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 confirmed keynote speakers will be Prof Nicola Whitton, University of Durham and Dr Amy Thomas, University of Glasgow. Full programme to be announced in April 2023.

The bookings are 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 closed.

Conference format and programme

Draft programme now available.

Pre-conference: On 19th July we will be holding a free pre-conference workshop (included in the full delegate ticket). Please note this event will start with registration at 2.30pm and run until 5.30pm.

This workshop will address key aspects of library lending of eBooks and wider themes relating to digital access to knowledge. The event will include talks, posters, polls, open-floor debate and discussion around these issues. Included in the workshop will be a presentation by researchers working at CREATe, University of Glasgow on research looking at The Law and Economics of eLending in Europe. This study, funded by KR21/Arcadia, considers competition law dimensions of eLending by academic and public libraries.

This open event is free to all Icepops conference delegates. Refreshments will be provided. Speakers will include: Dr Kenneth Barr, Dr Matteo Frigeri (CREATE / University of Glasgow) and Kyle K Courtney (Harvard University)

The main conference (20th July) will include:

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

Evening Social: TBC

Post conference (21st July): ALT Copyright and Online Learning Special Interest Group AGM and tours of University of Glasgow

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 is now open. Hurry we have a limited number of places this year!

Costs (frozen from 2022): Includes attendance, all refreshments, an evening social and the pre- and post-conference events. Accommodation will need to be booked separately.

ILG member / Presenter / Student rate: £100 plus VAT

Full rate: £125 plus VAT

Pre-conference event only: Free

Discounted Accommodation available at Queen Margaret Residences, University of Glasgow at £36 per person, per night. To book this accommodation please quote ICEPOPS2023 and use the booking link.


Our confirmed keynote speakers will be Prof Nicola Whitton, University of Durham and Dr Amy Thomas, University of Glasgow.

Image of Nicola Whitton

Nicola Whitton is Director of the Durham Centre for Academic Development and Professor of Education at Durham University. She has been researching play in education for over twenty years, from video games to escape rooms and playful learning. Most recently she has been applying principles of play to academic leadership, with varying success.

Play: The Secret to Success, Happiness, and Wisdom   In her talk, Nicola Whitton will argue that play can transform how we live, love, and learn. She will explore how games and playful approaches can change how we engage with other people, how we respond to new challenges, and how we develop throughout our lives. The concept of the ‘magic circle’ will be introduced as a way of theorising play and understanding how playful reframing can change how we approach our lives. There will be lots of opportunities to play. 

Photo of Amy Thomas

Amy Thomas is a Lecturer in Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Glasgow School of Law / CREATe centre. Amy joined the University of Glasgow as a PhD student and Research and Teaching Associate in 2017 (completing in 2021). Her main research interests lie at the intersection of copyright law and socio-legal research, with a particular focus on video games, eSports and fan communities. 

What copyright can learn from games: In her talk, Amy will look at how video games can teach us how to navigate the largest muti-player, real-time strategy survival game of all: copyright. Her talk will examine how games teach us to navigate rules-based systems, gain tools and skills, and make the best choices at the right times to develop our copyright-characters on their journey.

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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