Conference 2021

The NordYrk 2021 conference will be arranged as an online conference in cooperation with Linköping University, Sweden, June 7–9. The registration has closed, and we have 193 registered participants, whereof 127 presenters!

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Conference programme

You find an overview of the programme here!

Conference theme

The conference theme is ‘Transitions to, between and within School and Working life in Vocational Education and Training.’

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, learning supported by digital supported technology (technology enhanced learning, TEL), Augmented Realty
  • Transitional differences and similarities between the Nordic countries
  • Student identity and identification
  • Gender
  • Connections between specific and generic professional competence
  • Lifelong learning and continuing vocational and professional development


The conference keynotes speakers are:

Professor Christian Helms Jørgensen, Roskilde University, Denmark:

The future of Nordic vocational education and training – trends and scenarios.

The presentation explores future trends for the development of the Nordic VET-systems based on the historical evolution of these VET systems. Will the historical divergence of VET in the Nordic countries continue or will recent convergent reforms result in more uniform VET systems?

Associate Professor Elsa Eiríksdóttir, University of Iceland, Iceland

Workplace learning in vocational education – Why, how and what?

The presentation focuses on the purpose and practicalities of workplace learning in vocational education – why it is included, how it is implemented, and what learning takes place. Particularly in light of differing perspectives of students and workplace trainers and the context of recent reforms in Iceland.

Ecosystems of learning and VET

Ph.d., Project researcher Maarit Virolainen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland:

The presentation explores the emergence of ‘ecosystems of learning’ in educational research and discusses in what ways the related societal change and change of learning environments invites vocational education and training to develop. 

Practical information

The conference will take place on Zoom. The Zoom link is distributed to all registered participants. We will use one single link to the main Zoom room for the whole conference, and sessions with presentations will take place in breakout rooms. Registered participants will reach the sessions in breakout rooms via the main Zoom room. Detailed information about the organisation of sessions is distributed to all registered participants together with the Zoom link, and a link to our conference cloud folder where participants are able to download abstracts and posters.

Annual meeting

The annual meeting of the NordYrk network will take place on Tuesday 8 June 15.30-16.15 (CEST) in the conference Zoom room. Documents for the meeting: