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3rd WERA-IRN Extended Education Conference: Extended Education - Toward a Sustainable Future

September 17-19, 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland

The aim of the third WERA-IRN Extended Education conference, held in Iceland in 2020, is to explore the multiple ways in which extended education programs, research and theories help communities and individuals prepare for a sustainable future — a future that involves educating responsible and active citizens.
The United Nations Sustainable Develop-ment Goals (SDGs) inspire governments and communities around the world to transform the world, step by step. One of the SDGs is quality education for all. This conference will focus on how extended education activities are integral to ensure quality education for all, and how extended education can be aligned to, provide equal access, success and well-being for all students.
We invite educational researchers and professionals in the field of extended education to come together to ask criti-cal questions, such as: Does extended education reduce or widen the social inequites? Does extended education compensate for some gaps within tradi-tional education? How can extended education programs equip young people with skills and values to work for a sus-tainable future? What are the qualities of thriving communities and what can different stakeholders do to foster such communities? What are the values of extended education and how are those reflected in policy, practice and research? What is the role of parents and professionals in creating these sustainable goals that connect extended education, schools, health, and social services?

Conference Participants

The aim of the conference is to connect research and practice from international, national and local perspectives, and to engage researchers from different dis-ciplines such as psychology, education, sociology, youth development, and more. The conference held in Iceland provides us with the opportunity to increase stronger international connections and collaborations within the field, and to continue to advance research that can be implemented by research-informed practitioners.
Attendees will include policy-makers, educators and professionals, such as youth workers, teachers, social workers and community workers who have an interest in data, studies and innovation to bridge extended education with school learning, community-based, and/or school-based activities that help strengthen both education and communal life.


Registration will be open soon.

Call for Papers, Posters and Symposia

Please submit your papers, posters and symposia online until March 15, 2020. You can download the call for papers here. All submissions will be peer-reviewed according to the following criteria: scientific relevance, theoretical embedding, question(s), method, and results.

Organizing Committee and Contact

The organizing committee consists of Kolbrún Þ. Pálsdóttir, Árni Guðmundsson, Eygló Rúnarsdóttir, Katrín Johnson and Ruth Jörgensdóttir Rauterberg.

Please send your questions about the conference to Katrín Johnson.