Call for Presentations Open – Deadline 3 May.

‘Connecting People Places and Learning’

At the heart of the Scottish Government’s forthcoming Learning Estate Strategy is an ethos of working holistically and collaboratively to deliver the best possible outcomes for all learners and communities in Scotland. This year’s conference will explore the theme of ‘Connecting People Places and Learning’. It is an opportunity for everyone involved in Education from policy makers to educationalists, teachers children and young people to come together with those directly involved in creating great buildings to discuss how the built environment can support the best educational outcomes for our children and communities creating sustainable and inclusive growth.


The Scottish Government works in partnership with local authorities, public services, businesses, third sector partners and communities for the people of Scotland, and recent publications indicate the breadth of initiatives supporting this joined up approach.

National Performance Framework

aligning all public services for making Scotland a more sustainable country. Creating a fairer, wealthier, happier nation (May 2018)

Learning Together

best practice, and demonstrate your expertise that will help, and provide inspiration to education professionals for their upcoming/current projects

Place Principle

A collaborative, “place based” approach with a shared purpose to support a clear way forward for all services, assets and investments which will maximise the impact of their combined resources. (Nov 2018)

A Connected Scotland

strategy for tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections (Dec 2018)

Out to Play

connecting children to the outdoor natural environment (March 2019)

Conference Contributions

Building on the success of previous Education Buildings Scotland events, we are inviting proposals for presentations, workshops and exhibition material which will investigate, illustrate, demonstrate or celebrate the theme of “Connecting People Places and Learning”. These could relate to any part of the learning estate from early learning and childcare through primary and secondary schools, or into colleges, universities, CLD and beyond into other work or community spaces. Proposals could be based on initiatives within Scotland or further afield. They may relate to completed projects, newbuilds, refurbishments or temporary buildings, concepts in development, or potentially academic and technical research. Proposals may have a building component but could also be related to activities and practices which support the theme. Proposals are welcome from anyone including children and young people, educators, building operators, design consultants, contractors, academics or the wider community. Challenge and vision are welcomed, as is sharing of lessons learned and experience of good practice. Suggested topics could include:

Strategic synergies

  • International connections and lessons learned
  • Collaborative initiatives within and between councils
  • Multi service delivery models
  • Place based strategies

Community connections

  • All age learning/intergenerational
  • Community interaction
  • Learning towns and campuses
  • World of work learner connections

Curriculum collaboration

  • Curriculum area and peer collaboration
  • Visible learning
  • Indoor/outdoor connections
  • Digital and Technological learning opportunities

Environmental impact on learners

  • Inclusive and accessible design
  • Healthy learning environments: temperature, light, acoustics, smells, surfaces
  • Communications, graphics, wayfinding
  • Functionality and user experience

Technical teamwork

  • Whole life cost culture connecting design and construction with ongoing maintenance, energy use and low carbon emissions
  • BIM approach to link design, construction and operational digital information.
  • Construction innovations in materials, techniques, processes. Skills, training, careers.
  • Quality Chain to create and maintain end to end links to deliver quality buildings.