International Copyright-Literacy Event with Playful Opportunities for Practitioners and Scholars (Icepops)

Icepops is the International Copyright-Literacy Event with Playful Opportunities for Practitioners and Scholars.

The fourth edition of Icepops (Icepops 2023) will be held at the University of Glasgow at the Advanced Research Centre on Thursday 20th July 2023. It will form part of a festival of copyright events running from 19-21 July in partnership with CREATe (UK Copyright and Creative Economy Centre) at the University of Glasgow. There will be an evening social and various satellite events on the day preceding and following the conference.

Our first confirmed keynote speaker will be Prof Nicola Whitton, University of Durham. Further speakers to be announced soon however the call for speakers is now open.

Icepops was devised by Chris Morrison and Jane Secker and is run in conjunction with the CILIP Information Literacy Group. The day will include a world café, lightning talks, and an evening social.

Call for papers

The call for papers is now open and closes on 27 March 2023.

There are a variety of formats including lightning talks, world cafe presentations, posters or something else. We require a short abstract and your proposal which will be sent to the Icepops panel for peer review.

Conference format and programme

Lightning talks: Presenters will have 7-8 minutes to deliver a plenary presentation on copyright education.

World Cafe presentations: There will be a series of world café presentations each allocated a table to answer questions and demonstrate their work in small groups. Delegate groups will rotate around the room so you have a chance to hear from each of the speakers.

Final panel: a closing panel will take place at the conference

Who should attend?

Icepops 2019 attendees

Icepops is aimed at copyright specialists and non-specialists, librarians, archivists, curators, learning technologists, educational developers, teachers, lecturers, publishers and creators involved in copyright education. The focus is on all levels of education from schools to higher education and continuing professional development. UK and international delegates are invited to share their experiences with colleagues.

The event was partly inspired by the IFLA one day seminar held in August 2017 on Models of Copyright Education in Information Literacy Programs.

The Icepops Annual 2019 (link to PDF of conference proceedings)

What people have said about Icepops:

It was fun! (as well as informative and relevant to my work). I liked the fast pace which kept our interest throughout the day. All the presentations were interesting and food for thought.
The games hackathon was my fave session. It combined everything we learned about during ICEPOPS in an active, fun, social way. It was also placed right at the time of day when our attention might have lagged.
Thank you for all your work putting it together! I hope to stay in touch with people I met there. This is an important and growing community in the scholarly communications and information literacy worlds.
Or read a review of Icepops 2018 by Anne-Lise Harding published in the Journal of Information Literacy.

Booking and costs:

Bookings for Icepops 2023 will open in March. Hurry we have a limited number of places this year!

Costs: Includes attendance, all refreshments and an evening social. Accommodation will need to be booked separately.

ILG / ALT / Presenter rate: TBC

Full rate: TBC (the 2022 cost was £150 plus VAT)

Previous editions of Icepops

The third in-person edition of Icepops 2022 was held at the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy on Thursday 8th September, followed by an evening social and tours of the Bodleian and Museum of Natural History on Friday 9th September. Our keynote speakers were Prof Emily Hudson, Kings College, London, Dr Andrea Wallace, University of Exeter and Douglas McCarthy, Europeana Foundation.

You can view presentations and photos from 2022 and we held a webinar on Friday 23rd September 2022 to share highlights from the conference.

Details about the previous conferences are available including the presentations and photos from 2018 and presentations and photos from 2019.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Icepops! was held in June 2021. The programme includes links to the presentations and recordings of the lightning talks. You can also access further details about speakers including their abstracts. Please note our World Cafe sessions were not recorded, but there are further resources available from World Cafe presenters.

Organisers and sponsors:

The event is being organised by Chris Morrison and Jane Secker ( and the Information Literacy Group.

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