Highlights from the 16th ASEF Classroom Network Conference

Published on November 22, 2023

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Educators and professionals from across Europe and Asia gathered in the picturesque city of Ljubljana, Slovenia, from November 12-15, 2023, for the 16th ASEF Classroom Network Conference. Hosted by the International Research Centre on AI under the Auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI) and supported by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, this annual event was a success: it brought teachers together, facilitated the creation of new partnerships, answered some questions about AI in education and uncovered many new and important ones.

Theme: Leading Change in the Era of AI

This year’s conference centered around the theme “Leading Change: Digital Transformation of Education in the Era of AI.” With the goal of empowering educators with essential insights, competencies, and strategies in Artificial Intelligence & Education (AI&Ed), the conference aimed to explore the intersection between the human and technological aspects of AI in education.

Key Topics and Discussions

1. Embracing Human-Tech Collaboration: Participants engaged in discussions on the harmonious integration of human and technological elements in education, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a balance.

2. AI Tools in Teaching: The conference delved into practical aspects, addressing pedagogical concerns, privacy, security, and ethical considerations when incorporating AI tools into teaching methodologies.

3. Understanding AI Mechanics: Attendees gained a deeper understanding of the mechanics of AI, exploring its creation and delving into the societal, ethical, and human implications it carries.

Global Collaboration and Exchange

The ASEF Classroom Network conferences have been instrumental in fostering global collaboration and exchange of knowledge. This year’s event brought together school principals, teachers, IT experts, and education professionals from 51 countries, providing a unique platform for the exchange of cutting-edge developments and the establishment of new research and business connections.

Hosted by IRCAI in Ljubljana, Slovenia

The charming city of Ljubljana set the stage for this year’s conference, offering a vibrant backdrop for the exchange of knowledge and ideas. Participants were treated to a warm welcome at the Town Hall of Ljubljana on November 12th at 7:00 PM, marking the beginning of several days of enriching discussions.

The 16th ASEF Classroom Network Conference was a testament to the commitment of educators and professionals to stay at the forefront of educational innovation. By focusing on the digital transformation of education in the era of AI, the conference provided valuable insights, strategies, and a platform for global collaboration. As the participants return to their respective countries, the ripple effects of this conference are expected to be felt in classrooms and educational institutions worldwide, contributing to the ongoing evolution of education in the 21st century.


Georgia DIP and AI Research Project

Georgia DIP and AI Research Project

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has published the digital innovation profile for Georgia, a document analysing digital innovation ecosystem in Georgia, focusing on the opportunities and challenges in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The document had been prepared with the collaboration of IRCAI experts.

In Person Meeting of the African Members of the NAIXUS Network of AI Researchers on AI and Development

In Person Meeting of the African Members of the NAIXUS Network of AI Researchers on AI and Development

The NAIXUS project (Network of AI Researchers on AI and the United Nations SDGs) convened a significant meeting during the Deep Learning Indaba 2023. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the progress of the project, share insights, and plan future actions to strengthen the network’s impact on advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through artificial intelligence (AI) research.

Workshop at the Deep Learning Indaba 2023: “Building a Global Network of AI Researchers on AI and the United Nations SDGs” 

Workshop at the Deep Learning Indaba 2023: “Building a Global Network of AI Researchers on AI and the United Nations SDGs” 

The International Research Institute on AI under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI) and its core members in the Network of Excellence NAIXUS; a multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at bridging the gap between AI and sustainable development hosted a meeting amd a workshop in Accra, Ghana. Both events were held as part of the Deep Learning Indaba 2023 Forum on September 8 and 9 and were co-hosted by the NAIXUS members from Africa.


International Research Centre
on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI)
under the auspices of UNESCO 

Jožef Stefan Institute
Jamova cesta 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana


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