Conference 2023

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

Submission of abstracts has closed, but registration is now open! See information and link below! Deadline for abstracts was 15 February 2023. Deadline for registration is 1 May 2023, with an “early bird” deadline by 1 April.


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


Detailed programme for the conference will be published in Spring 2023, including information about Ph.D meeting and social programme.


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 is now open. Register here!

Conference fee

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

After 15 March 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, and more information will be posted.

  1. Visit to Årstad Upper Secondary School, Vocational Programmes
  2. Bryggens Museum