Welcome to the 8th Nordic Montessori Conference
in Uppsala, Sweden

A celebration of life
Hand – Mind – Body and the Montessori principles
that guide us to well-being

August 30th to September 1st – 2024
We are excited to be able to welcome you to the 8th Nordic on-site Conference in Uppsala, and are looking forward
to meeting you all in person!


4200 SEK (Early Bird until May 1st)

4700 SEK (from May 2nd)

The conference fee includes a school visit (Please book early due to limited space), the Opening Ceremony on Friday 30/8, lunch Saturday and Sunday, all Conference lectures on Saturday and Sunday and the Celebration Gala dinner at Uppsala Castle on Saturday 31/8.
Please read the following terms for cancellation.

Registraion is binding but if you wish to cancel your attendance at the 8th Nordic Montessori Conference in Uppsala Sweden you are welcome to transfer your registration to another person’s name and corresponding e-mail address. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Please begin by filling in the registration form and send by clicking on the word ”skicka”. After registration, please make your payment as follows. We regret not being able to accept credit cards and ask for your patience and understanding. If payment includes multiple participants, please email us at: with information on the payer and all participants names and their corresponding email addresses.

Payment within Sweden may be made to: pg 4512070-6 or to: SWISH 123 160 1889

Payment outside of Sweden may be made to:
IBAN SE6095000099604245120706

Payment by invoice may be made by stating your invoice information on the registration form after which you will receive an invoice to the given email address.

Please remember to state your name and e-mail address clearly.

These hotels in Uppsala offer special prices to all 8th Nordic Montessori Conference participants. Please use these links to make your reservation directly with the hotel.
All payments, changes and cancellations regarding accommodation must be addressed directly with your hotel.

Radison Blue Hotell Uppsala
Please make your reservation on this link.
The last day to book is 4/7

Elite Hotel Academia
Please make your reservation on this link.
The last day to book is 1/8.

Best Western Hotel Svava
Please call (46) 018-13 00 30 or e-mail:
and state your 8th Nordic Montessori Conference Code: 340018. 
The last day to book is 18/7.

By rail: Uppsala Central Station (5 min. walk to Uppsala Kongress & Konferens)
By air: Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Connecting buss to Uppsala Central station (30 min). There are also connecting trains (17 min) or taxis (30 min).

Please note that minor changes may be made.

Friday, August 30th, 2024 15:00-17:00 (3-5pm) School visits (Book early-limited space) 16:00-18:00 (4-6pm) Registration at Norrlands Nation, Västra Ågatan 14

Uppsala University Norrlands Nation, Västra Ågatan 14

19:00 (7pm)
Opening Ceremony with AMI President Alain Tschudin at Uppsala University Norrlands Nation on Västra Ågatan 14.

Saturday, August 31st, 2024
Lectures on Saturday and Sunday will be held at Uppsala Konsert och Kongress on Vaksala Torg 1. Registration is located on the ground floor and lectures will be held in the large conference hall on level 3.
Safety regulations prohibit suitcases and bags larger than A4 in the conference halls. Please leave your luggage at your hotel on Saturday. Luggage may be checked on Sunday. There is a staffed room for your clothes both days.

Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, Vaksala Torg 1

08:00-08:40 Registration for non-registered participants 08:50-09:00 Welcome 09:00-10:15 Dr. Ulrika Ådén, neonatal physician and research scientist
10:15-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Judi Orion, AMI Trainer
12:00-13:00 Lunch will be served on the ground floor
13:00-14:15 Madlena Ulrich, AMI Trainer
14:15-14:45 Break
14:45-16:00 Carla Foster, AMI Trainer
16:00-16:10 Closing remarks
16:10-16:30 Jip Bartels, Trainer for AMI Montessori Sports

19:00 (7pm) Celebration Dinner in honour of Dr. Montessori’s Birthday at Uppsala Castle. Welcome by AMI Trainer Ulla Wikefeldt. The castle is a 20 minute walk (partly uphill) from Uppsala Kongress & Konferens. Taxis may drive up to the entrance. No dress code.

Uppsala Castle, Drottning Christinas väg 1

Sunday, September 1st, 2024
08:30-08:50 Registration for non-registered participants at Uppsala Konsert och Kongress.
08:55-09:00 Welcome
09:00-10:15 Elina Rautasalu, AMI Trainer and Steven Hughes, PhD, APBdN, Pediatric Neuropsychologist
10:15-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Continued lecture
12:00-13:00 Lunch will be served on the ground floor
13:00 -14:30 Your choice of break-out room with either Judi Orion (0-3), Madlena Ulrich (3-6), Carla Foster (6-12) or Jip Bartels from AMI Montessori Sports. Please specify your choice of break-out room when you register.


Jip Bartels
Trainer for Montessori Sports

Jip Bartels is a Montessori Sports Trainer and former professional player for the AFC Ajax youth academy and Dutch national youth teams. Jip brings over 20 years of experience as an athlete and youth coach and also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Amsterdam. After developing and pioneering Montessori Sports Programmes in Australia, Jip has continued the global mission of Montessori Sports from his home in Amsterdam alongside colleagues Ruben Jongkind and Patrick Oudejans. Jip also holds AMI 6-12 Montessori Orientation as well as AMI Administration Certificates. Jip is a social and disciplined man who believes that sports is a key to develop the human potential. Montessori Sports is the strategic partner of the Association Montessori Internationale. The aim is to bring a student-centered approach to sports environments and to integrate sports into the core of child development.

Carla Foster
AMI Director of Training 6-12

Carla Foster is one of the current AMI Directors of Elementary Training at Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE), USA and the Montessori Institute of Prague. She also works permanently at the University College of Vestfold in Norway. Carla holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Anthropology, Old Icelandic Literature and Norwegian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has AMI 3-6 and 6-12 diplomas from the Maria Montessori Training Organization, in London, and the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee, USA. She has worked with children at the levels of 3-6 and 6-12, has lived and taught in Norway since 1995, and has been an elementary AMI Trainer since 2011. She enjoys speaking about Cosmic Education, storytelling, drama, music, geometry and the transitioning child from Primary to Elementary. Carla was a keynote speaker at the 2017 AMI International Congress in Prague. Carla has lectured and worked on courses in the US, Europe and India.

Steven Hughes
Pediatric neuropsychologist

Dr. Steven Hughes is a pediatric neuropsychologist and psychotherapist with over twenty-five years of professional experience. He specializes in assessment of attention, learning, and behavioral disorders in children, adolescents, and adults, and offers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for persons suffering from problems with mood, anxiety, and behavioral disorders. Dr. Hughes has spoken to groups all over the world on subjects such as brain development, diagnosis and treatment of learning and attention problems, and environmental conditions (at home, school and work) that support the optimal growth of higher-order cognitive functions and the developmental benefits of Montessori pedagogy. Dr. Hughes spent ten years as a faculty member of the Division of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, and was the founding chair of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Global Research Committee, and has served as president of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology. His research interests are in the areas of environmental enrichment, creativity, self-regulation, and executive functioning, and the role that early childhood education can play in promoting the growth of these essential capabilities. Dr. Hughes is based in Prague, Czech Republic. 

Judith Orion
AMI Director of Pedagogy

Judith Orion, M.A. is the Director of Pedagogy for AMI and the AMI Director of Training for 0-3 and 3-6. Judith holds the AMI Early Childhood (3-6) diploma and received her Assistants to Infancy (0-3) diploma at the first AMI training for that level, given in Rome. Judi has conducted Primary and Infancy Montessori classes and is a trainer, examiner, and consultant at both levels. She conducts teacher training internationally and is a national and international seminar presenter at Montessori conferences. Judith is an adjunct faculty member of Loyola University in Maryland. She was also Director of Training for the first 0-6 AMI Diploma course. Judith has held numerous positions at AMI serving as a board member and on both the Training Group and Scientific Pedagogy Group. Judith is Head of AMI’s Training Division and has overseen the enormous expansion of the AMI Training of Trainers program. Judith was also a plenary speaker at the 29th International Montessori Congress in 2023.

Elina Rautasalo
AMI Montessori Trainer 3-6

Elina Rautasalo is an AMI 3-6 Teacher Trainer with over 30 years of experience in the field of education, working with both children and adults in her native Finland and abroad. Her Montessori journey began in London in the early 1990s at the Maria Montessori Institute, where she gained her AMI 3-6 Diploma. Subsequently, Elina was a member of the MMI’s training team for over 20 years. Elina has served as the chair of Montessori Society AMI (UK) and as a council member of Montessori Education UK. She is an AMI examiner and lectures internationally. She has given seminars and workshops in various countries in Europe, as well as in Asia, North and South America. Elina has directed AMI’s 3-6 courses in the UK, Thailand, Vietnam, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Estonia. At present, Elina is Director of Training at the International Montessori Institute in the Netherlands and Instituto de Educação Maria Montessori in Portugal. In addition to her work as a teacher trainer, Elina supports Montessori schools through mentoring and consultation.

Madlena Ulrich
AMI Director of Training 3-6

Madlena Ulrich is the Program Director for the AMI 3-6 Teacher Training at the University of South-Eastern Norway.  She has a degree as Preschool Teacher in Norway and took her AMI 3-6 training in Dublin, Ireland in 1994-95. She worked as the lead teacher in the Children’s House of Tønsberg Montessori, a 0-15 environment situated in Eastern Norway, for more than 15 years and was actively involved in the development of the school. She has been a member of the Norwegian Montessori Association and much of her work is focused on the continued development of Montessori schools in Norway. She did her AMI Training of Trainers with Molly O’Shaughnessy in Minnesota, USA and Ulla Wikefeldt in Sweden. Since 2010 she has been training students in Norway, where she works in close collaboration with Carla Foster (AMI 6-12 trainer), in addition to training in China, Thailand, Russia and Romania. Madlena also frequently lectures at conferences worldwide.

Dr. Ulrika Ådén
Neonatal specialist

Ulrika Ådén has worked at the Joanna Cocozza Professorship in Pediatrics at Linköping University since 2022. Previously, she served as Neonatal Physician and research scientist, as well as Chief Physician for the Department of Neonatology, Obstetrics, and Gynecology at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. Her research has focused on the fetal and newborn brain before and during the early period after birth, particularly on injuries that may have consequences for the child as they grow up, and she has endeavored to identify possibilities to reduce the risks of negative effects. Understanding Ulrika Ådén’s research and its outcomes provides valuable insights into how we, in Montessori schools and preschools, can best care for children and support them in their optimal development. Her research also highlights the foresight of Dr. Maria Montessori in her observations and theory-building over a century ago. In her free time Ulrika enjoys playing chamber music in a string quartet.

Propé Montessori Material, Nienhuis, Waterpark

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