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 May 2019 – the registration portal can be found here 

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 to the seminar can be found here.

Key note speakers during the conference will be:

Professor Stephen Billett, Griffith University, Australia
Towards responsive curriculum and pedagogic practices: Addressing vocational education’s emerging challenges for adaptive outcomes

Professor Lazaro Moreno Herrera, Stockholm University, Sweden
Vocational Education & Training at a cross-road – Challenges from labor market demands and industrial revolution 4.0

Professor Raija Hämäläinen, Jyväskylä University, Finland
VET adults’ problem-solving skills in technology-rich environments

As in previous years, the program will consist of plenary sessions, paper presentations, symposia and workshops. In addition to last year there will also be poster presentations poster size A1 or A0).


Your abstract should be submitted no later than 28th 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  end of March 2019.
Please note what kind of presentation you are preparing – paper, poster, symposium, work in progress, research results etc. Here is a link to how to lay up an abstract.

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. On Wednesday evening there will be a get-together and the conference dinner will be held on Thursday evening.


Please note that accommodation must be arranged and paid for by participants directly to the hotel. You can book rooms at Scandic hotels in Helsinki with the code FIARB to get the best price of the day. From the following Scandic hotels you can easily reach Arcada UAS and they are all situated downtown.
Scandic Park
Scandic Simonkenttä
Scandic Kaisaniemi
Scandic Paasi
Scandic Hakaniemi
Seurahuone Helsinki

Please note that Helsinki is a very popular place to stay in at that time. So book your stay as soon as possible.