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Call for papers

We invite you to submit an abstract for the 8th Nordic Conference on Adult Education and Learning which will be held 13 – 15 May 2019 under the theme “Sustainable adult education and learning in organisational settings”.

Venue: Danish School of Education, DPU, Aarhus University, Emdrup, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 Copenhagen NV

Organizers: The Aarhus University research programme LISO – Learning, innovation and sustainability in organisations

Scientific committee: Associate Professor Kristina Mariager-Anderson PhD, Associate Professor Anne Larson PhD, Associate Professor Jonas Andreasen Lysgaard PhD

Conference theme: Sustainable adult education and learning in organisational settings

Guidelines for abstracts

Submit an abstract of maximum 400 words (Word/rtf document), excluding your contact information, no later than 28.02.2018. Please follow the format below.

You will be informed regarding acceptance by 28.3.2019.

The deadline for submitting full papers (approximately 8–10 pages, including references) is 8.4.2019.

Abstracts should indicate the following:

  1. Title of paper
  2. Author(s) including contact information for the leading author and affiliations for all authors
  3. Research topic/aim
  4. Theoretical and methodological framework
  5. (Expected) Conclusions/findings
  6. Relevance for Nordic adult education and learning research

Please indicate whether your abstract is for a paper, symposium or roundtable

Paper presentation

A paper presents ongoing or completed research. The organizing committee will group papers into a number of sessions, each comprising a maximum of three papers, with oral presentations and discussions of papers. The time allotted for each paper will be 30 minutes: 20 minutes for a presentation by the author(s) and 10 minutes for discussion.


We invite proposals for symposium sessions. A symposium session presents papers focused on a common theme and is proposed and planned by a symposium organizer. A symposium has a chair (often the organizer) and one or more discussants who have read the papers in advance. Some symposia will overlap more than one session. The symposium organizer will decide how the symposium is to be organized and the time to be allotted for each presentation. It is recommended that at least two different countries/national perspectives be represented in the symposium.

The organizer of the symposium should submit a symposium proposal with a plan for the symposium that includes all the following elements in a single document: 

  1. The title of the symposium
  2. An abstract outlining the theme for the symposium as a whole (400 words or less)
  3. The names of the contributors, titles of their presentations, which should follow the format, outlined in the above guidelines. A Chairperson and a Discussant, who can offer a critique of the symposium, need to be named on the proposal. The organizer of the symposium is responsible for communicating with the contributors and the conference organizer.

Please submit only one document for the symposium proposal containing first the abstract of the symposium theme followed by the abstracts for the individual papers in the symposium.

Roundtable discussions

We also welcome proposals for roundtable sessions. A roundtable session is a forum for the presentation and discussion of developmental work and research plans. Roundtable sessions are intended for focused, small-group discussions of research in progress, practitioner experiences, educational development initiatives, and issues concerning institutional effectiveness and improvement. It is recommended that at least two different countries/national perspectives be represented in the roundtable session.

The organizer of the roundtable session should submit a proposal with a plan for the discussion that includes all the following elements in a single document:

  1. The title of the roundtable
  2. An abstract describing the focus and purpose of the session and ways in which participants will be engaged (400 words or less)
  3. The names of the contributors and titles or short descriptions of their individual presentations (400 words or less in total)