About the Conference


Due to the global increased prevalence of the COVID-19, The EARLI SIG17-Team is actively monitoring the current situation. As of now, there is no change to our plans regarding the conference. In the event of an emergency, we would also like to refer to our refund-policies: The conference fee will be entirely reimbursed, if you will be in a locked down area or Vienna is going to be a locked down area by the time of the conference.

Meanwhile, we would like to share the following information so that you can be fully versed in the situation of the virus and precautions you can take to prevent its spread.

A live-tracker of the spread of the disease from Johns Hopkins University

The latest updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) on the virus

WHO’s recommendations for the public to reduce exposure

The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations for traveling

We will keep you updated if any changes occur!


Tidying the toolbox: trials, blunders, and challenges overcome in research on learning and education

Published papers often seem to have research designs and methods that are ideally suited to their studies. Yet, research rarely happens with perfectly executed methods or starts out with optimal designs. Instead, it is littered with dashed hopes, rusty tools, and challenges that are met and bested. The EARLI SIG17 2020 conference seeks to enable open discussions about what happens when the best-laid plans of researchers in learning and education meet reality. The aim will be to open up the research process: which methods worked out, which ones proved wanting, and what did we learn when we used them? Which designs did we attempt, and how could we improve them for future studies? What advice would we give to the junior or senior colleagues who might want to use similar methods or designs in future?

The conference aims to inspire submissions from the full range of methodological approaches. It will include mentoring opportunities for JURE members, as well as plenary sessions where senior colleagues discuss how they go about the ‘craft’ of research.

We seek abstract proposals that adopt a conceptual, methodological, or empirical lens on research methods, and that relate to the theme above. They can be about any research design or method used in research on learning and education, whether qualitative, quantitative, of mixed. We warmly welcome submissions from JURE members, who will benefit from in-depth discussions on the challenges involved in different research approaches, and equally invite members of other EARLI SIGs to join the debate.

Potential presenters can submit abstract proposals for symposium, individual paper, poster, research ‘fail’, and workshop sessions. The format that proposals should take is addressed in the ‘Session types’ page. Proposals should be sent to http://submit.sig17.net/ by 16/02/2020

If you have any further questions, drop us a line at hello@sig17.net

Important Dates

February 16, 2020 Submissions due
March 1, 2020 Notification of Review Outcomes
May 1, 2020Early Bird Registration deadline
June 14, 2020Main Registration deadline
September 4, 2020Late Registration deadline
September 8, 2020Social Network Analysis Colloquium
September 9-10, 2020 Conference: On-site registration
September 11, 2020 Post-Conference Workshops

We are very much looking forward to receiving your submissions and welcoming you all in Vienna in September 2020!

Dominik, Jasperina, and Marc (SIG17 coordinators)