IPN2018 comes to Houston, Texas 17-19 Oct 2018
IPN2018 comes to Houston, Texas 17-19 Oct 2018
Bringing the World to Houston, Texas! IPN2018 17 -19- Oct, 2018 @ Space Center Houston.
 Bringing the World to Houston, Texas!IPN2018 17 -19- Oct, 2018 @ Space Center Houston. 

George W.S. Abbey

George Abbey, former Director of NASA's JSC will address delegates at IPN2018 at the Conference Dinner on Thursday 18th October.

Bonnie J. Dunbar 

Bonnie J Dunbar, Engineer and former NASA Astronaut will take part in a Panel Session looking at education/business collaboration in STEM.

Bill McArthur

Bill is a retired US Army colonel and NASA astronaut and a veteran of three SpaceShuttle Missions and one Soyuz Mission.

Matthew Duggan 

Matthew Duggan is the Mission Management & Operation Manager for The Boeing Company and leads operations and real-time engineering support for Boeing human spaceflight programs.

Chris Oughton

Chris will take part in a panel session focusing on

Developing the Future Workforce and how education/business collaboration can support this. 


Tone Standal Vesterhus

Tone  is the project manager for "Girls and technology", a project aimed at increasing the share of women in STEM education in Norway. She will also take part in a STEM focused Panel Session.

Why should you attend IPN2018? 

Fiona Knowles, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

In 2008 I received a request from my employer to attend and present at an IPN conference in Finland.  From the moment I walked into the conference I knew it was going to be an exceptional education experience for myself and my colleagues, and I was not wrong.
Since 2008 I have been fortunate enough to attend this conference every 2 years around the world, learning new things, creating international partnerships, working with those who I have meet in sharing and receiving information and research on projects from around the world.
Attending the IPN conference has enabled me to think big, think outside the square and utilise all the learning I have gained and place this into my current working practices with the assistance of the great people I have meet at these conferences.
The IPN Conference is an experience not to be missed, see y'all at Houston!

Cathy Belanger,  Canada

Every time I attended the IPN conference, I returned reassured that there are people around the world that understand how important it is to provide opportunities for youth to learn experientially. Building partnerships between schools and businesses has its challenges. Attending this conference refreshes my energy and I return ready to continue to be innovative in education. Lifelong friendships have resulted from attending the IPN conferences. Hope to meet you in Houston, Texas!

Sue Addison, The Skills Service, England 

Attending the IPN Network events has brought a new perspective to our work.  It is wonderful hearing about and being inspired by projects around the world.  One thing I learnt at my first conference was how similar the skills issues are whatever continent we look at.  As The Skills Service we network extensively in the UK but this has helped us build not just networks internationally but friendships too.  Importantly, the awards have given reward and recognition to our dedicated team here.

Sadly Sue passed away recently. Our thoughts and best wishes go to her family and friends. RIP Sue x

About the IPN

We are a Global Network of education, business and community partnerships. We offer a series of services to members and associates of our Network which enable partnership development, provide opportunities for collaborative learning through the facilitation of global networking and dialogue!

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ipnScotland is an independent Partnership based in Scotland which is, currently, the operational and Executive arm of the IPN.

In addition ipnSCOTLAND provides consultancy and delivery services for education projects and programmes in Scotland, the U.K. and beyond.

A Partnership registered and based in Scotland with a Local, National and International reach! 



IPN2018 and Global Best Awards 2018

Who can believe it's less than one year until we meet again in Houston, Texas for IPN2018!

IPN2018 will have the same themes as previous conferences; 

  • Youth Employability Skills
  • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Skills
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths





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