The Laboratory of International Assessment Studies holds an international symposium every year. These offer participants the opportunity to engage with scholars, testing agencies, international organisations and the users of data to engage in in-depth conversations on the politics, practices and potentials of International Large-Scale Assessments (ILSAs).  These events are supported by research funding agencies and the host universities. The events are by invitation only and bring together approximately 30 to 50 participants.

Upcoming International Symposiums

  • Lab International Symposium 2019Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, on ‘Ethics and Large-Scale Assessments‘. To be held at the Manchester Metropolitan University on 8-10 September 2019 (dates TBC). This seminar will explore the ethics of designing, conducting and participating in large-scale assessments and the uses of assessment data.We will consider issues such as informed consent, privacy (including compliance with new regulatory frameworks), risks to participants, collecting process data, data mining and commercial exploitation of data. Convened by Dr Sam Sellar.


  • Lab International Symposium 2020:  Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, on ‘The Global ILSA Industry’. Co-Supported by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Manchester Metropolitan University. Dates to be confirmed. Convened by Dr Antoni Verger, Dr Sam Sellar and Dr Camilla Addey.


Past International Symposiums

  • Lab International Symposium 2017: Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. ‘National Assessments in the Age of Global Metrics’. 4th-5th December2017.  For information contact: Radhika Gorur