Call for Proposals: ECER 2010 Conference to be held in Helsinki

author: Nik Boersma
moderator: Nik Boersma

November 13, 2009 - EERA and the University of Helsinki invite Educational Researchers to participate in and to submit proposals for the European Conference on Educational Research 2010, in Helsinki, Finland.

About the Conference

The conference theme "Education and Cultural Change" will provide a focus for the keynote addresses, for other invited events as the EERJ Roundtable and may also be taken as a reference within the conference sessions organised by the EERA networks. However, proposals for contributions are welcome from all fields of educational research. Participants are invited to hand in up to two abstracts for papers, posters, workshops, round tables and symposia.

All proposals must be handed in electronically via the online submission form. Ph.D. students and New Researchers are especially invited to participate in the Pre-conference by submitting proposals to Network 21, the Emerging Researchers- Network. Please note that unlike in previous years ECER 2010 will take place in August not September.

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If you are interested in joining the conference and the symposium proposal, contact the co-ordinator, Jukka Lehtonen no later than 15th of December, 2009: Send your abstract (max 300 words, Times New Roman, 12p. word/doc/rtf) and affiliation/contact information. The symposium proposal deadline is 15th of January, 2010.

Jukka Lehtonen
jukka.p.lehtonen @
Research co-ordinator, "Gender Awareness in Teacher Education", Department of Education, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Important Dates

Pre-Conference: 23 - 24 August 2010
Main Conference: 25 - 27 August 2010
Submission Deadline: 15 January 2010 (all proposals to be submitted online!)
Information on Review Results: 15 March 2010
Helsinki, Finland, 25.-27.8.2010.

Keynote Speakers

Floya Anthias
Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at Roehampton University, London.

Lisbeth Lundahl
Professor at the Department of Child and Youth Education, Special Education and Counselling, Teacher Education Faculty at Umeå.

Fazal Rizvi
Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US.

Submission Procedure

All submissions have to be handed in via the online submission form at the submission system, where you will first need to create a new user account.

Submission System:

Please consult the information on the format of presentations and on networks and their subthemes before handing in your submission.
Information on Networks, Formats of Presentation and Submission Guidelines are available at:

The closing date for submission will be 15 January 2010.
No late submissions will be accepted!

ECER Main Conference

The ECER is the annual conference held by the European Educational Research Association (EERA). It welcomes more than 1,500 scholars each year, representing views and research traditions from all parts of Europe and also attracting researchers from other parts of the world.

Pre-Conference for Postgraduate Students and New Researchers

The Emerging Researchers - Network within EERA organizes the annual Pre-Conference, which is free of charge. Each year the Pre-Conference attracts about 150 participants from allparts of Europe. In addition to the presentations of conference delegates, it will offer special events for New Researchers, such as a Best Paper Award and ECER conference Scholarships for PhD students from Eastern European countries and it will assist new researchers to get in touch with EERA networks. The pre-conference 2010 will include a Methodology Panel and three key-note lectures on methodological approaches and on the question "What do examiners look for when reading a thesis?"

Funded Accommodation during Pre-Conference
EERA has agreed to support accommodation costs for presenters at the pre-conference to enable all early career researchers to attend. Therefore, depending upon numbers, we have arranged for a number of hostel rooms to be available at very low cost (hopefully free) for the night from 23 - 24 August.

After the reviewing process the EERA office will let you know how to book these rooms. We hope to offer these rooms free of charge but this will depend upon some people being willing to share double rooms. EERA will also offer ECER Scholarships for Postgraduate Students from Eastern European Countries and Low GDP Countries. Applications need to include a CV, the proposal number of the ECER Pre-conference submission and a small description of your research, a motivational letter and a letter from your supervisor.

More information will soon be online at and

Conference Venue and Accomodation

The conference will take place at the University of Helsinki City Centre Campus (University main building, Fabianinkatu 33). Please note that the conference is held during the Helsinki Festival: this will have an effect on the availability of hotel rooms. The earlier you book a room, the better. The local organising committee provides an online booking form for hotels and will be glad to help you with your reservation.

Booking Plattform

The Association

EERA was founded in 1994 to promote educational research in Europe through fostering cooperation between European associations and institutes of educational research, and international government organisations. It is organized as an umbrella organization and only allows institutional membership.

Please note, scholars who have joined one of the EERA member associations are entitled to reduced conference fees.

Find a list of EERA member associations at: