Guidelines for contributions

Contributions (non-scientific)

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

  • The topic and aim of the project/study programme
  • Main focus of the presentation
  • The target group
  • Link to project/product (when available)

In addition, you will be asked to register:

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

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

Best practices contributions

A submission of a best practice contribution may be to any of the formats presented above.


Important dates

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


An abstract to a parallel session
An abstract to a symposium

For more information

Associate Professor Brit Svoen:
Project Manager Per Eriksson:

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