CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

Call for contributions

We invite submissions from researchers, ministry representatives, and other stakeholders interested in sharing their analyses and experiences related to EUROSTUDENT as well as EUROSTUDENT-related topics.

Expected contributions can broadly be classified into data-based and policy-oriented, although the line is not strict, and the assessment is left up to the contributors.

Topics

EUROSTUDENT covers a wide range of topics related to students, broadly covering the entire student life cycle from entry into higher education to assessment of studies and future plans. Temporary international student mobility is another topic which is broadly covered in EUROSTUDENT.

Main EUROSTUDENT topics
  • Characteristics of student populations
  • Students’ socio-economic and/or educational background
  • Access paths and qualification (incl. recognition of prior learning)
  • Types and modes of study (incl. HE types, short-cycle programmes, full-time/part time students, interruptions of study)
  • Time budget of students
  • Employment and paid work
  • Students’ resources, incl. public support
  • Students’ expenses
  • Housing situation of students
  • International student mobility

Research-oriented contributions

Research-based contributions from a wide range of disciplines, such as sociology, political science, administrative science, education science, economics, or psychology, are welcome.

Within the wide range of EUROSTUDENT topics, different thematic contributions are welcome:
  • Contributions focussing on one of these topics and exploring it – or an aspect of it - in-depth either from a research or a policy perspective
  • as well as contributions focusing on a particular group of students and analysing their situation with regard to one or several of the topics.
In the context of the conference, contributions taking on one of the following perspectives are particularly encouraged:
  • contributions taking on a comparative perspective in their analyses, thus shedding light on how the students’ situations are shaped by national context
  • contributions adopting a cross-sectional approach, exploring the interdependencies between different student characteristics
  • contributions based on multivariate analyses; ideally taking into account context-level variables
  • Contributions based on a sound theoretical framework which is related to the analyses and findings.
  • contributions based on qualitative studies which show a way of complementing the quantitative EUROSTUDENT data

Policy-oriented contributions

Aside from contributions based on in-depth analyses of EUROSTUDENT data, participants are also invited to submit contributions sharing their reflections and experiences on the role of EUROSTUDENT at the national and international level.

Different kinds of contributions are welcome:
  • Contributions describing the role (national) EUROSTUDENT data plays in national structures/strategies/plans
  • Concrete examples of measures developed/implemented inspired by of (national) EUROSTUDENT data
  • Contributions sharing good practices and/or lessons learnt in regard to (national) EUROSTUDENT organisation, execution, or dissemination, e.g. examples of dissemination strategies, reporting structures, governance structures, and/or student involvement
  • Analyses of the broader policy context surrounding EUROSTUDENT (Bologna Process, social dimension,…)

Formats

Participants are asked to indicate the desired format for their contributions. Planned formats differ mainly in length, with the shorter “impulse input” format designed specifically to facilitate the sharing of individual thoughts and ideas that may not be suited for a full presentation.

Thematic Sessions and roundtable discussions initiated by participants create opportunities to set a thematic focus during the conference by bringing together several contributions focused on one topic, or proposing a topic for discussion. The organisation committee is furthermore open to further ideas and suggestions.

  • Different types of oral presentations are invited.

    • Oral presentations (length of around 15-20 minutes, exact length will be communicated when session planning is completed). These resemble the kind of presentation typically found at conferences and are ideally suited to presenting a comprehensive overview e.g. of a (research) question and corresponding findings, large national frameworks, etc.. The organisational committee aims to bundle related oral presentations into one session under a common heading based on the contributions received in order to encourage and facilitate discussion of the presented material.

    • Impulse inputs are shorter contributions which aim to briefly present an idea, a good practice example, or a question. Participants may feel that the most interesting or pressing matter is not “big enough” for a full presentation. Often, however, the little things in particular can inspire the most discussions, or be the most helpful to others. “Impulse inputs” therefore provide the chance to share with other participants ideas, good practice examples, and/or questions. The input should last around five minutes, with ten minutes for questions and discussions and can take any format the presenter finds fitting (e.g. with or without slides, based on handouts/materials, poster presentation,…). The organisational committee aims to bundle related impulse inputs into one session under a common heading based on the contributions received.

  • Session ideas. Please propose any of the following (or something else!)

    • Thematic session
      • Instead of waiting for the organising committee to group contributions together, submissions can propose a thematic session of around 90 minutes (typically 3-4 presentations) focusing on the same topic. For this type of thematic session, please send a short overall abstract for the entire session, indicating the session chair/moderator, as well as individual abstracts for each contribution.

    • Round table discussion
      • Do you have a good idea for a EUROSTUDENT-related discussion you would like to hear conference participants talk about? Make it happen and propose to moderate a round table discussion!

    • We are also open to any other ideas you might have. Slots typically last around 90 minutes – if you have a good idea of which you would like to take charge that has not been mentioned, please submit a short proposal!

    Projector and laptop as well as a flipchart will be available.

Deadlines

  • October 31st: Submission deadline for contributions. Participants will be notified by the end of the year of the status of their contribution.
  • Registration will be open from October 2017 – January 31st, 2018

Submission instructions

Please send your proposals for contributions using the following templates to eurostudent@dzhw.eu until October 31st, 2017. You will be notified of acceptance by mid-December 2017.

Templates: