the studio, 7 Cannon St, Birmingham, B2 5EP, UK 
and online

Bookings to open January 2024

About the Conference

NICEC is uniquely placed to bring together careers research, policy and practice. Our international conferences provide a stimulating environment where we can collaborate in ways that impact careers work and address the changing context.

This conference will focus on career and sustainability. We are defining sustainability broadly, as ‘the integration of social equity, economic vitality and environmental health and well-being in order to create thriving healthy, diverse and resilient communities now and in the future.’*

We will be looking at this topic through three important lenses:

  • skills,
  • wellbeing, and
  • the environment.

Through a mixture of keynotes, plenary panels, workshops and other interactive sessions, participants will be able to contribute, and learn in different ways.

You can attend for one day or two and participate either online or face-to-face.

Plenary contributors 

The following contributors are confirmed to date. This list will be updated as more details are finalised:

  • Ans de Vos (Professor, Antwerp University) speaking on "Preparing for Sustainable Careers"
  • Candy Ho (Assistant Professor, University of the Fraser Valley) 
  • Cathy Brown (Evolve) 
  • Clare Hatton (Director for Employment, Skills, Health & Communities, West Midlands Combined Authority) 
  • David Blackmore (Head of Sustainable Careers, World Wildlife Fund) 
  • Gill Frigerio (Associate Professor, University of Warwick) 
  • Miriam Dimsits (Lecturer, VIA University, Denmark) 
  • Natalie Ward-Smith (Global Careers Lead, Bupa)
  • Rosemary McLean (Director, The Career Innovation Company)
  • Tristram Hooley (Professor, University of Derby/Inland Norway University)

Facilitating a workshop

We will be inviting contributions for workshops from a broad range of contributors. We are looking for input that will enable discussion about career and sustainability. We will welcome presentations which are grounded in practice, policy, research and theory and which conceptualise sustainability in a variety of ways.


NICEC is a learned society and our goal to bring fresh perspectives, serious thinking and new avenues for research, policy and practice.

During this conference, we will also be presenting the Bill Law Award. This award is a legacy tribute to the work of Dr Bill Law, Founding Fellow of NICEC and internationally recognised scholar. The award will celebrate emerging innovation within the career development field, based on the research completed by recent students completing a relevant programme.

* Definition adapted from the charter of the University of California, Los Angeles Sustainability Committee (UCLA)

National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC) is registered in England and Wales under company number 06407049 at The Lodge, Willaston House, Cheerbrook Road, Willaston, Nantwich CW5 7EN
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