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European Best Practices in Education Award: Focus on Inclusive Education

I know several members of the awards committee this year, and was asked to share this broadly.

Best Practices in Education Award

2019 Edition
‘Inclusive Education’

Presented by Informatics Europe
Sponsored by Microsoft

Call for Submissions Now Open

Informatics Europe proudly announces its 2019 Best Practices in Education Award devoted to initiatives targeting Inclusive Education of different student groups such as the elderly, immigrants or people with functional diversity.

The Informatics Europe Best Practices in Education Award recognizes outstanding European educational initiatives that improve the quality of Informatics teaching and the attractiveness of the discipline, and can be applied and extended beyond their institutions of origin.

The Award rewards a successful teaching effort in Europe that:

  • has made a measurable difference in informatics education;
  • is widely applicable and useful for the teaching community;
  • has made a measurable impact in its original institution and beyond.

Examples of impact include course results, e-accessibility frameworks and techniques, such as guidelines or frameworks based on robotics; traditional and online courses, learners’ projects, textbooks, professional development, and influence on the curriculum of other institutions/countries. The initiatives are not limited to programming but include design and use of technology.

The 2019 Award is devoted to outstanding European educational innovations that address Inclusion in Informatics teaching in the classroom or beyond, at school or university level, or outside of institutions. Innovation maybe technology-based (for example using instructional technologies, MOOCs, learning analytics, etc.) or pedagogical. The Award honours original contributions that focus on innovative Informatics teaching practice toward Inclusion.

Experiences and reports showing how to use software or hardware tools in order to improve inclusion and learning in other disciplines than informatics will not be considered.

The Award is sponsored by Microsoft and carries a prize of EUR 5,000.


The Award can be given to an individual or to a group. To be eligible, participants must be located in one of the member or candidate member countries of the Council of Europe (, or Israel. Members of the Informatics Europe Education Working Group and of the Award Committee are not eligible.
The Award Committee will review and evaluate each proposal. It reserves the right to split the prize between at most two different proposals (individuals or teams).

Proposals should be submitted only at:

The proposal should include:

  • Names and addresses of the applicant or applicants;
  • Indication of whether the submission is on behalf of an individual or a group;
  • Description of the achievements (max 5 pages);
  • Evidence of availability of the outcomes of the initiative to the teaching community (max 2 pages);
  • Evidence of impact (max 5 pages);
  • A reference list (which may include URLs of supporting material);
  • One or two letters of support. The letters of support may come for example from school or university management, associations, or colleagues in the same or another institution.


  • Proposal: June 1, 2019
  • Notification of winner(s): August 1, 2019

The Award will be presented at the 15th European Computer Science Summit, in Rome, October 28-30, 2019, where a representative of the winning institution will be invited to give a talk on their achievements.

Award Committee:

  • Letizia Jaccheri, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway (Chair)
  • Michal Armoni, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Tone Bratteteig, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Sharon Lynn Chu, University of Florida, US
  • Michael Kölling, King’s College London, UK
  • Monica Landoni, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland
  • Gabriela Marcu, University of Michigan, US
  • Jan Vahrenhold, University of Münster, Germany

Further inquiries:

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