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

Reykjavik 2021

Reykjavik 2021

ONLINE CONFERENCE: September 2021 in Reykjavik, Iceland

In light of developments of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, the Icelandic conference committee, along with the network chairs, has come to the conclusion that the only option is to postpone the WERA-IRN 2020 Reykjavik Conference, originally scheduled for September 2020, for one year.

The new WERA-IRN Extended Education Conference will be held in Reykjavík, Iceland,
September 23 - 25, 2021 as an ONLINE CONFERENCE!

Call for Papers and Posters

A first call was open to submissions until March 15, 2020. The accepted submissions from 2020 will be valid and welcomed in 2021.

We wish to inform you that Katrín Johnson,Team Iceland, now welcomes additional abstract submissions for papers. The conference team is particularly interested in research focussing on the impact of COVID-19 related to extended education. Please do spread the word if you know someone who may be interested.

We also would like to announce that young researchers are especially encouraged to submit an abstract, either for a paper- or a poster-presentation, pertaining to extended education. The submission deadline is April 1, 2021.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed according to the following criteria: scientific relevance, theoretical embedding, question(s), method, and results.

Aim of the Conference

The aim of the third WERA-IRN Extended Education virtual conference that will be held in Iceland 23 - 25 September, 2021, 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 Development 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 critical questions such as: Does extended education reduce or widen the social inequites? Does extended education compensate for some gaps within traditional education? How can extended education programs equip young people with skills and values to work for a sustainable future? What are the qualities of thriving communities? 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 disciplines 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 collaboration within the field and to continue advancing research which 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. The goal is to look at extended education as a bridge between school learning, community-based, and/or school-based activities that help strengthen both education and communal life.

Registration is now open


Early Bird

(until July 31, 2021)


Standard 210€ 250€
Student 100€ 100€

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.

Related Links

Conference Website