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 Conference fee is 350 € and includes:

  • Coffee and refreshments each day
  • Lunch each day
  • Get together on Wednesday evening at the Danish Embassy and dinner on Thursday evening at Restaurant Töölönranta.

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. All the sessions can be found under this link.

Key note speakers during the conference will be:

Professor Stephen Billett, Griffith University, Australia
Stephen Billett presentation

Professor Lazaro Moreno Herrera, Stockholm University, Sweden
Lazaro Moreno presentation

Professor Raija Hämäläinen, Jyväskylä University, Finland
Raija Hämäläinen presentation

As in previous years, the program will consist of plenary sessions, paper presentations (15 min presentation, 15 min questions), symposia and workshops. In addition to last year there will also be poster presentations (poster size A1 or A0 standning).


List of all abstracts with the descriptions can be found here.

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

Social Media

Wifi is Arcada VIP and password ThejDef8

Nordyrk 2019 Facebook event page can be found here. In this page you will find useful information for your stay in Helsinki. It is also a place where you are able to make connections. When using Twitter please use #nordyrk2019.


The venue will be at Arcada UAS, Jan-Magnus Janssonsplats 1, 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 at the Danish Embassy and the conference dinner will be held on Thursday evening at Restaurant Töölönranta.


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.