September 5-7, 2018 Tallinn, Estonia

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The next annual conference of ICEM will take place in September 5-7, 2018 in Tallinn University. Tallinn is a capital city of Estonia, a tiny EU member country on the coast of the Baltic Sea, close to Helsinki and St.Petersburg. Come to Tallinn and see how medieval old town lives in harmony with one of the world's most advanced digital societies and digitally innovative schools that are among the best in Europe according to OECD PISA study!

Digital Turn in Education

​The full list of topics will be published soon in the Call for Proposals. An initial set of ICEM 2018 conference topics is: 

  • digital innovation and change management in schools

  • whole-school policies and best practice in BYOD

  • e-textbooks and the next generation digital publishing services in educational domain

  • e-assessment and e-exams

  • digital competences of students and teachers

  • digital learning ecosystems

  • learning design and learning analytics


  • Overview

    The annual conference of International Council of Educational Media (ICEM) is a meeting place for researchers and practitioners in the field of educational media and technology enhanced learning. ICEM is one of the oldest associations in the field, being established by European ministries of education and UNESCO in 1950. The ICEM 2018 conference will take place at Tallinn University on September 5-7, 2018. The conference programme will include presentations of research results and best practice, hands-on workshops, poster session, industry track and school visits.

  • Local Organizer

    Tallinn University is the youngest and most dynamic university in Estonia, focusing its research and study programmes in six domains: educational sciences, social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, digital technology, fine arts and media, sports and health sciences. TLU is the third largest public university in Estonia with 9 000 students and more than 500 academic staff.

    Centre for Educational Technology (led by Dr. Kairit Tammets) is a R&D unit within the School of Digital Technologies, Tallinn University. CET is the largest research goup in the domain of Technology-Enhanced Learning in the Baltic region, its staff consists of 25 researchers, incl. 5 researchers from abroad: Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Ghana etc.

  • Keynote speakers

    • Heli Aru-Chabilan, CEO of HITSA foundation
    • Panagiotis Kampylis, senior researcher at JRC Seville
    • Mark West, associate project officer in the section for Teacher Development and Education Sector at UNESCO

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  • Conference Organization

    Conference chairs:

    • Dr. Otto Benavides, past president of ICEM, Emeritus Associate Professor of California State University in Fresno
    • Dr. Mart Laanpere, senior researcher at the Centre for Educational Technology, Tallinn University

    Program chairs:

    • Dr. Terje Väljataga, senior researcher at Centre for Excellence in Educational Innovation, Tallinn University
    • Dr. Eva Dobozy, senior member of the Curtin University teacher education team
    • Dr. Hannah Gerber, Associate Professor in Digital Epistemologies and Literacies in the Dept. of Language, Literacy & Special Populations at Sam Houston State University

    Industry track chair: Dr. Anita Stangl, CEO of MedienLB Gmbh

  • About ICEM

    ICEM was founded in 1950 with the intent of promoting and developing educational media and its use in a variety of pedagogical fields. Since the very beginning ICEM has strived to advance both pedagogy and technology - from the 16mm films of ago to the digital and interactive content of today. Sixty years on and ICEM continues to fulfil its goals as a non-profit, non-governmental organisation which is highly active and renowned in the field of educational media and technology. Its individual and institutional members constitute a unique combination of technology experts, both public and independent commercial media producers, scientists in the field of media pedagogy, school administrators, and even ministries.


  • Call for contributions

    Five types of contributions are invited:
    Full papers: research reports, up to 15 pages
    Short papers: best practice sharing, up to 5 pages
    Workshops: 1-2 pages summary 45/90 min interactive activity (computer labs and iPads are available)
    Posters: 1-2 pages
    Demos: 1-2 pages

    Download CfP
  • Important dates

    Check out the important dates

    • Submission deadline for abstracts (500-800 words) and workshop proposals (1 page) through EasyChair: March 31 (passed), 2018
    • Submission deadline for full/short papers, posters, demos (): May 28 (extended, final), 2018
    • Submission deadline for camera-ready versions of full/short papers: June 30, 2018
    • Early-bird registration deadline: July 15, 2018
  • Submit your contribution

    We accept submission only through EasyChair system (click on the link below).

    If you do not plan to submit a short or full paper to research track, your abstract, poster or demo will be published in online proceedings by Tallinn University (ISBN).

    Use Springer LNCS template for abstracts, workshops, posters and demos.

    Submit your contribution


Proceed to registration: REGISTER NOW


Registration fees:
Early bird (before July 15):
- PhD students (limited amount): 150 EUR
- ICEM members: 200 EUR
- regular participants: 250 EUR

After July 15:
- ICEM members 240 EUR
- regular participants: 290 EUR

School visit: 20 EUR
Conference dinner: 60 EUR
Social programme on Saturday: 10 - 50 EUR


Conference program

Tallinn, Estonia

-ICEM 2018 will take place at Tallinn University. Tallinn University is situated in the city centre of Tallinn, Estonia. The conference will be held in Astra (Narva mnt 29), the newest of the TLU campus buildings (take a virtual tour of the campus here). The Astra building is just a 10-minute walk from the medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Baltic sea.

Tallinn University - Astra Copyright Jaak Nilson (Visit Estonia)

How to get to Tallinn

By Air Travel

Tallinn Airport (Tallinna Lennujaam) is conveniently located at the edge of town. The city centre is only about 3 km away. A taxi ride from the Airport to the city centre (hotels or conference venue) should cost no more than 10 EUR. You should ask for the approximate price when entering the taxi and make sure the driver uses the taxi meter. It is also possible to take city bus no 2 (direction Reisisadam, bus stop #1, accessible from floor 0 of the airport) which will take you directly to the city centre (the stop is called Laikmaa). The cost is 2.00 EUR (cash only) for a single ride when bought from the driver.

By Ferry

Tallinn is well connected with Helsinki, Finland, via multiple ferries per day (travelling time roughly 2 hours) and with Stockholm, Sweden (departures every evening, traveling time 15 hours). All three Port of Tallinn passenger terminals (A, B, D - each serving different ferry companies) are close to Tallinn Old Town (a 10-20 minute walk) and Tallinn University. Terminal D can be reached on foot within 10 minutes from Tallinn University, other terminals are a 25-minute stroll away. More information can be found here. Bus no 2 departs from the A, B and D terminals to the city centre and airport (direction Mõigu) approximately every 30 minutes from 7AM until midnight. The price from the bus is 2.00 EUR. A taxi from the terminal to the city centre costs about 5-10 EUR.

By Bus

International bus lines (Lux Express and Ecolines) offer bus connections between Tallinn and many European cities. International (and domestic) bus lines arrive at and depart from Tallinn Central Bus Station. From the bus station to the city centre you can take a tram no 2 (direction Kopli) or no 4 (direction Tondi). The stop at the city centre for both trams is called Hobujaama.

What to do in Tallinn & Estonia

Visit Tallinn official website

Visit Estonia official website


To accommodate conference participants, a number of rooms have been reserved at hotels from among which every participant should find a suitable option. Taxes and breakfast are included in the room rate.Given the fact that the number of rooms available in individual hotels is limited, the accommodation will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. When making reservations, please remember to add booking reference code in order to avail of the special price offered by the hotels. Please note that prices might be higher due to a great demand.

Park Inn by Radisson Central Tallinn

Address: Narva mnt 7C, 10117 Tallinn

Park Inn Central is ideally located right between Tallinn University and Old Town, both are within 7 min walking distance from the hotel. The hotel is ten minutes on foot from the Port of Tallinn and 3 km from airport. See also:

Special ICEM rate: 95 euros/night/single and 105 euros/night/double (Rates are inclusive of VAT, buffet breakfast, WiFi).

For booking, please use the this link.

To make a reservation via e-mail, please send a letter to Do not forget to use the password ICEM2018.

Tallink City Hotel

Address: A.Laikmaa 5, Tallinn, Estonia

Located in the heart of Tallinn, in close proximity to shopping centres and within just a few minutes’ walk from the Old Town (10 min walk to University). See also:

Special ICEM rate: 124 euros/night/single and double (Rates are inclusive of VAT, buffet breakfast, WiFi).

For booking, please contact Do not forget to use the password ICEM2018.

Tallink Express Hotel

Address: Sadama 9, Tallinn, Estonia

Tallink Express Hotel is located at the passenger harbour, only 10 minute walk from the Old Town and 15 minute walk from the University. See also:

Special ICEM rate: 79 euros/night/single and double (Rates are inclusive of VAT, buffet breakfast, WiFi).

For booking, please contact Do not forget to use the password ICEM2018.