IB World magazine inspires over 1,000 educators

The first ever IB World Conference Special proved to be a huge success at the IB Global Conference in Japan

More than 1,000 International Baccalaureate (IB) educators from the Asia Pacific region assembled in Yokohama, Japan, on 29th-31st March for the IB Global Conference. Delegates had the chance to listen to guest speakers, attend workshops and read the new IB World Conference Special.

The A5, 16-page magazine highlighted the conference’s theme of ‘Inspiring communities’, and delivered thought leadership articles, interviews with key opinion leaders, and practical tips. It received positive feedback from delegates and IB staff.

A cover inspired by students' imagination

IB students from around the world were involved in creating the magazine, with a competition that offered students the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents.

They were asked to submit artwork, illustrating what ‘Inspiring communities' means, in order for them to be featured in the magazine. The winning entry – by 16-year-old Iona Keeley, from Red Maids’ School in Bristol – was chosen for the front cover.

Iona’s oil drawing combines her interest in physics with her love for art. The face is fused with the solar system, and was inspired by Sergio Albiac – an artist who uses algorithms to create portraits from circles.

Iona said that her illustration highlights how: “individuals can merge with the wider idea of space and encourages opening of minds to new ideas.”

All student submissions are in the process of being uploaded to our Instagram feed: @ibworldmag.

Haymarket Network has worked with the IB (International Baccalaureate) for over a decade, producing IB World magazine and online content. Editor Sophie-Marie Odum has already begun preparing for the next conference special magazine, which will be distributed at the next Global Conference in Orlando, Florida, in July.

You can follow Sophie-Marie Odum on Twitter @Sophie_Marie_O