22-25 June 2020

Cadiz, Spain


Exploring research synergies to learn from each other

By bringing together two long-standing EARLI special interest groups SIG 1 “Assessment and Evaluation” and SIG 4 “Higher Education”, the “Joint SIG1 & SIG4 Conference 2020” provides an opportunity to initiate, foster and consolidate synergies and collaborations in research areas present in both communities.

The two communities represent a variety of research interests:

  • SIG 1 Assessment and Evaluation: Research with a thematic focus on classroom assessment, largescale assessment and program evaluation at all levels of education (from kindergarten to higher education).
  • SIG 4 Higher Education: Research with a contextual focus on higher education that covers various themes related to learning and instruction as well as academic development.

We invite scholars to share their research at our joint conference and to enjoy the special program aimed at encouraging interactions between the two communities and productive discussions within each community. During the conference, a special program track will be dedicated to those contributions that are at the intersection of assessment/evaluation and higher education and thus highlight potential research synergies. We also invite researchers who are interested in assessment topics outside of higher education and scholars studying other phenomena than assessment in higher education to share their research during the Sig-specific session tracks.  

We hope the conference opens new perspectives to each other’s research. In addition, the new session format of “collaborative spaces”, which was successfully introduced during the last SIG 4 conference in 2018, will be incorporated in our schedule. This format aims at creating a platform for exchanging ideas with the potential to explore new research directions and possible collaborations both within and between the two communities. We are convinced that the complementing strengths of both communities provide a great opportunity to expand our horizons and to learn from each other.  



The program is under construction and will be published here later on.


Conference Formats

The conference will include the following conference formats, all of which are designed to trigger deep conversations between participants.

Paper presentations: Paper sessions are oral presentations of three to four papers followed by a discussion with the audience. Each presenter is given 15 to 20 minutes to present a clear argument. The word limit for paper proposals is 750 words.

Symposia: Symposia present research on one topic or theme, providing a coherent set of papers for discussion. Symposium sessions consist of 3-4 oral paper presentations and the discussant’s contribution. The proposal for each paper and a general description of the symposium are required. The word limit for each document is 750 words. Symposia are directed by a chairperson who should be one of the presenters. In symposia participants should come from at least two different countries. Please note that every participant must register individually.

Guided Poster presentations: Poster sessions involve a number of posters, which visually present current research. Each presenter is given three minutes for a short oral presentation, followed by an in-depth discussion with the audience. Each poster should be fixed to a (soft) presentation board for a maximum size of format A0 (84 x 119 cm; push pins will be provided). The word limit for a submission as poster presentation is 750 words.

Collaborative space: The 1.5-to-2-hour “collaborative space” is a session in which a maximum of 30 participants (excluding the organizers) discuss their ongoing or future research projects with the goal of establishing or strengthening research collaborations. This may include collaborations about constructs that researchers use, but also about methodologies or a specific content area.

The submission for a collaborative space should include the main content area for which collaboration shall be established or deepened. Organizers are asked to explain why this area may provide new or interesting insights. They should add possible research questions as well as the planned or preliminary outcomes of the collaboration which can be addressed by the collaborators. The word limit for “collaborative space” submissions is 750 words.

The structure of a collaborative-space session should be as follows:

  1. Session organizers present themselves and their current ideas (which they submitted to the conference) in max. 20 minutes (possibly supported by printouts). These presentations should include the following items:
  • goal of project ideas (e.g., grant submission, publication),
  • topic area,
  • (likely) research methods,
  • planned outcomes.
  1. Participants split up into several subgroups with each at least one facilitator, based on their interests. This phase may take from 30 to 60 minutes (depending on the total time frame). In each subgroup, participants present themselves and their current ideas (if applicable) very shortly; an in-depth discussion of collaboration possibilities follows.
  2. The last 30 minutes of the session is used for bringing together the ideas discussed in the subgroups. Session organizers will present their view in a short wrap-up (max. 15 minutes), followed by a final plenary discussion. In the subgroup phase, it is of paramount importance that participants (other than the organizers) are motivated to express and (further) develop own (and collaborative) research ideas.

JURE feedback session: For JURE members the opportunity is provided to submit a proposal and questions for a feedback session supervised by senior researchers. These proposals will be reviewed differently than the other conference formats. More information can be found in the JURE section on this website.

Review criteria

The following criteria apply to single paper, symposium and poster submissions:

  • Relevance to the domain of SIG1 / SIG4 or the synergy between SIG1 & SIG4
  • Overall quality and scientific originality
  • Significance for theory, practice and policy
  • Theoretical framework
  • Research method and design
  • Clarity of (preliminary) results, discussion and conclusions

The following criteria apply to collaborative space submissions:

  • Goal of project idea is clear (e.g., grant submission, publication)
  • Topic area is made explicit
  • (Potential) research methods are mentioned
  • Planned outcomes described
  • Proposed interactivity in line with submission guidelines


Submission Process

The submission is open from 18 October 2019. Please submit your proposal (max. 750 words for each contribution) via the conference system at

Log in with your existing EARLI credentials, and click the green ‘new submission’ button in your EARLI user dashboard. Select the ‘SIG 1 + 4 Conference 2020‘, and the submission type you wish to submit. All submitters and presenters will need an active EARLI account. Should you not have an EARLI account yet, you can easily create one (free of charge) at

Please note: You can be listed max. 2 times as presenting author and max. 1 time as discussantAll submissions should be done completely anonymously, to ensure a fair review process. Please do not include your name in your submission


JURE initiatives

1. JURE feedback session: 


During the SIG1 and SIG4 joint conference JURE members can participate in a feedback session supervised and guided by experienced researches in the field of assessment and/or higher education. JURE members who wish to participate, submit their proposal and questions according to the submission guidelines below. Groups will be formed based on number of participants, their research topics, and the questions raised by JURE members. Experienced researchers are free to organize the session as they wish, taking into accoutn the questions raised by participants. 

Submission guidelines
To participate in the JURE feedback session submission is required including the following components:

  • A description of the research project.
  • Your motivation to participate in the feedback session and what you aim to learn from this session.
  • At least two specific questions or issues you would like to address during this feedback session. These questions can be content-related or more general issues (e.g., work-life balance).
  • For the three components discussed above you can use a maximum of 750 words. 
  • A JURE membership for either the SIG1 or SIG4 community is required at the moment of registration. 


Review procedure and criteria

  • A maximum of 750 words is used for the proposal in total. 
  • It is required that the research aligns with the field of either the SIG1 and/or SIG4 community.
  • The criteria applied to paper, poster, symposia, or collaborative space submissions do not apply to the submissions for the JURE feedback session.



2. JURE awards: 


During the SIG1 and SIG4 joint conference JURE members of the SIG1 and the SIG4 communities have a chance to be awarded with a JURE award.


Three JURE members who have received the highest scores on their papers during the review phase, are invited to present their work at the JURE award session. A jury committee provides feedback and an evaluation of the presentation using a rubric with predefined assessment criteria, so as to identify the best JURE award (first place), second and third place. The results of this procedure will be announced during the closing session fo the conference. Three individual members of the Scientific Committee are chosen to comprise the jury. This procedure will take place for SIG1 JURE members and SIG4 JURE members separately (i.e., two best papers will be awarded). Please note that this procedure counts for regular paper submissions by JURE members. More information will be provided later on. 


Conference Fee and registration process

You will find more information about the conference fee and the registration process here soon


Dates and Location


Conference Date

22 to 25 June, 2020


Conference Venue

Universidad de Cadiz, Spain
Place of registration (to be announced)

Time Schedule

20 November 2019: Start of registration (early bird)

12 January 2020: Submission deadline

8 March 2020: Notification of acceptance

1 April 2020: Early bird registration deadline

31 May 2020: Final deadline for registration

22 to 25 June, 2020: Conference



Travel and Hotel Recommendations 


Soon, you find some travel Information about how to get to Cadiz and recommended hotels here.


Steering Committee and Organizing Team

SIG 1 Committee:

Tijs Rotsaert, PhD, Ghent University, Belgium

Olia Tsivitanidou, PhD, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Laurie Delnoij, Open University of the Netherlands

SIG 4 Committee:

Prof. Helga Dorner, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Els van Rooij, PhD, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Rachelle Esterhazy, PhD, University of Oslo, Norway

Local Organizing Committee:

Prof. Dr. Gregorio Rodríguez Gómez

Prof. Dr. Jaione Cubero Ibáñez

Prof. Dr. Miguel Angel Gómez Ruiz

Prof. Dr. Mª Soledad Ibarra Sáiz

Prof. Dr. Nicolás Ponce González



Sig1sig4cadiz2020 (at)

SIG 1 Website

SIG 4 Website