XXIV IFHE World Congress 2020

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

2nd - 8th August 2020

Atlanta Hyatt Regency Hotel

"Home Economics: Soaring Toward Sustainable Development"

The IFHE Congress 2020 theme reads "Home Economics:  Soaring Toward Sustainable Development"

Responsible for the preparation processes and organisation is a very committed Congress Executive:

  • World Congress 2020 Co-Chairs: Bev CARD, CFCS and Janine DUNCAN, CFCS
  • IFHE-US Executive Board: Roxie GODFREY, Sue BUCK, CFCS, Luann BOYER, and Carol ANDERSON, CFCS and Nancy GRANOVSKY, CFCS, advisor.

Planning continues as your IFHE-US colleagues prepare to welcome you to America.

For more information go to: IFHE World Congress 2020.

The tentative program-at-a-glance is ready to download.  A Letter of Invitation and Visa Information are also available.  Be sure to note that there is a Pre-Congress for Educators.  Also, new at this Congress is a Learning Day on the Move, which incorporates educational and technical excursions in and around Atlanta, including the University of Georgia-Athens into one day.

The Congress programme is almost complete. Registration information will be available in January 2019. Abstract guidelines will be posted in January 2019.
So now is the time to start planning to attend the next World Congress in 2020!

XXIV IFHE World Congress 2020

First Announcement - November 2018

Every four years IFHE holds a World Congress to globally connect professionals and students in the field of Home Economics (Family and Consumer Sciences in the US). It was last in the US in 1958 and 1988.

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Congress Model - IFHE World Congress 2020

"Home Economics: Soaring Toward Sustainable Development"

  • Ecological, Integrative Perspective.
    The International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) 2020 World Congress theme, "Home Economics:  Soaring Toward Sustainable Development", provides a broad perspective that reflects the integrative character of the field of Home Economics. Addressing complex interrelated human and environmental problems, it is reliant on the human ecological model (Bronfenbrenner, 1986; Bubolz & Sontag, 1993), to portray the dynamic interactions affecting and influencing individual, family, and community life.  
  • Sustainable Development - A Global, Professional Commitment.
    An International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO) holding consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC, FAO, UNESCO, UNICEF), the IFHE brings focus to six of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), committed to ending poverty and hunger, promoting good health, well-being and gender equality, providing water and sanitation for all, and promoting and developing sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  • Civil and Human Rights—Core Professional Practice:
    Atlanta, Georgia USA represents the United States center for human and civil rights and will serve as an appropriate backdrop for IFHE and Home Economics professionals utilizing a humanistic lens to examine issues of justice.
  • Human Impact: Serving Vulnerable Audiences:
    IFHE and Home Economics professionals examine how quality of life varies for multiple population sectors directly resulting from the interrelationship of sustainability and civil/human rights concerns. The SDGs identify multiple sectors of the world population that struggle due to a lack of civil/human rights, including women; youth; aging; refugees; minorities; citizens with disabilities; and those experiencing rural/urban migration, among others.  
  • Systemic Action: Challenges and Opportunities:
    With concern for vulnerable audiences, IFHE and Home Economics professionals, through scientific and technological examination and applications, aim to redress negative systemic actions contributing to the challenges faced by individuals, families and communities, while promoting positive systemic actions that improve quality of life. The status of individuals, families, and communities is impacted across various systems, including: food, health, economic, environmental, and human/political systems.
  • Programme Organisation:
    Plenary keynote presentations, related symposia, workshops, concurrent sessions, and the inaugural Learning Day on the Move provide the structure for deep exploration of the Congress theme and model. Proposed speakers demonstrate expertise across the thematic model and share a breadth of global experiences that will facilitate dialogue with and among Home Economics professionals.

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