EARLI 2023




"Education as a hope in uncertain times"


We are living in times when seemingly apparent certainties appear to be challenged by phenomena such as technological advancements, rapid transformations of the labor market, ‘redefinition’ of human communication, migration and population mobility for several reasons, socioeconomic downturns, political instability, and democratic citizenship under dispute. Education per se is constantly changing, modifying or redefining learning and teaching environments from very early age through the life span.

In addition to all the above challenges, the COVID-19 pandemic that we currently experience has induced unprecedented changes in human life and further increased the uncertainty on a worldwide scale. Education was highly disrupted and the learning process massively changed from face-to-face to online. Students, teachers, and parents face several challenges, in coping with the aforementioned changes and in adapting to these new societal, economic, and educational settings either as individuals or as contexts for others.

Educational researchers encounter the challenge to decode the increased complexity of educational processes at times of global change and uncertainty and to build partnership networks with educational policy makers in order to support them introduce theory- and evidence-based contextualized reforms. However, under this uncertainty, education can be our hope for the future. Hope that schools (including all institutions providing education for all age groups) will be able not only to provide knowledge, but mainly to foster the skills to evaluate, critically think and acquire knowledge from various sources. Hope that schools will educate cognitively, metacognitively and motivationally active students, who can choose meaningful learning goals, plan, and monitor their learning behavior, strive towards desired goals attainment, produce novel ideas, provide creative and environment-friendly solutions. Hope that schools will promote socio-emotional competencies such as communication and collaboration skills, intercultural understanding, conflict resolution, intrinsic motivation, emotional understanding and regulation, psychological well-being, and resilience. Hope that educators themselves will be accordingly educated in our changing world so that they will be aware both of the role of societal change in their profession and of their own role in the societal change, be able to broaden their professional identity, to include new roles and responsibilities and be intrinsically motivated to build adaptive learning environments. 
Hope that schools will become forces for positive changes to the society.


Thessaloniki is the largest academic hub and research center in Greece. Its 150K strong academic community comprises of 3 major public universities, including the largest in SE Europe, 9 international private colleges, 9 world respected science centers, 4 major incubators, the biggest ones in Greece, and a vibrant startup community.



Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) is the largest university in Greece and SE Europe founded in 1925 (about 80,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students currently study in AUTh). AUTh is widely recognized as a vibrant center of learning and research which draws its inspiration from a long tradition of academic achievement. It is a comprehensive institution with 41 Faculties and Schools covering all scientific fields, ranging from natural and technological to social and health sciences, arts, and humanities. AUTh has a strong international profile being actively involved in European and international networks.



University of Macedonia (UoM) comprises 8 Departments (with about 10.000 students) specializing in economic and social sciences. Now in its 7th decade of operation, UoM is developing into an extroverted, innovative, and bold academic institution whose priority is to deliver efficient teaching and research on clear and transparent quality -criteria. It is a well-organized institution, functional and environmentally-friendly, committed to the welfare of its -students, acknowledged by the local and the international community.




Thessaloniki, Greece’s second tier city and capital of the region of Central Macedonia is located on the Thermaic Gulf at the northwestern corner of the Aegean Sea and is a lively and generous urban center that it is at the same time historic and avant-garde. It is the perfect destination for the Meeting Industry to connect with culture: meeting planners can opt between interesting, high-quality venues, events attendants can enjoy a walk to the waterfront or a quick glimpse to the main attractions and capture the easygoing atmosphere and charm of the city.
Thessaloniki is also the optimal destination to connect with an emerging entrepreneurial community, to share knowledge with outstanding academics, to liaise with a dynamic startup ecosystem, to explore contemporary art and modern cultural creation through festivals and art fairs.
Thessaloniki is easily accessible to a large number of European cities with direct flights and can be reached from many destinations in Asia, Middle East and the Americas with one-stop flights. Citizens from 70 countries around the world may visit Greece without needing a special visa to be issued.
Suffused with stories of joy and sorrow of the past, today the city enjoys a vibrant urban life, stimulated by the largest student community in Greece, the offerings of numerous museums and other cultural organizations, and enhanced by the exquisite physical location that through time has enabled openness and inspiration.
Facts on Thessaloniki
» Established by King Cassander of Macedon, friend of Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C.
» Second most important city of Byzantine Empire
» Second-largest city in Greece
» Capital of the Region of Central Macedonia
» Population: 1.106 million
» 5km waterfront with 12 awards
» 15 Monuments included in the UNESCO World Heritage list
» Characterised as a Culinary Paradise
» 9000 cafes, bars and restaurants

Visit the interactive map of Thessaloniki to get to know its most famous locations.


Please consider the following important dates:

  • 1 September 2022
    Submissions Open
  • 27 October 2022
    Submission Deadline
  • 17 January 2023
    Review Deadline
  • 1 February 2023
    Registrations Open
  • 15 February 2023
    Review Results Announced
  • 28 March 2023
    Early Bird Deadline
  • 11 May 2023
    Presenter Registration Deadline
  • 20 - 21 August 2023
    JURE 2023
  • 22 - 26 August 2023
    EARLI 2023


Conference President
Eleftheria N. Gonida, Professor, School of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Conference Vice President
Maria Platsidou, Professor, Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia
Conference Management Team
SYMVOLI Conference & Cultural Management
Vicky Papadimitriou, Project Coordination
Anneta Pavloudi, Project Management
Maria Stoimenou, Project Management
Local Organising Committee
Anastasia Alevriadou, Professor, School of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Elisavet Chrysochoou, Assistant Professor, School of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Vassiliki Giannouli, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia
Zoe Kantaridou, Ph.D, Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia
Lefkothea Kartasidou, Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia
Panayiota Metallidou, Professor, School of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
National Scientific Committee
Fotini Bonoti, Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Thessaly
Vasilia Christidou, Associate Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Eirini Dermitzaki, Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Thessaly
Alexandra Karousou, Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, Democritus University of Thrace
Nikolaos Makris, Professor, Department of Primary Education, Democritus University of Thrace
Ioulia Ntousi, Ph.D, Department of Early Childhood Education, Democritus University of Thrace
Dimitrios Pnevmatikos, Professor, Department of Primary Education, University of Western Macedonia
Dimitrios Stamovlasis, Associate Professor, School of Philosophy and Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki