The 2012 International Year of Co-operatives seeks to inform the wider public, including academia and policy makers, of the nature, role and benefits of co-operative enterprises. To this end, there are a number of conferences taking place across the globe, each one addressing a different aspect of co-operation and co-operatives.

Promoting the understanding of cooperatives for a better world
March 15-16, 2012 – San Servolo, Venice (Italy)
Euricse in collaboration with ICA intends to commemorate the UN International Year of Cooperatives by creating a discussion forum that can promote a better understanding of the rationale, roles, potential, and impact of cooperatives.

Third Euricse Conference on Cooperative Finance and Sustainable Development
June 14th and 15th, 2012 – Trento

Imagine 2012
Quebec City, Canada October 6-8, 2012
Imagine 2012 is designed to bring together the leadership of the world’s major co-operatives and leading economic thinkers from around the world. Imagine 2012 will provide a forum in which co-operative leaders and world-class economists can explore a new approach to economic analysis and thought that offers people around the world renewed hope for an economy that meets people’s needs.

ICA Expo 2012
31st October – 2nd November 2012, Manchester, UK
ICA EXPO is a professional trade fair intended to promote co-operative products and services. Its main focus is to provide co-operatives with the opportunity to showcase their latest innovations and to create a business platform between producers and the international consumer market.

The World of Rural Co-operation
11-12 September 2012, Trim Castle, Near Dublin, Ireland
This event will be a unique opportunity for international policy formers to understand the opportunities that co-operative enterprise provides for economic and social development and will be a great opportunity for co-operative enterprises to make new business links and learn from each other.

UK Society for Co-operative Studies
September 2012
The UK’s specialised co-operative education society will host their annual conference in September 2012. More details will be provided as and when they become available.