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Paderborn University, Building Q, Photo: Johannes Pauly

Paderborn University, Campus, Photo: Johannes Pauly

Paderborn University, Campus, Photo: Simon Ratmann

EARLI SIG14 Conference 2022

In 2022, Paderborn University is host of the bi-annual conference of the EARLI Special Interest Group 14 “Learning and Professional Development” (SIG14). The SIG14 brings together a variety of researchers with different backgrounds that devote themselves to studying work and education as contexts for professional learning and development. Typical research topics that are covered by affiliates of EARLI SIG14 are:

  • Theories and methodologies for the study of professional learning and development;
  • constraints and affordances of professional learning and work identities;
  • vocational education and training in schooling and working life contexts;
  • learning during and through work;
  • adult learning processes within the context of work.

Members of the SIG14 and other scholars interested in these topics meet every two years for a designated three day conference. The first meeting took place in the year 2002, meaning that we will celebrate the conference's 20 years anniversary in Paderborn. Coincidentally, Paderborn University will celebrate its 50 years birthday at the same time, making this a particular opportunity to both look back at what has been achieved during the years and get inspired for the next 20 or 50 years ahead of us.

For this purpose, a platform for discussion and professional exchange is provided. A range of different presentation formats including keynote lectures, thematic symposia, single paper presentations, poster presentations and others are planned during the conference. A more concrete call for presentations will be published shortly.

Information in a nutshell

Time plan

The conference will take place on three consecutive days between Wednesday, 17th August and Friday, 19th August 2022. It is planned for the conference to officially start on Wednesday morning and end on Friday afternoon (see below for the rough timeframe). This should give you the opportunity to comfortably arrange your travels. Just before the start of the conference, an informal gathering will be held on Tuesday evening (16th August).

  • Conference start: 9:00 am on Wednesday, August 17th 
  • Conference ending: The last session on Friday, August 19th will end at around 3:30 pm with an official farewell afterwards (until about 4:15 pm). 

The detailed preliminary programme can be found here.

Other important deadlines can be found here.


The conference will be hosted in Paderborn by Paderborn University. Paderborn, a city with about 144.000 inhabitants, is located in the federal state of North Rhine-Westfalia in the western part of Germany. The university is home to a little more than 20.000 students. It has a strong focus on digitalisation and technology but also serves as a large initial teacher training institution. Almost all university buildings can be found on its compact campus. The conference itself will take place in the L-Building, one of the university's modern buildings. 

Paderborn is a former medieval city with 1200 years of history. Probably the most iconic landmarks of the city are its Cathedral as well as the more than 200 springs in the city centre that give birth to the river Pader, which is infamous for being the shortest river of Germany.

Covid-19 hygiene measures

It is still unclear, in how far the EARLI SIG14 conference in Paderborn will be affected by the current Covid-19 pandemic. Although we hope that by August 2022 the situation will be under control and people will be vaccinated, we are still putting up a hygiene concept just in case, to allow all attendees a safe and pleasant conference experience. The following measures are planned:

  • Sufficiently distributed disinfectant.
  • Spacious rooms that can be ventilated.
  • Outside areas for informal gatherings using marquees.
  • ...

Your safety is one of our most important concerns during the ongoing conference planning.

Travel information

Travelling to Paderborn can be done by plane, train, bus or car. The small local airport, Paderborn-Lippstadt (PAD), is a 20-minute car or bus ride away and can be reached from Munich Airport (MUC). With being a 2-hour train ride away, Düsseldorf airport (DUS) is the closest international airport. You might also want to check out Hannover airport (HAJ). Apart from that, several long-distance and regional trains, as well as bus lines can be used to reach Paderborn. The train station is conveniently located within a 10-minute walking distance from the city centre and around a 30-minute walk away from the university (or 15-minute bus ride). Unfortunately, the train station will be under construction at the time of the conference but the trains run regularly.

Local organising committee

The local organising committee consists of Prof. Dr. Christian HarteisDr. Carina Caruso, Stephan DrechslerDr. Dagmar FestnerDr. Michael Goller, Christiane Müller, and Bianca Steffen, who are all working at the Institute of Educational Science at the Paderborn University. This team is actively supported by Sebastian Anselmann, who serves as SIG14 JURE Coordinator and works at the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd.

Please feel free to contact us with every kind of inquiry.

Feel free to explore the conference homepage via the menu above.

Important dates
  • Registration opens: 1. April 2022
  • Early bird registration deadline: 31. May 2022
  • Presenter registration deadline: 30. June 2022
  • Conference dates: 17. - 19. August 2022


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