Call for Contributions

Taking into account that many prospective Synergy authors have been recently busy preparing Erasmus+ applications for the KA2 deadline (31 March), after which they would deserve a work-free Easter break, we have extended the Synergy submission deadline to 10 April.


How can the progressive and innovative academic and professional international community contribute in 2015 to the better understanding of the expansion of the educational landscape?

The responsibility of the scholarly community includes widening the concept of learning and its role in society and exploiting transformative knowledge to drive social change.

We need renowned reflections of practice that support paradigm-changing transformations based on systematic knowledge.

Join the Conference in Barcelona to tell
about your research, projects and experience!

Networking and interactivity, sharing and discussion will be core aspects of the conference experience, focusing on what you can learn from and with your peers.

Submissions that relate to the Conference Scope and one or more of the Conference Themes are welcome in paper, poster, workshop and demonstration formats.

The Call for Contributions is available for download in PDF.

Submission Categories

Paper presentations can be submitted presenting research results or reviews of existing results including empirical or theoretical studies, policy reviews, comprehensive case studies, and presentation of project results, if they are in their conclusive phase.

Posters are welcome about work-in-progress, achievements of initial research, projects in early stages of development, case studies, etc. Poster presentations will be themed and moderated in related sessions and published in the Proceedings.

A limited number of workshops ? introducing a comprehensive theme from different perspectives, focused sessions on a particular topic, debates, discussions ? are invited. Priority will be given to workshop submissions which foresee integrated virtual participation (organised by the authors) via webinars.

Please note that the workshop category is usually rather competitive.

Demonstrations can showcase practical innovations, products, technologies and tools, to encourage the early exhibition of prototypes, focusing on user experience. They will offer opportunity to show and discuss, to exchange ideas and collect feedback from expert users.

Please consult the Submission Guidance about procedures and format requirements.

Synergy Strand

EDEN resumes its newest collaboration initiative. Take advantage of this special format and the prospect of meeting fellow project managers and researchers and share and discuss your EU projects and initiatives – preferably that display thematic cross sections with the Conference Themes – with your peers in the frame of the Synergy Strand.

If your initiative is not mature enough to be presented as a comprehensive research paper but has potential for development and could benefit from peer discussion and networking, we highly recommend you to submit in this category.

The Synergy Strand in Barcelona will facilitate the sharing of project outputs and research findings, offer the participants platform to develop new ideas and plans, to create new partnerships by engaging the conference audience in highly interactive working group activities during parallel sessions.

The Synergy contributions will not be subjected to the same rigorous academic peer review as paper submissions but their acceptance will be also decided by experts from the Programme Committee. Aspects of evaluation include the relevance, level of elaboration of the initiative and quality of presentation.

The short pre-formatted introductions will be published in the Creative Commons licensed Book of Projects.


Evaluation of submissions is done by double peer-review. Decisions on acceptance will be based on originality, innovation and quality of contribution, on the proposal?s relevance to the conference themes, further the proven experience of the author(s). Contributions not matching the conference themes will meanwhile also be considered if they bring new knowledge and benefit to delegates.

Acknowledgement of quality and excellence

The tradition of awarding the EDEN Conference Best Research Paper will be continued. The selection process takes place in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning.


Proposals should be written in English, please make sure that your document is spell checked and proofread before submission. Proposals are expected to make relevant contribution to the field and meet customary academic requirements. Full text submissions are awaited – abstracts are not required in advance.

Accepted contributions (with the exception of workshops and demonstrations) will be published in the electronic Conference Proceedings and their summary in the Book of Abstracts.

Please note that all fully registered conference delegates (with payments received) will gain electronic access to the pdf version of the Proceedings, the CC licensed Book of Abstracts (including the Book of Projects) two weeks before the conference.

Young Scholars Support

We are pleased to announce that EDEN’s support scheme to young scholars will be offered at the 2015 Annual Conference, following up the Young Researchers’ Scheme introduced in 2014 in Oxford thanks to the Ulrich Bernath Foundation and the Oldenburg University.

Two young researchers‘ attendance at the Conference will be supported with ?600 each and waived fee. (For young scholars, full time students and PhD students (under 35 years) a special discounted registration fee of 200 ? is offered.) The colleagues awarded should have a submission (paper or poster) accepted for presentation at the Conference.
– author of an accepted paper or poster submission,
– full time regular or PhD student under 35 years and
– sending the evidence on the student status and the applicant’s age to the Conference Secretariat  by 15 February.

Conference services for corporations

Corporate Showcases can be submitted, enabling companies to present recent developments and applications, informing on future directions and showcase their products and services. Showcases may be accompanied by small exhibitions to display companies? latest offerings of hardware, software, tools, services and books, if the company wishes to reserve an exhibit booth/stand for an extra fee.

For details about conference services for corporations, please contact: