Every other year PLATO hosts a conference for all those interested or involved in pre-college philosophy. The next conference will be held at University of California, San Diego on June 26-27, 2020 (details below). To receive information about future conferences please sign up for the listserv at the bottom of the page under “Get in Touch”.

The Sixth PLATO Conference will be held on June 26-27 at San Diego, California.



2020 Conference:

Sixth PLATO Conference
Dates: June 26-27, 2020
Location: University of California, San Diego
Theme: Ethics in Schools, Communities, and the Public Sphere
Conference Details
The conference, celebrating PLATO’s tenth anniversary, will focus on ethics – in schools, the university, communities and the public sphere, and across the lifespan.  Of all philosophy’s areas of focus, ethics is perhaps one of the most accessible, the way many are introduced to the discipline both in and out of school and at various stages of life. During the conference, we will explore how to incorporate ethical perspectives into discussions that unfold in educational and other public spaces across all age groups. The conference aims to present a diverse set of perspectives on ethics education. Submissions from PK-12 educators, graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, administrators, and others interested in ethics education are welcome. Submissions on other topics in philosophy in schools and public philosophy will also be considered. The conference is funded in part by the Squire Family FoundationUniversity of California, San Diego, and Academic Enrichment Programs.


We welcome proposals for conference presentations, workshops, and a poster session. Workshops using a community of inquiry model are especially welcome.  Proposals, aside from workshop proposals, will be blind-reviewed. All proposals must be submitted by December 1, 2019. More information on the format and requirements for proposals can be found at:

Registration/Conference Fees

Please register on the Philosophy Document Center website.


Registration: Register by Wednesday, June 10, 2020. The price will increase for on-site registration.

Membership: Membership is not required, however, there is a discount for active members. You can join or renew your membership when registering on the Philosophy Document Center website.

Cancellation Policy: No fees will be refunded for cancellations after June 16, 2020. All cancellations prior to that deadline are subject to a $20 administrative processing fee.




Members: $120 (before June 10, 2020), $175 (on-site registration)

Non-members: $150 (before June 10, 2020), $175 (on-site registration)

Graduate/undergraduate students:  $50 (before June 10, 2020), $175 (on-site registration)

Local K-12 classroom teachers: $50 (before June 10, 2020), $175 (on-site registration)


Individual: $75

Graduate Student: $45

Undergraduate Student: $35

High School: $20

Conference Format

What to expect from a PLATO conference

The 2020 PLATO Conference will feature concurrent sessions involving hands-on workshops, papers, and presentations on the general theme of collaboration and innovation and other topics relevant to pre-college philosophy. There will also be a poster session to showcase pre-college programs and initiatives not included in the program as well as organizations that are now partnering with PLATO.


Throughout the conference, there will be an attempt to employ the Community of Inquiry methodology in which participants interact with one another rather than listen to lectures. Sessions chairs will be instructed to adhere to this and to be sure that each participant has the opportunity to respond to what has transpired in the session.

Presentation Proposals

Submit Online!


If you would like to offer a presentation at the 2020 Conference, please use the form on this page to submit your proposal.

If you have any questions or need to reach us directly prior to filling out this form, please email us at

(school, college, business, organization, etc...)
Allowed file extensions are doc, docx. Max file size is 16 MB. 1000 words or less please. ◦ Title ◦ Names and affiliations of presenters, as well as short biographies. 75-word limit◦ Background of the specific examples of practice and, if applicable, evidence of its effectiveness. 250-word limit ◦ Anticipated learning outcomes for participants. What is the ‘take away’? 100-word limit ◦ Plan for engaging workshop participants. This should include a description of handouts, PowerPoints or other resources provided. 100-word limit ◦ Overview of the workshop to appear in the conference program if accepted. 500-word limit
Allowed file extensions are doc, docx, pdf. Max file size is 16 MB. 325 words or less. • Title • Abstract that briefly explains the relevant issue, purpose, and expected discussion themes to be covered in the 20-min talk and 20-minute talk and 20-minute engaged discussion time. [250-word limit] • On a separate, last page, list the name and affiliation of the presenter and brief biography [75-word limit]
Allowed file extensions are .docx, .doc, .pdf. Max file size is 67 MB. A number of grants of $250 are available to defray expenses for teachers and early career scholars. If you wish to be considered, please attache a request to your submission that details your anticipated expenses and need. [100 word limit]

Hotel Accommodations & Travel

Conference Location: University of California, San Diego

  • 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093


  • San Diego International Airport (SAN) – 14 miles to campus (Uber or rental car)

Train Station:

  • Solana Beach Station Amtrak (WPK) – 10 miles to campus (Uber or rental car)

All of the hotels on the list below provide discounted room rates to UC San Diego visitors.
Please note that these hotels generally base their discounts on date and availability.
Tell the concierge that you are attending a UC San Diego-sponsored event and ask about the courtesy airport and campus shuttles.

Embassy Suites La Jolla by Hilton

  • Amenities: Indoor swimming pool and hot tub, Fitness center and dry sauna, $20/day parking, Complimentary Breakfast, Car Rental Desk, Business Center, High Speed Wired Internet, High Speed Wireless Internet, Gift Shop, On-Site Convenience Store, Shuttle to UCSD
  • Address: 4550 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA, 92122
    Distance from UCSD: 2 miles east
  • Make a Reservation or call 858-453-0400 and ask for the UCSD rate

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

Estancia La Jolla

  • Amenities: $10/day parking, walking distance to campus (cross N Torrey Pines Rd), Fitness Center, outdoor pool, spa, and discounted $8.00 daily Hospitality Services Fee (regularly $17.00 daily) which provides guests the following amenities: welcome beverage station of sparkling wine/water, (2) Voss Waters daily in guest sleeping rooms, daily newspaper, in-room Peerless Coffee, morning beverage/coffee service in Trinitas Cellars Wine Bar space (6am – 10am), 24 hour internet office, internet in guest rooms and common area, local & 800 calls, fitness center and pool usage.
  • Address: 9700 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
    Distance from UCSD: 0.7 miles west
  • Reservation: Call (858) 550-1000 and ask for the UCSD rate

Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton

  • Amenities: Shuttle Service, In-room high-speed wireless Internet, State-of-the-art fitness facility, open 24 hours, Outdoor heated swimming pool, Complimentary morning newspapers delivered to your door, Complimentary morning coffee and tea bar in the living room, Hosted Evening Wine Hour, “Forgot It? We’ve Got It!” travel essentials.
  • Address: 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive La Jolla, CA 92037
    Distance from UCSD: 2 miles south
  • Make a Reservation or call 858-459-0261 and ask for the UCSD rate

Marriott Residence Inn La Jolla

  • Amenities: Walking distance to campus (using bridge), shuttle service (based on availability and must be pre-arranged with the front desk), spacious apartment-style hotel with fully equipped kitchens, complimentary WIFI in guest rooms, complimentary hot breakfast buffet daily, complimentary MIX reception (M-W) with light fare and beer and wine, fitness center, outdoor pool, dry cleaning, onsite laundry, $18/day self-parking, walking distance to shopping center and restaurants, meeting rooms available. *Rooms are newly refreshed.
  • Address: 8901 Gilman Drive, La Jolla CA 92037
    Distance from UCSD: 0.7 miles south
  • Book on using the “Corporate/Promotional Code” – UC0 (zero) or call (858) 431-2077 and ask for the UCSD Rate

Sheraton La Jolla 

  • Amenities: Free WIFI, mini fridge, and microwaves in all guestrooms, $10/Day Parking, Walking Distance to UCSD (using bridge), Walking distance to shopping Center, Car Rental on Property, Heated Outdoor Pool, Fitness Center
  • Address: 3299 Holiday Court, La Jolla, CA 92037
    Distance from UCSD: 0.7 miles south
  • Make a Reservation or call 858-453-5500 and ask for the UCSD rate

Past Conferences:

Here’s what some participants had to say about the 2015 conference:


  • “I learned multiple new strategies for engaging in the classroom, especially with regard to inclusivity and discussions of social justice.”
  • “I’ve made connections with several colleagues that will lead to national and international collaborations.”
  • “I am not a teacher, but I have learned ways to integrate philosophy and philosophical thought into a classroom, specifically an elementary classroom.”


For more information about past conferences (including presentation topics) please click on one of the conference brochures below, or check out the video about the 2015 conference:


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