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Experiments in Physiotherapy Education Unconference #2

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting the second In Beta Experiments in Physiotherapy Education Unconference on the 14th and 15th September at HAN University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. We are currently finalising plans, and will let you know more details and open registration soon.

The second In Beta unconference will build on the brilliant experience that we had at HESAV in Lausanne in May 2019 for our first face to face event. We will be continuing to experiment with alternative approaches to the standard conference format, with a focus on creating a friendly and inclusive environment in which conversations and ideas can flourish.

The Unconference format

At an Unconference the agenda is set by those who are attending, which means that there are no selected speakers and everyone is an active participant contributing their knowledge and experience. We won’t have a list of speakers telling you about their projects for 15 minutes, or a selection of posters arranged near the coffee tables. Instead, everyone who attends can suggest ideas relating to physiotherapy education that they want to discuss and we will vote as a group to decide which ones to begin working on.

We will abide by the 4 rules of unconferences:

  1. Whoever shows up are the right people
  2. Whatever happens is fine
  3. Whenever it starts is the right time
  4. It is over when it’s over

The purpose of the unconference is to:

  • Facilitate meaningful interaction between all attending delegates.
  • Stimulate all delegates to think about aspects of their teaching practice and share their reflections with others in the collaborative development of shared teaching sessions / resources.


We are working on our plans for the unconference format over the two days, reflecting on how to build on what worked well last time and thinking about what might improve it. The main sessions will be organised as an unconference, providing space to share ideas with the goal of moving the conversation in physiotherapy education forward. You will be invited to bring any teaching and learning challenges, innovations and ideas for physiotherapy education that you would like to discuss with you.

We might try some parallel sessions taking a different approach to learning through conversation. If you have any other ideas for facilitating discussions and sharing ideas that you would like us to try please let us know!

One of the absolute highlights of the first unconference was eating together and socialising as a group. We will arrange venues for evening meal on the Sunday night before the unconference and an evening meal and social event on the Monday night after the first day of the unconference that will be open to everyone to join

Travel arrangements

The Health Sciences campus of HAN University is in Nijmegen in the Netherlands. Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands. If you are coming from Amsterdam you should factor in about 1.5 hours for travel on public transport.

One of our criticisms of international conferences is their large carbon footprint. Whilst we are committed to using digital technology to replace unnecessary travel, we believe that the benefits of coming together to learn from each other in a dedicated space can make the journey worthwhile. We would however ask you to consider using forms of transport with a lower carbon footprint and offsetting your emissions where possible.

We have scheduled the Unconference to take place just after the ER-WCPT and ENPHE congress on physiotherapy education in Leuven so that delegates travelling from further afield could consider attend both events without requiring additional flights.


Registration will open soon, in the mean time if you have any questions, please use the contact form below to get in touch.

Please consider downloading one of the promotional flyers below and sharing with your own networks.

The bird street art photograph is by Sjoerd Bijlsma of a mural in Nijmegen by Collin van der Sluijs and Super-A