On 16/17 June 2017, the Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies hosted the 3rd European Conference on Curriculum Studies at the University of Stirling. The event was attended by around 170 educators from around the world, and featured keynotes by Prof Lyn Yates (University of Melbourne) and Prof Nicholas Ng-A-Fook (university of Ottawa). Despite an unfortunate fire alarm on the first morning, which led to the evacuation of the Stirling Court Hotel a few minutes before kick-off, the event got off to a good start, with introductions by prof Mark Priestley (Director of the Curriculum Network) and Prof Malcom MacLeod (Senior Deputy Principal) and a speech from John Swinney (Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills). On the second day, the event featured a lively roundtable discussion on the subject of whether a curriculum should be knowledge rich, with inputs by Prof Bob Davies (Glasgow), Dr Laura Colucci-Gray (Aberdeen), Prof Peter Appelbaum (Arcadia) and Prof Vivienne Baumfield (Exeter).
Overall, the event was a great success; participants provided very positive feedback, and sessions were extremely well-attended for the full two days. We greatly look forward to the next event at Maynooth University, Republic of Ireland in 2019.