Conference 2020

Due to the corona-pandemic, the NordYrk 2020 conference was unfortunately cancelled. The 2020 conference theme will be part of the next year’s conference. If you submitted an abstract to the NordYrk 2020 conference which was approved, you are preapproved for participation with your abstract at the 2021 conference. 

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.

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


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.

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.

Abstract submission deadline: It is no longer possible to submit abstracts to the conference.

Ultimo March 2020: approval of abstracts 

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.