The local organising committee is happy to inform you that the next international ISCAR congress will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from 27 – 30 August 2024.

The theme of this meeting is ‘Inclusiveness as a future challenge’. We strive to offer new perspectives on creating opportunities for all people to participate in sociocultural practices, and interact with each other and the world around them. Use of diverse voices and interaction are crucial to deal with the complex challenges of the current and future world, such as climate change, inequality and technology. This congress brings together a diverse population of researchers and practitioners who base their work on Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT).

The Netherlands has a long tradition of research, based on CHAT in different domains, especially education. Developmental Education is a good example of a collaboration in which researchers and educators work closely together to create meaningful education for a diverse student population. We are pleased to have the opportunity to give scholars and practitioners from around the world an insight into the close alignment between theory and practice through presentations and school visits.

Founded in 2002, ISCAR is a leading international organization that promotes research and understanding of the cultural and social foundations of human activity and development. The organization brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, anthropology and education, to examine the ways in which culture shapes human behaviour and experience.

Phishing emails alert

We would like to alert you to the presence of phishing emails falsely claiming to be from Katerina Plakitsi, the president of ISCAR, using ‘presidentsecboard[at]gmail.com. These emails are fraudulent and should be treated with extreme caution. Please do not reply and do not click on any links in the email.

PLEASE NOTE: The president or any other member of ISCAR will NEVER send an email soliciting money or requesting any form of payment. It is important to be vigilant and cautious of such fraudulent attempts.

Any information regarding abstracts, presentations, attendance, and/or payments for ISCAR 2024 will only be sent by the conference secretariat using email address iscar2024@byease.nl.

Register for ISCAR 2024

Attend a sub-congress only

You can register for a sub-congress on Thursday 29 August only:

A. Bridging Theory and Practice in Developmental Education; a theory-driven educational concept that uses CHAT to innovate educational practice in the Netherlands

B. Innovation & research in vocational education: Congruency and consistency in theory and practices


The costs of organising a conference in the Netherlands are significantly higher compared to many other countries. We understand that attending can be a financial challenge fore some. This is why ISCAR previously issued a call for funding, which helped some participants attend the conference. Unfortunately, this call has now closed and no further financial support is available. We sincerely hope that your institutions understand the situation and can support your participation. If this is not possible, you may use the option to attend parts of the conference virtually at a much lower rate.

Supported by

Luria Gesellschaft

Association for the Advancement of Scientific Foundations for the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Brain Damage e.V.

LEARN! is an interdisciplinary research institute on learning in an institutional and societal context. We bring together colleagues from the behavioural, social, medical and educational sciences.