Current Call

The Call for Contributions for the 52nd eucen Conference at Central European University in Budapest (HU), Wed 27 – Fri 29 May 2020 “University Lifelong Learning for Increased Participation, Performance and Partnership” is open now.


You can submit your abstracts using the online form at the end of this page.
Contributions will be accepted only until Friday 27 March 2020.

What kind of work we will welcome?

Participation, Performance and Partnership are both aspirational challenges and urgent imperatives in the context of a rapidly changing world that demands HEIs to be intelligent, responsive and proactive actors in helping society address the myriad social, economic and environmental issues we face today. Participation by all in reaching solutions for all, has to trump entrenched and adversarial position taking in the face of a real and imminent existential crisis. Performance that is non-partisan, committed, focused on solutions and informed by evidence and best practice, knowledge based and respectful of all traditions needs to be deployed to help steer humanity from the precipice. Partnership based on mutual respect, consent, and inclusion is essential in order for the whole of society to be harnessed in a way that benefits the whole of society. University Lifelong Learning (ULLL) is a key catalyst in helping to create the conditions of participation, performance and partnership that society needs now.

ULLL has to embrace a Participation, Performance and Partnership paradigm to respond and act by strengthening quality, access and collaborations through better forms and content, through effective and innovative modes of delivery, by responding to the urgent need of learners, learning communities and society at large. eucen’s most recent Position Paper on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), emphasises the role of participation, performance and partnership in shaping LLL to urgently address the United Nations Agenda 2030 on the SDGs and their 17 goals. Universities are just one actor, hence the need for partnerships, commitments to optimal performance and the participation of the widest possible range of actors.

eucen considers universities as important players in increasing participation and performance in education, however, collaboration with other willing stakeholders (including, but not restricted to, other educational providers, local authorities, state agencies, non-governmental organisations, industry, intergovernmental organisations, etc.) is often the key to success.

The 2020 eucen conference will focus on trends in ULLL in the frame of three particular streams to highlight some key areas for action. Therefore, we welcome papers and presentations that address participation, performance and partnership within the following main streams:

  1. University Lifelong Learning in learning cities
  2. Universities promoting inclusive education and community engagement
  3. Universities’ roles in the development of work-based learning 

Follow the link to read the Call for Contributions to our 2020 conference, including a detailed description of each sub-topic.


Please, do not forget to register to the conference too! Fill in the registration form that you will find available at the conference website. Thank you!

If you want to submit a full paper on the topic of this conference, please make sure you do so by the deadline given in the Call for Contributions. The best works will be published in a volume of the eucen Studies eJournal of ULLL. Please download the “Guidelines for Paper Submission to eucen events” and follow carefully the indications that are given.

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