PhD Symposium

EDEN PhD Symposium Lisbon 2020

The EDEN PhD Student Symposium has been designed to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students doing research in the area of technology enhanced online, digital, open and distance learning, while providing a discussion forum for the advancement of doctoral research.

The Symposium is led by a panel of international experts.

The Symposium is co-organized by Universidade Aberta Lisbon and EDEN.

The Chairs of the Symposium Committee are Professor Josep M Duart, EDEN Vice-president for research, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain and Professor Antonio Teixeira, Universidade Aberta Lisbon

The aims of the PhD Student Symposium are to:

  • Create a community for intellectual exchange and support among e-learning doctoral students researching in the area of.
  • Give and receive practical feedback on research topics or specific problems or concerns about their research with their peers.
  • Receive feedback on their research topics, problems and concerns from international experts in e-learning research who are experienced supervisors.

Call for presentations

Doctoral students in the field of e-learning and educational technology are encouraged to submit short abstracts to present an overview of their research at the PhD Student Symposium. Proposals should be related to the research topics of the actual Symposium.

PhD students must currently be studying, i.e. have had their research proposals approved but have not yet defended their theses. Preference will be given to students who have collected data to analyse. The abstract should be in English, and contain a 300-350 word description of the state of their research and a problem they would like to address in the symposium. It should include the research title, research objectives/questions and methodology.

Intended participants

The PhD Student Symposium is an open-invitation event for all PhD students and their supervisors working in the field of e-learning or educational technology. It is aimed at current doctoral students enrolled in any university, both full-time and part-time. We encourage you to take this opportunity to network with fellow researchers, discuss your research, and receive feedback from international experts and your peers.

Submission of Applications

In addition to submitting an application to the PhD Symposium, PhD students are also welcome to send submissions to the Research Workshop.

Submission deadline for contributions: 15 September 2020

Date and place of the Symposium

The next PhD Student Symposium will take place on 21 October 2020 at the Universitdade Aberta, Lisbon


If you are interested, please email to

EDEN PhD Symposia 2018 – 2020:

2020 Timisoara (Part of the EDEN Annual Conference)
23 June 2020

2019 Dublin (Part of the 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning)
3 November 2019

2019 Bruges (Part of the EDEN Annual Conference)
16 June 2019

2018 Barcelona (Part of the EDEN Research Workshop)
24 October 2018

There is no fee for the PhD Symposium. Students will enjoy FREE 2020 Research Workshop pass, but need to be registered.

Symposium presenters will receive a certificate.

The language of the symposium is English.


The selected students will give a brief presentation (between 5-10 slides) which can include one or two questions for the expert panel and/or other students. The presentation is limited to maximum of 10 minutes. At the end of each presentation, there will be a group discussion, approximately 15-20 minutes per presentation, to comment, discuss the questions raised and/or offer research advice.