Guidelines for paper proposals

Guidelines for proposals for paper sessions, symposia and other conference formats


At the ICDE Lillehammer Lifelong Learning Summit you are welcome to choose between three different submissions:

  • Contribution (non-scientific) of a presentation
  • Scientific paper
  • Paper to the ICDE Global Doctoral Consortium

Scientific papers

An abstract proposal for a paper presentation must have a maximum of 350 words and indicate the following:

  • Research topic/aim
  • Theoretical and methodology framework
  • (Expected) conclusions/findings

In addition, you will be asked to register:

  • Title of paper
  • Author(s) of proposal and contact information
  • Attachment to one of the suggested session themes below
  • Attachment to a symposium (if applicable).

All paper presenters are encouraged to bring copies of their papers.  Papers submitted to the organisers by January 15 will be reviewed for a special edition in an open access journal.

Paper to The ICDE Global Doctoral Consortium (GDC)

A submission of a paper proposal to The ICDE Global Doctoral Consortium follows the guidelines for paper sessions.

Conference topics

The conference programme will be organised around the following three levels:

  • Meeting place 1: Policy and society – global trends in education and work
  • Meeting place 2: Supply and demand –  how the educational sector best can meet institutional needs
  • Meeting place 3: Learners meet educators – success criteria for inclusive learning environments

We ask you to choose among one of the following suggested session themes:

  • Sustainable Development Goals – inclusion, equality and empowerment (1)
  • Policies for new competence needs and employment adjustment (1)
  • The digital transformation and automation of business and society (1)
  • Quality assurance in lifelong learning, flexible learning (1)
  • Funding and regulations supporting lifelong learning and employability (1)
  • Best practices world-wide (2)
  • Enabling meeting places between work and education (2)
  • Facilitating for career counselling, training and continuing education (2)
  • Towards a sustainable learning organisation (2)
  • Encouraging self-directed learning and empowerment (2)
  • Individual strategies for acquirement of knowledge and digital competence throughout (working) life (3)
  • Learning models in flexible and online learning: The interaction between content, technology, pedagogy and users (3)
  • Open Educational Resources (OER), course portals and MOOCs (3)
  • New pedagogies – participation, co-production and sharing (3)
  • Learning strategies for social and cultural inclusion (3)
  • Other themes on Lifelong learning

Conference formats

Parallel sessions

Contributions (non-scientific) and scientific papers will be presented in a parallel session or symposia. Time frame of each presentation is 20 minutes including discussion. Four different presentations will be presented in each parallel session. A conference attendee will be limited to present a maximum of two contributions at the conference.


A symposium session builds on a theme and is proposed and planned by a symposium organiser. The presentations focus on a common theme. A symposium has a chair (often the organiser). Some symposia will run over more than one session. The symposium organiser will decide how the symposium is to be organised and the time allotment for each presentation. The organiser of the symposium submits a proposal (as organiser’s text) with a plan for the symposium including:

  • The title of the symposium,
  • An abstract describing the entire symposium,
  • The names of the contributors and titles of their presentations

NOTICE: Each presenter must submit the abstract separately (as symposium presenter) after the symposia is registered and attach the abstract to the symposium.

Other conference formats

The organisers welcome other formats as well, like a roundtable session, panels and workshops. This should be registered as a “symposia” and clearly describe the format and its content including:

  • The title,
  • An abstract
  • The names of the contributors



Important dates

Symposia deadline: 18 September 2018
Extended abstract submission deadline: 10. October 2018
Notification of acceptance: 18 October 2018


Registration of abstracts to the conference is closed.

For more information

Associate Professor Brit Svoen:
Project Manager Per Eriksson:

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