EARLI SIG 18 Conference 2022: Freiburg, Germany | 5–7 September 2022


Diversity and inclusion as challenges for educational effectiveness and improvement

In the past decades, the claim that educational opportunities have to meet the learners’ diversity has significantly increased (e.g., regarding students with special educational needs or students with immigrant background). Teachers and other professionals in education are nowadays increasingly evaluated by whether and to what extent they meet the learners’ diverse needs and enable them to fully participate in the educational system. Confronted with these requirements, educational professionals are more and more taking into account the results of international empirical educational research in order to obtain evidence-based information on how to design and organise appropriate educational measures. However, the increased demand of fulfilling all learners’ needs also puts into question the validity of the scientific evidence. Against this background, many of the “classical” research questions have to be reconsidered, for example: How can appropriate measures of success for teaching and learning processes be adequately modelled in heterogeneous and diverse social and educational contexts? How should different and even contradictory educational target criteria (e.g., achievement versus social outcomes of education) be dealt with in such contexts? Which characteristics of the learning environment and which teaching and learning methods are most effective for different groups of learners as well as learners facing multiple educational disadvantages?

The aim of our conference is to discuss current high-quality research results and to address a multitude of these questions regarding educational effectiveness and improvement from an international, interdisciplinary and comparative perspective.


Welcome to Freiburg. Located in the very southwest of Germany, Freiburg is known to be the city in Germany with the highest average number of sunny days during the year. However, this is only one reason why many people want to live and work here. It is one of the fastest growing cities in our home state Baden-Wuerttemberg. In addition, the second youngest city in Germany with an average population age of 39.8 years.

Freiburg is home to numerous universities and research centres. More than 30,000 students - many of them from abroad - significantly shape our city.

The vicinity of France (Strasbourg 65 km) and Switzerland (Basel 53 km) are part of our cultural identity. As is obviously the beautiful landscape surrounding Freiburg - in the east the famous Black forest meanders into the city and in the west with open landscape and vineyards of the Rhine river valley.

In 2020, Freiburg celebrated its 900-year anniversary. In Freiburg, we strongly identify with the medieval lanes and the small open canals in the streets, which wind their way through the city centre - locally known as Gässle and Bächle respectively. The heart of our city is our famous cathedral, the Münster.

But we are a city that looks into the future: the research community and the local business community strive to develop new ideas. Freiburg is worldwide known as the Green City Freiburg due to its early achievements in sustainability. The city strives to continue to be a model city in this regard.

Important Dates

The conference of the EARLI Special Interest Group 18 Educational Effectiveness and Improvement will take place from 5-7 September 2022.

  • 15 December 2021
    Submission opens
  • 15 March 2022
    Extended submission deadline
  • 1 March 2022
    Registration opens
  • 9 May 2022
    Notification of acceptance
  • 15 June 2022
    Early Bird deadline (extended!)
  • 1 August 2022
    Registration deadline
  • 5-7 September 2022


We invite submissions of individual papers, symposia, and posters. The guidelines and review criteria for the different submission types are specified in the Call for Papers.

Call for Papers

The submission opens on 15 December 2021. The deadline for submission has been extended until 15 March 2022.

Proposals need to be submitted via the EARLI website.

The following submission types are welcomed:



Individual papers will be grouped in paper sessions according to their themes and keywords. Paper sessions consist of three papers, each of which will be presented within 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion with the audience. We welcome empirical, theoretical and methodological papers. For empirical papers, it is important to include clear data and at least preliminary results in order to be accepted. Research which is at an earlier stage of progress is suitable for poster presentations.



Symposia provide opportunities to present papers that coherently address one research topic. A symposium comprises three thematically grouped papers, each of which will be presented in no more than 20 minutes. After the paper presentations and a few minutes for questions, a discussant will synthesise and review the papers (10-15 minutes). The symposium is concluded by an open discussion with the audience (10-15 minutes). Each symposium lasts 90 minutes and is led by a chair person.

For symposia, please upload your extended session summary as PDF file
indicating the word count (including title and references).



This format is perfect for visually presenting developing research and/or preliminary results of research studies. The poster session provides a platform for in-depth discussions on research designs and methodologies.
A short oral presentation of about 2 minutes for each poster is given to the audience gathered as a group. After the authors’ brief presentation, an in-depth discussion between them and the audience follows. The poster sessions offer presenters the opportunity for interaction and discussion with the audience.

You already submitted a paper for the SIG 18 & 23 Conference in 2020?

If you submitted a paper for the SIG 18 & 23 Conference 2020 and it was accepted, it is automatically accepted for the upcoming SIG 18 Conference 2022.
For organisational reasons, however, it is necessary to resubmit the proposal via the EARLI website.

Please update the proposal when it is appropriate (e.g., concerning the literature or findings). Please replace the report of preliminary findings by final results.
The submission can therefore be revised based on the results of the previous review which you received for the SIG 18 & 23 Conference 2020. The reviews for the previous submissions have been sent to all contributors. If you did not receive the review for your previous submission, please contact the local organising committee (earli2022sig18@ph-freiburg.de).


We are happy to announce our keynote speakers

Gil Noam

          Prof. Dr. Gil Noam

      Harvard Medical School, United States

Kim Schildkamp

   Prof. Dr. Kim Schildkamp

              University of Twente, Netherlands

Umesh Sharma

      Prof. Dr. Umesh Sharma

                Monash University, Australia


Registration for the conference will be open from 1 March 2022. You can register by using the following link or via your user dashboard. You will find the SIG 18 Conference listed in your user dashboard: Go to "Upcoming Conferences" and click on "Register".


The early bird registration has been extended until 15 June 2022.

The first author of each presentation needs to be registered for the conference until 1 August 2022.


Early Bird                      200 €

Regular                         250 €


JURE Member

                                     100 €

                                     125 €



                                     250 €

                                     300 €


Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the University of Education Freiburg.

Kunzenweg 21
79117 Freiburg


In cooperation with the Freiburg Convention Bureau, we reserved rooms in several hotels which are located in the city centre or close to the venue.

Information concerning distances to the main station and the venue, room rates and cancellation conditions can be found in our hotel list.

You can book your room directly online or by telephone +49 761 3881 1516.

For questions about hotel booking please contact:

Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG
Freiburg Convention Bureau

Kerstin Schultheis

Tel.: +49 761 3881 1516
E-Mail: groups@fwtm.de


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For queries regarding the conference, please contact us via e-mail: earli2022sig18@ph-freiburg.de

Local Organising Committee

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Rollett
Prof. Dr. Katja Scharenberg
Prof. Dr. Andreas Köpfer
Amelie Hirsch


The conference is organised by the University of Education Freiburg and it is supported by the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI).

This conference is part of the "Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung", a joint initiative of the Federal Government and the Länder which aims to improve the quality of teacher training. The programme is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The organising committee is responsible for the realisation of this conference.

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