Conference 2019

Arcada – University of Applied Sciences together with the Nordic research network on vocational education and training, take much pleasure in welcoming you to this year’s NordYrk 2019 conference in Helsinki, Finland.

Learning and working life competencies in a future perspective – challenges in professional education /
Lärande och arbetslivskompetens i ett framtidsperspektiv – utmaningar inom yrkesutbildningen

Date: Wednesday 12th of June – Friday 14th of June, 2019

The deadline for conference registration is 10th of April 2019 – the registration portal can be found here (opens 10.12.2018)
You can also follow us on the Facebook: Nordyrk 2019

The Conference fee is 350 € and includes:

  • Coffee and refreshments each day
  • Lunch each day
  • Get together on Wednesday evening and dinner on Thursday evening

Aspects of the theme which may be emphasised are:

• Transfer of learning between school and workplaces
• Comprehensive education and training within different arenas
• Transitions between learning contexts and between education and work.
• Cooperation between participants in different arenas (teachers, trainers, etc.)
• Digitization in school with a view to working life
• Emphasis on generic skills / core competencies in schools and workplaces
• Vocational teachers role between school and workplaces

The conference is a meeting place for those involved in research and development work in the field of vocational pedagogy and didactics.

The program will be finalized and available during February.

Key note speakers during the conference will be:

Professor Stephen Billett, Griffith University, Australia
Workplace learning in vocational education

Professor Lazaro Moreno Herrera, Stockholm University, Sweden
Professional knowing and learning

Professor Raija Hämäläinen, Jyväskylä University, Finland
Technology-enhanced learning between school and workplace/teachers and students

As in previous years, the program will consist of plenary sessions, paper presentations, symposia and workshops.


Your abstract should be submitted no later than 2nd of February 2019 to Camilla Wikström-Grotell,

The abstract should be between 300 and 400 words and contain the author’s name, email address, purpose, theoretical framework, method/research design, and (preliminary) results. Notice of acceptance will be sent by March 23rd 2019.
Please note what kind of presentation you are preparing – paper, poster, symposium, work in progress, research results etc.

Articles may, optionally, be published in The Nordic Journal of Vocational Education and Training (NJVET), normal review procedures.


The venue will be at Arcada UAS, Helsinki, Finland.

The programme starts with lunch at 12.00 noon on Wednesday 12th of June and finishes with lunch to-go on Friday 14th of June at 12.00 pm.
Get together will be at Arcada on the first evening, and on Thursday evening the dinner will be held at Prakticum, next to Arcada.


Please note that this must be arranged and paid for by participants directly to the hotel. Rooms are reserved at the following two hotels (available from week 50).

Scandic Park – single/double room per night:

Scandic Simonkenttä, Helsinki centrum – singelroom per room/night