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Trump, Brexit, climate change, new technologies, economic turbulence…

We live in an increasingly uncertain world in which things are changing fast.

What does it all mean for education and training? How should they adapt to meet the challenge of uncertainty? How can they help businesses and employers to cope with rapid and continuing change?

This year’s OEB, Europe’s leading conference on technology supported learning and training, will look at how rising uncertainty will affect education and the demands on it.

“Uncertainty has always been around,” says Rebecca Stromeyer, CEO of conference organiser ICWE GmbH. “Now though, there’s a feeling that we are living in very volatile and unstable times. There’s also a growing recognition that the pace of technological change means that nothing will stay the same for long. We have to expect uncertainty and plan for it.

“The theme of this year’s OEB is ‘Learning Uncertainty’ because people, companies and organisations will increasingly have to learn strategies to deal with uncertainty, as though they were learning a language or a science.

“We shouldn’t assume that uncertainty is always a bad thing either. It can be very positive too. It is the enemy of inertia and it can be the agent of innovation and creativity.”

OEB has launched a call for proposals and the conference organisers want to hear from anyone with ideas about how technology-assisted learning can help society meet the challenge of uncertainty, as well as how uncertainty may affect education and training in the future.

OEB 2017 will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin from the December 6 – 8, 2017. The conference is likely to attract over 2,000 education and technology professionals, entrepreneurs and policy-makers from over 100 countries. It will feature a full interactive programme of sessions and workshops, together with a major exhibition, showcasing the latest developments in technology-assisted learning.