the UNESCO-UNAOC University Cooperation Programme on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue. The cooperation programme was launched in 2011 within the framework of the UNESCO University Twinning Programme (UNITWIN). The MILID University Network now consists of 19 universities from all regions of the world. The MILID Yearbooks 2013, 2014 and 2015 were published in cooperation with the Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research (NORDICOM) and since 2016 directly by UNESCO.

The objectives of the Yearbook are to:

• Strengthen and deepen the knowledge concerning MILID on global, regional and national
levels including in the frame human rights, dialogue, democracy and peace

• Widen and deepen the collaboration and exchange between academics and partners on
media and information literacy

• Visualize and stimulate research and practices within as well as outside the UNITWIN
Network in the field of MILID while promoting a more holistic perspective of MIL.

For detailed description of this year's theme, see below.

Submission deadline: April 10, 2017.

31 mar till 2 apr

Helsinki Finland

Metka EdTech Hackathon 2017

Metka EdTech Hackathon 2017 connects educators to Ed Tech in classroom. Metka EdTech Hackathon is a co-creative competition in one weekend. Its aim is to develop IT solutions to pedagogical challenges for real classroom challenges in connected learning. There is no entrance fee and the second working language is English. The main goal of Metka EdTech Hackathon is to hack the classroom to the next level!

26 apr till 28 apr

Luxembourg Luxembourg

“Children and Youth on the Net” - European Expert Conference on Youth and Digital Media

This conference brings together international experts who share the same goal—to monitor and understand the use of online media of the younger generations, to foster digital media education and to protect children and youths at cross-country levels.

To this end, participants will bring their expertise from the fields of academia, education, non-governmental associations, media companies, and politics. In three keynote speeches, World Café workshops and subsequent plenary sessions, participants will:
- exchange recent research findings, discuss research challenges and explore possible future cooperations in the field of data collection and analysis;
- experience hands-on workshops on media education and on online awareness raising for children and youths;
- identify current as well as future cross-sectorial projects.
Participants will learn about country-specific approaches and EU wide funding opportunities. Ultimately, the communicative and creative atmosphere of the conference will provide a unique opportunity for participants from various fields of action to expand their knowledge on the complex topic of children and youth online, foster new contacts and strengthen existing networks.

15 jun till 17 jun

Segovia Spain

Media Education Summit 2017

Now running for ten years, MES is convened annually by the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice  and is now an international event, hosted in Prague in 2014, Boston, MA in 2015, Rome, 2016. In 2018 the Summit will be hosted in Hong Kong. For 2017, MES forms a thread, in English, of the Third Conference of Media Education and Digital Competence (III Congreso de Educación Mediática y Competencia Digital) in Segovia (Spain)

Proposals are invited for MES DISCUSSIONS (from material provided during the online phase) or open forum MERJ EXPERIENCES related to original pedagogic / educational research in the broad fields of media education, media literacy education and media / technology in education..

Participants may choose to submit:

·         A written document between 1000-4000 words.

·         A slide show or poster presentation between 10-20 slides.

·         A 3-10 minute video.

·         Other electronic formats (apps, interactive media, etc.)

These electronic submissions should be sent to

Deadline for submissions: March 12, 2017.

Notification of acceptance: March 26, 2017.

For more information:

Centre for Excellence in Media Practice

30 jun 2017

Call for Submissions to Host World Summit on Media for Children 2020

The World Summit on Media for Children Foundation (WSMCF) is calling for tenders to host the World Summit on Media for Children in 2020. The Summit is a triennial event which was inaugurated in 1995 in Melbourne, Australia. Since then Summits have been held on all continents, with the December 2017 Summit being hosted by the BBC in Manchester, England.
Submissions will close on 30th June 2017 and should be sent to the Chair of the Foundation: Dr Patricia Edgar at
Enquiries may be sent to the same email.

4 jul till 6 jul

Sheffield United Kingdom

The Children´s Media Conference

The Children’s Media Conference is an important event in the UK for everyone involved in developing, producing and distributing content for kids. It opens  doors to delegates from television, radio, film, games, interactive media, magazine and book publishing, the licensing and toy sectors and the arts and culture sectors.

16 jul till 20 jul

Cartagena Colombia

IACMR 2017 - Media Education Research Section

The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) will held its annual conference from 16-20 July, 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia. IAMCR's Media Education Research Section invites proposals that reflect the the section's interest. Consult all the sections' and working groups' calls for proposals on the IAMCR 2017 website. The general call for proposals is also on the site in English and Spanish. Conference theme: "Transforming Culture, Politics & Communication: New media, new territories, new discourses"

For more information:


20 sep till 23 sep

Vienna Austria

Realities and World Building

The conference aims to emphasize and reflect the very acts of fictionalizationused to build fantastic worlds – in different media, and on theoretical as well as methodological levels.
Accepted Keynotes: Stefan Ekman, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Farah Mendlesohn, University of Stafford, UK.

For more information:

University of Vienna

21 sep till 22 sep

Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina

Media Meets Literacy in Sarajevo

Media literacy professionals from all over Europe will be gathering in Sarajevo in September 2017 to explore the huge challenges of our rapidly changing media world.

Given the tidal wave of information, disinformation, propaganda and lies that we have witnessed in the recent past, the Media Meets Literacy 2017 conference, organized by the Evens Foundation and partners, will have plenty to discuss.