Conference 2023

The NordYrk Conference 2023 took place at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), Campus Kronstad, Bergen, Norway, 7–9 June. The conference theme was The role of ‘Bildung’ in vocational education and training and professional higher education.

You can find all the information from the conference below, including the book of abstracts and the programme. But first the presentations from the three keynotes, which you can read (click on the name) or download here:

Keynote presentations

Find your way

Find the way to Campus Kronstad here!

Information about how to find the way from the airport to Campus Kronstad and to the city centre here.

(You can take the city light rail (Bybanen) from the airport directly to the stop Kronstad or to the city Centre for NOK 40! See more information below about travelling!)

Book of abstracts

The book of abstracts is now available to read / download here:

(Revised version 6 June, with minor amendments.)


There are links in the programme to maps for the activities outside Campus Kronstad!

The detailed session programme follows directly after the overview programme!

7 June

09.45 – Registration opens

11.15 – 12.00 Lunch

12.00 – 12.15  Opening of the conference (B117)

12.15 – 13.15  Keynote (B117): Associate professor Grethe Nina Hestholm, Western Norway University of Applied Science, Seeing Bildung in the light of Luce Irigaray’s philosophy.

13.15 – 13.45  Coffee break

13.45 – 15.15  Parallel session 1

15.30 – 16.15  Annual meeting of NordYrk network (B117)

17.00 –        City reception at Permanenten / KODE 1 (Museum in city centre)

8 June

09.00 – 10.00 Keynote (B117): Professor Dr Philipp Gonon, University of Zurich, The aspiration for Bildung in vocational and adult learning – a look back and forward.

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee break – Poster presentations (altogether six)

10.30 – 12.00 Parallel session 2

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch, PhD network meeting (lunch meeting in B117)

13.00 – 14.30 Parallel session 3

14.30 – 15.00 Coffee break – Poster presentations (altogether six)

15.00 – 16.30 Parallel session 4

17.00 – 18.00 Social programme: 1) Visit to Årstad Upper Secondary School, Vocational Programmes, or 2) Bryggen Guided Walking tour (see information below about the alternatives, please sign up for your choice!) Group A and B meet outside Bryggens Museum. Group C and D meet by Julehuset.

19.30 – Conference dinner at Grand Bergen, Ole Bulls plass 1, in the middle of the city centre (Please bring your NordYrk conference id card, received at the registration!)

9 June 

09.00 – 10.30 Parallel session 5

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00 Keynote (B117): Dr Ruhi Tyson, Stockholm University, Vocational Bildung: Philosophical perspective and practical considerations.

12.00 – 12.30 Closing session (B117)

12.30 – Grab and go lunch.

Session programme

The detailed programme for the parallel sessions (version 6 June) is available here:

Annual meeting

The annual meeting of the NordYrk network will be held Wednesday 7 June at 15.30 (see conference programme above). Agenda and proposals for the meeting:


Presentations could concern any aspects of VET, and we hope the conference theme The role of Bildung in VET and HE will serve as an inspiration!  

There will be 4 presentation formats: 

  • Paper
  • Poster
  • Workshop
  • Symposium

Paper session

90 minutes with three papers presented: 20 minutes presentation + 10 minutes discussion per paper, steered by a chair.


Poster presentations at scheduled times during the conference. Format: Physical/ traditional poster and digital poster/films.


Presentation, which is a more interactive session of 90 minutes, involving the participants


90 minutes presentation coordinated by a group, presenting their work (research, developmental project, work-in-progress, finished projects). The abstract should indicate what type of work that is presented.


Papers and presentations will be in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and English. Each session will include presentations either in English or in Nordic languages, i.e., English, and Nordic languages are not mixed in the same session.

If you have questions concerning your submissions, please contact the organisers via

Conference theme: The role of ‘Bildung’ in vocational education and training and professional higher education

Historically, the role of Bildung in vocational education training (VET) has been under pressure. Other drivers in society such as the economy, the demands of the labour market and efficacy have competed for a stronger position in education. However, the complexity of the societies has increased, and it is important to enhance discussion about VET and its practices in relation to Bildung.

Contemporary societies often put emphasis to academic education, as the labour market and businesses demand further and higher education and reskilling to enable adaptation in the latest technology, digitalization, and innovations. From the global perspective, transversal and generic skills are prioritized. The tensions between specific and generic competence are often polarized between the “vocational” and “academic,” or between practice and theory. Unfortunately, vocational competence is often understood as something in contrast to academic skills. When this seemingly oppositional perspective is taken, it might blur the concept of Bildung.

We think it is important to vitalize discussions about competencies needed in education and working life, as well as the relation between primary goals and specific vocational goals in VET and their consequences for VET and for professional higher education (HE) in practice.

Learning at work and in school-based VET/HE can be not only democratic, educating and liberating, but also authoritarian, rigid, and even suppressing. Therefore, we would like to promote discussion about the role of Bildung in VET and give room in the NordYrk conference for questions such as: How do teachers and teacher training open for dialogues and reflection? Are we leading VET and HE students into obedient instrumentalism? Do we promote VET students` understanding of their vocational position, and at the same time provide insight into a multitude of learning cultures and into the society? What are the relations between superior goals and learning aims to VET and what might be the consequences of these tensions in vocational practice? How do businesses and work life influence the interpretation of relevant subjects for VET and HE?

The Nordyrk steering committee hopes these questions inspire active discussions at the 2023 Nordyrk conference and welcomes contributions with different perspectives about Bildung in VET and HE, as well as contributions concerning the overall aims for the Nordyrk network.


We are proud to present three keynote speakers that have accepted to contribute at the conference:

Ph.D./post doctor Grethe Nina Hestholm, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Ph.D. Ruhi Tyson, Stockholm University

Prof. Dr. Philipp Gonon, University of Zurich


There are direct flight connections to Bergen from Oslo, Trondheim, Copenhagen and Stockholm (also via Oslo), from Reykjavik via Oslo, and from Helsinki via Oslo/Stockholm/Copenhagen.

You can also go by train from Oslo across the mountains and fjord landscape, as a pleasant journey (takes approximately 6,5–7 hours). 

From Bergen airport, Flesland, there are direct buses, Flybussen (20–30 minutes), or “Bybanen”/tram line 1 (50 minutes) to Bergen city.

Tickets can be purchased in the SKYSS app (tram) for Flybussen

More information about travelling: Transport & Travel –

Conference Venue

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Campus Bergen. 

Address: Inndalsveien 28, 5063 Bergen


At your service in Bergen:


Phone number: (+47) 55 58 58 00, Opening hours: Monday – Friday 08.00–15.00. 

Traveling to Campus Kronstad: You can take the direct tram line 1 or 2 from Bergen city (10 minutes) to Campus Kronstad.

There is restricted parking at campus, and the tram is the easiest transport. 


All participants book their own accommodation. There are many hotels in Bergen city, and we recommend staying in the city.

We also strongly recommend booking in advance since June is a busy time of the year due to tourism and festivals in Bergen.

Hotel Terminus and Hotel Zander K

Hotel Terminus,, and Hotel Zander K,, have reserved several rooms for participants until 18 April 2023. Single room including breakfast NOK 1690,- pr night. 

Booking: Code 4049850, Code 127988

Hotel Scandic Ørnen

Room including breakfast buffet:
1890 NOK incl. VAT. per day

How do I book a room at Scandic Ørnen?
Room reservations can be made on the Scandic Ørnen hotel website, using this booking referenceBHOE070623

By making the reservation no later than 18 April you can book room at this hotel – given rooms left. (After this date any available rooms will be released to the ordinary market for anyone to book).

The hotel is located in the city center, close to public transport hubs at Bystasjonen/Bergen storsenter.

Check also:

Hotels in Bergen –

Registration and Conference fee

Registration has closed. (If you have an accepted abstract but have forgotten to register, please contact the conference organisers for information concerning if this is still possible.)

Conference fee

Early Bird NOK 3700,-, deadline 1 April 2023.

After 1 April NOK 4100,-, deadline 1 May 2023.


For any questions, please send e-mail to

About Bergen

Bergen is one of the oldest towns in Norway and has a rich history. If you want to explore Bergen, you will find some information to start with at Visit Bergen:

Bergen International Festival, a hub for the Northern European arts scene, takes place from 24 May to 07 June.

Bergen map:

Social programme 8 June

The conference organises two alternatives for social programme:

  1. Visit to Årstad Upper Secondary School, Vocational Programmes
  2. Bryggen Guided Walking tour

See more information below! You need to sign up for your choice. Check e-mail sent from the NordYrk organiser to all registered participants, where you will find all information you need to sign up!

8 June between 17.00 and 18.00 we have the pleasure of offering conference participants to participate in one of two different social activities. Participation is of course voluntary.

Sign up for your preferred activity now – note that there are limited places on the guided tour!

Visit to Årstad Upper Secondary School

Get to know the Vocational Programmes at Årstad Upper Secondary School. The school has undergone extensive rehabilitation over the past years to offer up to date learning facilities and workshops adapted to the many and varied vocational education programmes. ÅUSS is also involved in several development projects related to student participation and engagement. ÅUSS will present and guide us through the different workshops and learning facilities as well as present their educational philosophy.

Get a visual impression of the school, facilities and programmes 
The school is located at Danmarksplass, less than a kilometer from the HVL campus.  2 min with tram, direction Bergen city centre.

Where to meet?
We meet by the main entrance:
Årstad School at Google Maps

Contact person: Åse N. Bruvik

Bryggen Guided Walking tour (limited places)

Join us for a historical walk through Bryggen’s past, from Bryggens Museum through the antiquarian wooden buildings at Bryggen. Learn about Bergen’s earliest history and get insight to the life of people in medieval Bergen.
Bryggen is perhaps the most iconic symbol of Bergen and is included in Unesco’s list of world cultural heritage. Professional guides from Bymuseet are ready to welcome you.

Where to meet?
Group A and B: outside Bryggens Museum
Group C and D: Nikolaikirkeallmenningen, by “Julehuset”

Contact person: Kjersti Hovland