The theme of the 7th Annual London Chess and Education Conference is “Chess and Female Empowerment”. The conference examines the involvement of women and girls in chess and presents insights into how to improve the gender balance. The conference will be of interest to women chess players, organisers and educators. Primary and secondary school teachers will learn how to make chess a more engaging activity through its social and collaborative modes. The conference will also provide ideas and initiatives for those striving to improve the engagement of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Conference will present new findings from two major surveys on women and girls in chess. A large study conducted by the European Chess Union presents statistics on women and girls in national federations throughout Europe. A study conducted through the US Chess Federation will provide qualitative insights into chess and gender issues. An analysis of online play in the Netherlands will provide details of how boys and girls compare.
The conference comprises plenary sessions interspersed with parallel streams comprising presentations, workshops, discussions, debates and demonstrations. Several speakers will relate their own personal experiences as a woman in a male environment whether playing, arbiting or organising.
A wide range of issues will be covered including:
- creating a safe and welcome environment for women
- successful women who played chess
- why do girls give up chess?
- how to make chess more accessible to women
- challenges for women officials
- lessons from other sports
Those expected to attend include:
- Rita Atkins (Hungary)
- Julie Denning (England)
- Chris Fegan (England)
- Tania Folie (Belgium)
- Jovanka Houska (England)
- Sarah Hurst (England)
- Mads Jacobsen (Denmark)
- Ilaha Kadimova (Azerbaijan)
- Ljubica Lazarevic (Serbia)
- Smbat Lputyan (Armenia)
- Sean Marsh (England)
- Carol Meyer (USA)
- Mikkel Norgaard (Denmark)
- Alice O’Gorman (Ireland)
- Malcolm Pein (England)
- Jonathan Rowson (Scotland)
- Mike Truran (England)
We will also continue our focus on chess in education with parallel sessions.
In the week which follows, 2nd-6th December, there will be professional teacher training courses at the venue certificated by the European Chess Union. The courses cover Teaching Chess in Primary School (ECU101) and Learning Mathematics through Chess (ECU102). Further details can be found here.
The conference fee is £65 for one day and £95 for both days. Female members of the English Chess Federation are eligible for free entry by sending an email in advance to email@example.com with your membership number.