Conference 2020

University College Copenhagen together with the Nordic Research Network on Vocational Education and Training (NordYrk) takes much pleasure in welcoming you to this year’s NORDYRK 2020 – 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Date: Wednesday 10th – Friday 12th of June 2020.
Location: University College Copenhagen, Humletorvet 3, 1799 København

Conference theme

Transitions to, within, and from school to work life in the Vocational Education and Training programmes. Click here for a description of the conference theme.

Click here for at description of the conference theme in danish

Program: The conference program starts with lunch at 12:00 noon on Wednesday 10th of June and finishes with lunch to-go on Friday 12th of June at 12:00 pm. Find the full conference program here

Click here to sign up for NordYrk 2020
Final registration: May 1st, 2020

The conference fee is 375€ (incl. VAT) and includes:

  • Coffee and refreshments each day
  • Lunch each day and dinner Wednesday and Thursday
  • Conference dinner at Copenhagen Hospitality College thursday evening
  • Visit to Future Classroom and guided tour at Carlsberg byen

Key aspects of the conference theme are:

  • Transfer and connection between school and work
  • Transfer and connection between theory and practice
  • Cooperation between teachers, trainers and other key participants in VET
  • Digital media, digital supported learning (distance learning, Virtual reality, Augmented Realty etc.)
  • Transitional differences and similarities between the Nordic countries
  • Student identity and identification
  • Gender
  • Connection between specific and generic professional competences

A List of all abstracts with the description will later be found here. The conference will consist of plenary sessions, paper presentations, workshops and symposiums.


The conference keynotes speakers are:

Professor Christian Helms Jørgensen, Roskilde University, Denmark: The future of Nordic vocational education and training – trends and scenarios.

Associate Professor Elsa Eiríksdóttir, University of Iceland, Iceland: Transitions between school- and work-based learning in VET: Program coherence and competencies developed.

Ph.d., Postdoc Maarit Virolainen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland: Networks or ecosystems between vocational education and training and the world of work and transitions from school to work life.

Important dates

March 2th, 2020: Abstract submission deadline. Please submit your abstract using the conference abstract template at this e-mail address:

The conference abstract template can be found here: conference abstract template

You can submit your abstract in one of the Nordic languages or in English.
When submitting please titel your abstract with name and / or titel of abstract. Information about deadline for registration for the conference will be updated here as soon as possible.

Ultimo March 2020: approval of abstracts 

May 1st, 2020: Final registration


Please note that Copenhagen is very popular in the summer time and that the conference is taking place at the same time as UEFA EURO 2020 in Copenhagen, so book your stay as soon as possible, as hotel rooms are running out fast.

We have managed to get af deal with First Hotel Copenhagen. Use the booking code FHFBD and get a discount – The booking code can be used for all three First Hotels in Copenhagen.

Conference organizer team

Niels Henrik Helms, University College Copenhagen:

Susanne Gottlieb, Aarhus University,

Arnt Louw, Aalborg University,

Questions or practical information: Anna Palshof, University College Copenhagen:

We are looking forward to seeing you at the NordYrk 2020 – 10 years anniversary conference in Copenhagen this summer.