Dear EDEN Members, Partners, Friends,

With less than three weeks ahead, we are excitedly awaiting your attendance at the 29th EDEN 2020 Virtual Annual Conference on 22-24 June.

The conference will be hosted by the Politehnica University, Timisoara, Romania’s European Capital of Culture in 2021.


The detailed conference programme will be published early next week.

A selection of interesting workshops from the programme:

  • 50 Years of Open and Distance Learning: The Open University, UK a retrospective
  • Creating contemporary learning environments for digitally competent teachers 
  • Inclusion through AI: Inspiring international digital education models in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic               
  • How to manage the onslaught of information and fake news? Digital Literacy and Critical Thinking as antibodies for the 2019-nCoV ‘infodemic’            
  • Leading Online Transformation: Institutional Planning, Strategies, Practices, and Policies for the Post-Covid-19 World   
  • Stop designing online courses. Start designing online learning experiences.
  • A European Ethical Reference Framework for AI and Big Data in Higher Education
  • Martin Dougiamas. Moodle CEO with Diana Andone will feature the session about Open Education Technologies – impact and perspectives

PhD Symposium

The PhD Symposium will be organized again as part of the EDEN Annual Conference. Young scholars will present their achievements and discuss with EDEN Senior researchers. A special session will feature the themes:

  • Research Methodology and Publication in Open Access Journals.

The Conference will be carried out with online presentations using an online platform. We aim at creating an engaging virtual event that will be rewarding for both presenters and attendees.

Besides the acclaimed, traditional sections such as Plenary sessions, Workshops, Posters, Demonstrations, the Synergy brainstorming and the PhD Symposium, one of the highlights of the event will be the MicroHE Conference.

The syllabus of the EDEN 2020 Annual Virtual Conference will be rooted in the experiences of EDEN’s currently running, successful webinar series:  Education in time of a pandemic. #onlinetogether #covid19. The panel of distinguished keynote speakers has been updated as follows:

Daniella Rus
Daniela Rus is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL); and Deputy Dean of Research for Schwarzman College of Computing at MIT. Rus’ research interests are in robotics, artificial intelligence, and data science.


Georgi Dimitrov
Deputy Head of Unit “Innovation and EIT” and Project Team leader of the “Digital Education Action Plan update” at the European Commission


Jesus G. Boticario
Full Professor (CS. and Artificial Intelligence) at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), who will give his presentation on the topic “Massive Deployment of Artificial Intelligence at Higher Education Institutions”.


Prof. Demetrios Sampson
Professor, Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus.
Demetrios Sampson is engaged in teaching and research in the field of Learning Technologies and Digital Learning since 1996. He is the co-author of 350 articles in scientific books, journals, and conferences, and the editor of 15 books, 35 special issues in academic journals and 40 international conference proceedings, with more than 6000 citations

Martin Dougiamas
CEO, Moodle, Australia.
Martin Dougiamas is the founder and CEO of the open-source Moodle software project launched in 1999. He continues to guide and grow the enterprise with the support of 80 employees globally and two major offices in Perth, Australia and Barcelona, Spain. 

Prof. Denise Whitelock
Interim Director for the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University..
Professor Denise Whitelock is the interim Director for the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University.  She is a Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning and has over twenty-five years’ experience in Artificial Intelligence for designing, researching and evaluating online and computer-based learning in Higher Education.  

As you can see upon registration, conference fees are kept reasonably low and young scholars can apply for waived fees.
The double-blind peer reviewed papers will be published in the electronic Conference Proceedings with ISSN, discovered and linked by Google and Google Scholar, Alma (ProQuest), EBSCO Discovery Services (EDS), with further indexing via the Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL).
We look forward to see you online on 22-24 June!