WERA-IRN Extended Education Conference 2021



Dear friends. 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we were forced to postpone The WERA-IRN Reykjavík Conference for one year. 

The WERA-IRN Extended Education Conference Reykjavík Iceland, will take place on 23-25 September 2021. 

The conference will be virtual.

All abstracts for papers already accepted are still welcomed in the Reykjavík Conference in September 2021.
-we ask you to notify us if you can not present your paper in the conference and wish to withdraw.

We welcome additional abstract submissions for papers until April 1st. Especially research focusing on the impact of COVID-19 in relation to extended education.

We also want to announce that we especially encourage young researchers to submit an abstract either for a paper-presentation or a poster-presentation in relation to extended education.

Please stay safe. 

We invite researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to the third WERA-IRN Extended Education Conference. 

The conference title is: 
Extended Education in Thriving Communities: Towards a sustainable future 

Registration will be open from late April 2021 

For further information please contact: 

Dr. Kolbrún Pálsdóttir, Dean of the School of Education, University of Iceland - kolbrunp@hi.is 
Katrín Johnson, Project Manager, Educational Research Institute - katrinj@hi.is 

The aim of the conference is to connect research and practice both frominternational, national and local perspectives, and to engage researchers from different disciplines, policy-makers, educators and professionals such as youth workers, teachers, social workers, community workers who are interested in data, studies and innovation to look at extended education as a bridge between school learning and community-based and/or school-based activities that help strengthen both education and communal life. 



Early bird (until July 31) 



210 EUR

250 EUR


100 EUR

100 EUR


From childhood to adolescence, young people are enrolled in various public or private forms of educational arrangements outside regular school lessons. Some of them participate in school- or community-based programs, forms of private tutoring or after-school activities such as art courses or academic clubs, or they attend extracurricular provisions at all-day schools. 

These activities and programs focus on the social, emotional and academic development of children and young people and are educationally structured to make it easier for the participants to learn specific contents. They can be summarized by the term extended education – a term which has been established internationally for this field of education in the last years. 

This conference sets out to explore the concept and practice of extended education through different theoretical and research lenses, ranging from international comparative research to innovative and developmental projects at the local or national levels. This conference is particularly aimed to shed light on how different stakeholders may work together, especially across research, practice or policy.  

The aim of the third WERA-IRN Extended Education conference is to explore the multiple ways in which extended education programs, research and theories help communities and individuals prepare for a sustainable future, a future that involves educating responsible and active citizens. 

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) inspire governments and communities around the world to transform the world, step by step. One of the SDGs is quality education for all. This conference focuses on how extended education activities are integral to ensure quality education for all, and how extended education can be aligned to reduce inequalities, provide equal access, success and well-being for all students. We invite educational researchers and professionals in the field of extended education to come together to ask critical questions, such as: Is extended education reducing or widening the social gap? Does extended education compensate the traditional education system? How can extended education be aligned with school-based practices to equip young people with skills and values to work for a sustainable future? What are the qualities of thriving communities and what can different stakeholders do to foster such communities? What are the values of extended education practices and how are those reflected in policy, practice and research? 

April 1st, 2021
Abstract submission deadline

May 15th, 2021
Formal confirmation of additional selected papers


Late April, 2021
Registration will open




This format provides presenters the opportunity to present and discuss their completed or ongoing research projects. We plan interactive poster sessions where authors present and discuss their respective projects with conference participants.

Please submit a paper summary of a maximum 500 words (in addition to the paper title, and information on the authors). Also, a 250-word abstract suitable for publication must be included. Please describe the theoretical framework, the research questions, the research methodology, and the results (the expected results). 


For regular paper presentations, 20 minutes will be scheduled (15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion). These papers will be bundled whenever possible to allow for discussions between presenters and audience.

Please submit a paper summary of a maximum 500 words (in addition to the paper title, information on the authors and a few references). Please describe the aim of the project, theoretical framework, the research questions, methodology, the main findings, and the conclusion.

Also, include a 250-word abstract suitable for publication in the program.


A limited number of 90-minute slots will be made available for symposia consisting of four related papers and a discussant.

Please submit a symposium abstract of a maximum 500 words and a 500-word summary of each presentation/paper in the symposium. Also, a 250-word abstract suitable for publication must be included for each presentation/paper.   

Symposium proposals are submitted by an organizer who may or may not be a chair, presenter, or discussant. A symposium can include a maximum of five participants in addition to the chair. Participants include all presenters and any discussants.

Please email abstracts to exedu2020@hi.is or exedu2021@hi.is

  • Attach your abstracts and personal information in a single word-file.

Be sure to include this information:

First name
Last name
Position/Job title
Email address
Phone number

Presentation options are:

  • Individual paper presentation
  • Poster presentation
  • Self-organized symposium (4 related papers)



Early bird (until July 31) 



210 EUR

250 EUR


100 EUR

100 EUR