About the ICOT 2011 Conference

Carol McGuinness

Welcome to the website for the 15th International Conference on Thinking which is to be held at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

My name is Carol McGuinness and I am the host for the conference this year.

Plans are now well underway to ensure a successful, intellectually stimulating and socially enjoyable event.  

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It has been a pleasure for both Eventus and Carol McGuinness to deliver the 15th International Conference on Thinking in Belfast, and we wish you all a safe journey home. To complete the evaluation survey for the 15th International Conference on Thinking please click here



Online Registration will close on Friday 17 June at 12 Noon. Delegates wishing to register after this date will be able to do so at Queen's University Lanyon Building from Monday 20 June

ICOT Programme Summary is now available online. To view this document please follow the link provided.


The Early Bird registration is now officially closed.



Bursaries are no longer available for Northern Ireland teachers from the General Teaching Council in Northern Ireland (GTCNI) due to overwhelming interest.


The BMI promocode - QUBJUN16 - is now live! All delegates who book on flybmi.com will receive 15% discount off traffic [London Heathrow Airport to Belfast City Airport].This offer is for travel between 16th - 30th June 2011, for all bookings on all flights on this route.The promocode - QUBJUN16 - can be entered on the first page of the flybmi website on the left hand side.



The conference programme is varied and exciting.  Confirmed speakers include:

  • Edward de Bono (Malta)
  • Diane Halpern (US)
  • Gavriel Salomon (Israel)
  • David Perkins (US)
  • Bob Swartz (US)
  • Art Costa (US)
  • Karin Morrison (Australia)
  • Guy Claxton (UK)
  • Philip Adey (UK)
  • Lane Clark (Canada)
  • Aidan Moran (Ireland)

We are also planning symposia around all the conference themes.

In true Irish spirit, the social programme will be filled with music and lots of fun.  On Wednesday 22 June, there will be an evening of traditional Irish food, music and dance – so book early to avoid disappointment.  

The conference plans to stimulate the body as well as the mind!

We look forward to seeing you in Belfast in June.

The title for the conference is: Developing a Culture of Good Thinking.  Read more >>