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Annual Conference

The COBIS Annual Conference is for Heads, Governors, Proprietors and Senior and Middle Leaders from schools around the world, including COBIS member and non-member schools.

Each year, the popular COBIS Annual Conference is attended by senior leaders from international schools worldwide, education businesses and suppliers, as well as regulators, investors, and representatives of global ministries of education. 

This year, the 42nd COBIS Annual Conference was attended by more than 500 delegates, exhibitors, speakers and guests from schools in more than 50 countries. 

The 42nd COBIS Annual Conference was held in London, 11-13 May 2024. We were excited to move to a new, central London venue: etc. venues 155 Bishopsgate, near Liverpool Street Station. 

42nd COBIS Annual Conference
Louder Than Words
11-13 May 2024
etc.venues 155 Bishopsgate
London, UK

The theme of last year's conference - Leading Learning for a New Paradigm - invited participants to think about how we evolve our pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, pastoral care, and educational structures to prepare young people to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Building on last year's theme, the 2024 COBIS Annual Conference - Louder Than Words - challenged participants to explore and commit to meaningful action and practical steps to move the sector forward on education redesign, wellbeing, sustainability, and more. 

Annual Conference Sponsors

We are grateful to Cambridge - Headline Sponsors of the 2024 COBIS Annual Conference.


Cambridge works with schools worldwide to build an education that shapes knowledge, understanding and skills. Together, we give learners the confidence they need to thrive and make a positive impact in a changing world. 





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Previous COBIS Annual Conference 

More than 500 in-person and virtual delegates, speakers and exhibitors took part in the 41st COBIS Annual Conference, 6-8 May 2023, in London, UK. Conference delegates included representatives from schools in 60 countries worldwide. To view photos and programmes from past Annual Conferences, please visit the Previous Conferences section of our website. 

previous conferences

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Ahead of the 40th Annual Conference, we asked our schools to comment on what the conference theme meant to them. Watch the video on the right.