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ACA Annual Conference recap: There’s more to mobility than meets the eye

Under brilliant blue skies and warm temperatures in Córdoba, ACA’s 2010 Annual Conference convened on 16-18 May. Nearly 200 participants from approximately 30 different countries converged on this historic southern Spanish city for three days of presentations, workshops, and networking events, all organised around the topic of Brains on the move: Gains and losses from student mobility and academic migration. Among other compelling issues, participants and speakers examined international mobility data trends (and limitations!), the profound difference in mobility experiences and effects in developing countries versus wealthier nations, and the complexities of researcher mobility in Europe and beyond.

ACA’s partner for this event was, the Public Foundation for the International Promotion of Spanish Universities, which is also ACA’s newest member. Additionally, the University of Córdoba and the City of Córdoba itself extended gracious welcomes and provided significant assistance for both the working sessions and the social segments of the conference. The Secretariat is exceedingly grateful for the support from our Spanish colleagues, led by Mònica Margarit and her team at, as well as the hospitality of our hosts in Córdoba.

ACA is also greatly indebted to all of the individuals—speakers, chairs, participants, and supporting cast—who made the conference not only possible, but allowed for a highly invigorating environment for information sharing and spirited debate. We are particularly grateful to Christian Bode and Peter Scott for their most compelling keynote addresses, and to all of the outstanding presenters who took the time to share their perspectives and expertise with the assembled group.

Information on the 2011 ACA Annual Conference will soon be forthcoming. We invite you to stay tuned for that announcement and look forward to offering another substantive and stimulating event next year.