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Conference theme: Navigating the Changing Landscape: Embracing Innovation and Evidence in Higher Education

The Joint 2024 Conference of the EARLI Special Interest Groups (SIGs) 4 (Higher Education) and 17 (Methods in Learning Research) is scheduled to take place at Utrecht, the Netherlands from September 25-27, 2024.

In today’s dynamic and diverse world, higher education institutions face the challenge of imparting knowledge to students while equipping them with the necessary skills to navigate an ever-changing landscape. The evolving demands of the labor market require higher education institutions to foster adaptability and provide students with vital transferable competencies, including interdisciplinary collaboration, effective communication, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving abilities. To meet these demands, innovative pedagogical approaches have gained significant popularity in enhancing the skill sets of university students. By embracing innovation and evidence, higher education can pave the way for a transformative future. Through scientific exploration and the exchange of ideas in our next joint SIG04 and SIG 17 conference, we aim to contribute to the ongoing discourse surrounding the changing landscape of higher education. Our ultimate goal is to inspire actionable initiatives that enable educators and higher education institutions to effectively prepare students for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. By embracing innovation and evidence-based practices, we can ensure that higher education remains relevant, impactful, and aligned with the needs of students and the broader society.

Bringing together two long-standing EARLI SIGs provides an opportunity to initiate, foster and consolidate synergies and collaborations in research areas present in both communities. In doing so, we hope the conference opens new perspectives to each other’s interests which are wide-ranging.

We warmly welcome you to the EARLI SIG 04 & 17 conference in Utrecht!

For any inquiries about the conference, please contact us here


Murtonen Earli 2024

Mari Murtonen (University of Turku)

Mari Murtonen is a Professor of Higher Education Pedagogy and the Director of the UTUPEDA Centre for University Pedagogy at the University of Turku. She is the Executive Editor-in-Chief of the Finnish Journal of University Pedagogy. Her main research areas include higher education teachers' development of pedagogical expertise in both traditional and digital environments, as well as students' development of scientific thinking and research skills during university education. Webpage:

Embracing Evidence-based Understanding: Learning and Teaching of Research in Higher Education

Photo Jan Vermunt

Jan Vermunt (Eindhoven University of Technology)

Jan Vermunt is a Professor of Learning Sciences and Educational Innovation at Eindhoven University of Technology. Before that, he has worked as a research assistant at the University of Amsterdam, an assistant professor at Tilburg University, associate professor at Leiden University, and full professor at the universities of Maastricht, Utrecht and Cambridge. His expertise area are the learning sciences, with a focus on teaching and student learning in higher education, and teachers' learning and professional development. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Learning and Instruction, an EARLI flagship journal and one of the leading journals in the world in the field of Educational Research. Webpage:

Innovating Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Program & Registration

Conference Program

The conference will start on Wednesday, September 25th, at 08:15 a.m. and conclude on Friday, September 27th, at 2:00 p.m. The preliminary schedule can be found here.


The registration is now open! To register click here. Please note that the deadline for the early bird registration and registration for presenters is on June 10th.

Do you have any questions about the registration and payment portal? Please review the manual provided first, and then don't hesitate to reach out via email if you have any inquiries.

The conference fee covers registration, coffee breaks, lunch, and the evening reception on the first day of the conference.

Please note that the conference dinner is not included in the registration fee. To provide fair pricing, we kindly ask for your indication of attendance in the registration form. Separate tickets will be available for purchase in June.

Early Bird and Presenter Registration Deadline -> 10th June

EARLI membership

To qualify for the discounted member rates at the conference, you must be a current EARLI/JURE member or ensure that your EARLI membership is up to date. Once your EARLI membership for the year 2024 has been paid and approved by the EARLI office, you will be eligible to register at the EARLI/JURE member conference fee.

Please be aware that to update or establish a new JURE membership, you must provide proof of your JURE status via email to the EARLI office.

The early bird registration deadline is June 10, 2024. Be sure to register before this date to take advantage of reduced conference fees. Presenters must complete their registration by June 10, 2024. The final registration deadline is July 1, 2024.

*Non-member rate junior

Non-member current PhD candidates or completed/ongoing master's students are welcome to the conference. However, to qualify for the non-member junior rate, you must provide proof of your status via email to the conference committee. Please provide documentation of your completed master's degree or your current study status as indicated in your transcript of records, ensuring that the transcript is no older than one month.

Cancellation Policy

Conference Registration Fee: If you cancel before July 1st, 2024 (GMT 23:59), an administration fee of 60% will be applied (resulting in a 40% refund). No refunds will be issued after July 1st, 2024. Cancellations must be made via email.

Important Dates

Please consider the following important dates:

  • 31 October 2023

  • 11 February 2024

  • 29 March 2024

  • 26 April 2024

  • 1 May 2024

  • 10 June 2024

  • 25 to 27 September 2024



Welcome to Utrecht!

The conference will take place at the beautiful and centrally located venues of La Vie Utrecht and Neude Library from September 25-27, 2024.

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About Utrecht University
Established in 1636 and situated in the heart of the Netherlands, Utrecht University stands as one of Europe’s premier research institutions. Situated in a highly competitive region, the university was shortlisted for the Global Teaching Excellence Award in 2017. Renowned for its broad spectrum of fundamental and socially impactful research, Utrecht University fosters interdisciplinary collaboration both within and beyond its campus. Beyond its global reputation for research excellence, the university is celebrated for its innovative and inclusive approach to education. With a longstanding commitment to pioneering teaching methods, Utrecht University adopts the Utrecht Educational Model as its guiding philosophy. This approach yields exceptional academic achievements for our diverse student body, which comprises over 35,000 students enrolled in 45 bachelor’s programs and 140 master’s programs. For further information, please visit our official website.

Travel and Accommodation

Discover Utrecht

Welcome to the charming city of Utrecht, one of the oldest and most enchanting cities in the Netherlands. Utrecht boasts a picturesque medieval city center, stunning canals, and iconic landmarks like the towering Dom Tower. This vibrant city seamlessly combines its historic charm with a bustling student atmosphere, offering a plethora of events, diverse dining options, cozy cafés, and captivating attractions. Explore the best of both worlds as you immerse yourself in Utrecht's rich heritage and lively contemporary culture.

Getting to the Conference Venues

Utrecht's central location makes it a convenient hub for participants from all corners of the globe.

For International Travelers: If you are flying in from abroad, Utrecht is just a short 30-minute train ride from Schiphol International Airport, situated just outside of Amsterdam. Hop on a direct train departing every fifteen minutes, and you will find yourself at Utrecht Central Train Station in approximately 34 minutes. We strongly recommend choosing the train as your mode of transportation, aligning with our commitment to sustainable travel options. The cost of a train ticket from Schiphol Airport to Utrecht Centraal is approximately €10, and it swiftly transports you to the heart of our city within half an hour. Renting a car is not advisable due to the high parking costs within the city.

For European Travelers: Travelers from across Europe can take advantage of the extensive international railway and ferry network, seamlessly connecting Utrecht to major cities such as Brussels, Paris, Berlin, and London. International train services include Thalys, TGV, City Night Line, Intercity Antwerp/Brussels, ICE International, and Eurostar. To encourage train travel to Utrecht, Utrecht University has designed a convenient train zone map, highlighting accessible European destinations by train. We are committed to promoting sustainable travel options, and you can delve deeper into the reasons why train travel makes a significant difference on this page. If train travel is not feasible for you, Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) and Eindhoven Airport (Eindhoven) are alternative options for your journey.

City Accessibility

Utrecht boasts a major central train station, and both conference venues, La Vie Utrecht and Utrecht Neude Library, are easily reachable within 5-10 minutes from the train station. Moreover, a direct connection to the La Vie parking garage (Q-Park) is available for your convenience.

Hotel Recommendations

Utrecht has a wide range of hotels, self-catering accommodations, and homestays.

However, in this link, you can discover exclusive offers for our conference. Hotel Service Utrecht has secured set (non-fluctuating) rates with flexible cancellation policies, ensuring full refunds within the cancellation period.


1. Best of Jure Session

We are excited to announce that during our SIG4 and SIG17 Joint Conference in 2024 JURE members have the special opportunity to present their work in a Best of Jure Session. Of all the individual papers submitted by JURE members, the 4 highest scoring contributions will be combined into one special session, which is
organized and chaired by the SIG4+SIG17 coordinators. The authors of the selected papers will receive a certificate and a small present.

2. JURE Workshops

What’s more? You will have a chance to participate in expert-led workshops focusing on skills relevant for JURE researchers.

Workshop 1: “I want to share my data. But how?”

Dr. Jürgen Schneider

Sharing data enables reproducibility, replication, and reuse. It increases trust and facilitates research syntheses. There are many reasons why research funders and journals mandate researchers to open their data. After exploring cultural change towards Open Science, in this workshop we go through options to sharing various kinds of data for different purposes, their conditions, and standards to make data sharing a success.

Workshop 2: Generative AI for Research

Dr. Dominik Fröhlich

Generative AI has changed and sped up many work processes in the past months — and academic work is no exception to this. But with the
plethora of tools and approaches that became available in a short amount of time, maintaining oversight is difficult. In this workshop, we explore ethical use cases of Generative AI for academic work in all its facets.

Code of Conduct

EARLI SIG 04 & SIG 17 are committed to providing the best possible circumstances for participants to positively and safely share their research and exchange their ideas. We value and respect all people. Each participant has the right to equal, non-discriminating, and respectful treatment, regardless of their age, origin or nationality, language, religion, beliefs, culture, opinions, political activity, trade union membership, family relations, health, disability or functional capacity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or other factors related to their person.

The EARLI SIG 04 & SIG 17 will not tolerate vilification, abuse, or harassment in any form. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

We expect all participants to follow this Code of Conduct during the EARLI SIG 04 & SIG 17 conference. We are aware that cultural or any other differences may cause misunderstandings, but we do expect all participants to be both polite and proactive, and to ensure a pleasant conference experience for everyone.

If a participant engages in behavior that places any conference participant at risk, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including, but not limited to, warning the offender or expelling them from the conference without previous notice and with immediate effect. If this occurs, the participant is not entitled to any refund and/or any compensation. Participants asked to stop any such behavior are expected to comply immediately. EARLI SIG 04 & SIG 17 conference and Utrecht University comply with valid national and international laws, as well as the regulations, guidelines, and agreements that apply to our operations.

In the unpleasant situation you feel unsafe or harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, contact our Safe Conference Care Team by email here.

The health and safety of everyone who attends EARLI SIG 04 & SIG 17 2024 is our top priority, and the conference will be held in a safe and clean environment. We are carefully tracking all the latest health and safety regulations, guidelines, and recommendations. The general emergency number in the Netherlands is 112. When in a life-threatening situation, react quickly and immediately call the emergency number 112. You can call this number if you need an ambulance or police or help in case of a fire, traffic accident, or other accident (for non-emergencies you can call 0900 8844).

Thank you for contributing to a safe EARLI SIG 04 & SIG 17 2024 conference!

Conference Organizing Team

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Dr. Despoina Georgiou

SIG 4 Committee and Local Organizing Team

Utrecht University/The Netherlands


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