How to prepare for the ICCDPP Symposium

We are now making the last preparations for the 9th ICCDPP Symposium and are looking very much forward to welcoming you all to Tromsoe. With the event only a few days away, here are some tips for how to prepare.

Read the synthesis papers

The four synthesis papers are now finalised and published. To prepare for the table discussions, you should have a look at the description of the four themes and read the synthesis papers. 

To remind you of the symposium process: There will be four table discussions during the symposium, one for each theme. We have prepared questions to structure the table discussions, and the output of the discussions will feed into the communiqué. The last day, you will sit in country teams to discuss how to move forward after the symposium.

Take a look at the agenda

The agenda can be found here. We are happy to welcome six very interesting speakers: two keynote speakers from the OECD and Norway, and four catalyst speakers from India, Finland, Canada and South Africa. You can read more about the speakers here. We are also happy to welcome Tom Erlend Skaug, the state secretary from the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, who will open the Symposium.

During the symposium, there will be a panel discussion with representatives from five international organisations: OECD, ETF, CEDEFOP, The European Commission and UNESCO, moderated by Spencer Niles (USA). You will also get more insight both in how the Nordic countries and Norway are working with lifelong guidance.

You can look forward to a hopefully pleasant and interesting social programme. We invite you to a welcoming dinner on Monday evening (19.00-21.00). On Wednesday we go out of town on a beautiful trip to Sommaroy, a picturesque coastal village that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The last evening, we invite you to a Symposium dinner to celebrate the 9th ICCDPP symposium. We really hope you will enjoy it!

Like/follow the Symposium facebook page

During the Symposium, we will use this facebook-page to share updates, pictures and information on what is going on. This allows you to follow the event online, and to invite colleagues and friends to like the page and get an impression of the symposium.

Pack your bags!

Remember to bring both ordinary summer clothes and clothes for rain and wind. The temperature in Tromsoe is today for instance 10⁰C, so bring a jacket that will keep you warm. We also suggest a pair of good shoes, for the trip to Sommaroy. Are you curious about the weather in Tromsoe, take a look at this web-camera from the Arctic University of Norway. As you can see, still a little snow on the mountain-tops!

What to do when you arrive?

When you arrive at Tromsoe Airport, you are only 5 km away from the venue. You find information about how to get there at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions upon arrival, you will find us at the reception desk in the lobby from 12.00 on Monday the 17th. This is also where you register and find us during the whole event.

Thirty-four countries are represented

We are happy to inform that 34 country teams will be attending the 9th international symposium on career development and public policy in Tromsø in June 2019.

We look very much forward to welcome you all to Norway. We are at present working hard to prepare an inspiring and relevant programme for the symposium.

An important part of a successful ICCDPP Symposium is the sharing of experience from the participating countries through the country papers. The country papers will set out the key issues for their countries in relation to the four themes. A team of "synthezisers" are ready and eager to look into your country papers and prepare the synthesis reports.

Have you started to prepare your country paper?

Here are six tips on how to make the country paper from John McCarthy:

  • Answer the questions as comprehensively and accurately as you can.
  • Keep it short and to the point.
  • The team leader is in charge but involve the other country team members.
  • It is unlikely that one person or one set of persons will have all the answers, so seek help as required. Consult with relevant stakeholders.
  • Return your paper to us by 31st January!
  • Inform us of any delay in responding by that date.

How to submit

  • The team leader is responsible for submitting the country paper.
  • You find the country paper template here. Download it to your computer.
  • Submit the country paper by sending it as an attachment in an e-mail to
  • Deadline: 31st of January

If you have any questions concerning the country paper template, please contact John Mc Carthy, (director ICCDPP):

It's also time to think about the practicalities

Remember that the earlier you book your flight, the better price you might get. Note that you must:

  • arrange and pay for your own flight
  • book your own hotel room (not covered by Skills Norway)

You find everything about the practical issues here.

Are you joining us?

In June 2019 the international career guidance community is once again gathering to share experience and discuss ideas for the future of career guidance policy. The 9th international symposia on career development and public policy will take place in the arctic town of Tromso in Norway.

The deadline for registering the team was 30.11.2018.

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