Call for papers


The abstract submission is now closed.

Notications of acceptance/rejection will be sent to all abstract submitters by 15 December 2016.



These guidelines encompass the proposals for paper presentations, symposia, posters and roundtables.

A NERA proposal for presentation must be written in English, have an abstract of 500 words or less and should include the following sections:

Research topic/aim
Theoretical framework
Methodology/research design
Expected conclusions/findings
Relevance for Nordic educational research

When you submit your abstract you can choose one of the following types of presentation:

Paper presentation
A paper presents ongoing or completed research and is presented in a paper session consisting of oral presentations and a discussion of papers. Time frame of each paper presentation is 20-30 minutes including presentations and discussions. Max. 4 papers will be presented in each parallel session. Presenters are encouraged to bring full papers to the session. In the abstract submission, it must be specified to which NERA network the author wants to present the paper. For further information about the networks, see more on NERA’s homepage. A conference attendee will be limited to present a maximum of two papers (as a first author) at the NERA congress.

A symposium session builds on a theme and is proposed and planned by a symposium organiser.The papers focus on a common theme. A symposium has a chair (often the organiser) and one or more discussants, who have read the papers in advance. Some symposia will overlap more than one session. The symposium organizer will decide how the symposium is to be organised and the time allotment for each presentation. It is recommended that at least two different countries/national perspectives are represented in the symposium.

The organizer of the symposium should submit a symposium proposal (as organiser’s text) with a plan for the symposium including all of the following elements in one document

1.    The title of the symposium,
2.    An abstract describing the entire symposium (500 words or less),
3.    The names of the contributors, titles of their presentations and their abstracts (each 500 words or less)

Please upload one document in the abstract submission containing first the abstract of the symposium proposal followed by the abstracts  for the presentations in the symposium.

Roundtable discussions
A roundtable session is a forum for the presentation and discussion of developmental work and research plans. Roundtable sessions are intended for focused discussions in small groups of research in progress, practitioner experiences, educational improvement initiatives and issues in institutional effectiveness and improvement.

The organizer of the Roundtable discussions submits a proposal (as organizer’s text) with a plan for the Roundtable including including all of the following elements in one document:

1.    The title of the Roundtable
2.    An abstract describing the entire Roundtable (500 words or less)
3.    The names of the contributors and their abstracts of their position papers (each 500 words or less)

The abstract proposal must describe the focus and purpose of the session and ways in which participants will be engaged. In the abstract it shall be specified to which NERA network the presentation is assigned. The abstracts of the contributors’ position papers should be included in the same document as the abstract of the roundtable proposal and uploaded in the abstract system.

Poster sessions
Poster sessions offer a more informal opportunity to present a project visually rather than orally by means of a poster. During poster sessions, participants peruse poster stations, a format maximizing interaction between participants and presenters.
The abstract proposal (500 words or less) must describe the focus of the poster. In the abstract, it must be specified to which NERA network the poster is assigned. Posters should be prepared for the Conference in A0 portrait (84.1 cm wide × 118.9 cm high).

Most of the presentations at the NERA congress will be within the themes of the NERA networks.
The congress language is English.

If you have any questions, please contact the NERA 2017 Congress Secretariat at