COVID-19 latest update

** Update on conference cancellation** 

The COVID-19 pandemic situation has developed rapidly over the past weeks, and it has consequences for the implementation of the SIG1-4 joint conference 2020, in Cadiz Spain. The health and safety of our members is our top priority and as such is our effort to explore alternative solutions for organizing the conference. Given the unavoidable cancelation for June 2020, we proceeded with a poll, seeking the opinion of our members.

Taking into account the opinion of the majority but also weighting all the possible solutions and potential constraints for each alternative, we have decided to postpone the conference for two years and to realize it as a physical event in Cadiz during the summer of 2022. This means unfortunately that the conference will not take place this year (2020), neither as a physical nor virtual event. 

To secure the acknowledgment of the accepted contributions this year, an official certificate of acceptance will be provided to all authors with accepted papers, symposia, posters, and collaborative space submissions. The certificates will be sent via personal emails to all authors.

We have set up an FAQ page for additional information and to provide regular updates to keep you informed. Please check this page regularly for additional information and important updates.

Thank you once more for your support and understanding. We hope you are well and will be able to join us at the SIG1-4 joint conference in 2022.  

Please stay safe and in good spirits,

Your conference organization team

FAQ Covid-19

1. Why did you decide to cancel the joint conference for 2020?

The COVID-19 situation has developed rapidly over the past two weeks. The SIG1-4 organizing team considered the cancellation possibility as very real at that time. To plan a conference takes a great deal of effort by a whole team of people over an extended period of time. To take this apart, as well, takes careful consideration and consideration of the many pros and cons of cancellation. While monitoring the worldwide developments related to COVID-19 over the past two weeks, we realized that the cons of holding the conference greatly outweighed the pros. With many countries and regions recommending self-quarantine and many institutions strongly advising staff, faculty, and students to restrict travel, it became quickly evident that it was neither practical nor ethical to continue with our joint conference to be realized as a physical event, at least during the initially scheduled dates, 22-26 June 2020. For making a final decision on whether to reschedule the meeting later in the year, organize it virtually, or completely cancel it for 2020, we proceeded with a poll, seeking the opinion of our members. Taking into account the opinion of the majority but also weighting all the possible solutions and potential constraints for each alternative, as well as the EARLI policy announcement, we came to the final decision of canceling the joint conference for 2020. The joint conference will take place in two years’ time, in 2022, as a physical event, in Cadiz Spain, during the summer period.


2. Will the joint conference be rescheduled to take place later in 2020?

No. Due to the availability of venues, including Cadiz, it is impossible to host the joint conference in a time later than September 2020. This fact, coupled with the unpredictable nature and spread of COVID-19 and the uncertainty about the willingness of participants to travel, makes it practically impossible for the joint SIG1-4 conference to be rescheduled later this year.


3. Can I receive a refund for my registration fees?

Yes, you will receive a full refund of your paid registration fees. If your payment was received by bank transfer, a refund will be made to the bank account that has been used for the payment. If you paid online by credit card, the same credit card will be refunded.

4. What happens with my accepted paper/poster/symposium/collaborative space paper?

To secure the acknowledgment of the accepted contributions, an official certificate of acceptance will be provided to all authors with accepted papers, symposia, posters, and collaborative space submissions. The certificates will be sent via personal emails to all authors. Please note that accepted submission from 2020, unfortunately, cannot be transferred to 2022, as a new review process is necessary to ensure up-to-date submissions in two years’ time.


5. Will members be refunded for airline tickets?

SIG1-4 and EARLI are unable to refund attendees for any airline tickets purchased. Please contact your airlines as soon as possible to inquire about refunds/cancellation policies.


6. How should we handle canceling our hotel reservations? 

SIG1-4 and EARLI are unable to refund attendees for any paid accommodation. Please contact the hotel in which you have booked a room, as soon as possible, to inquire about refunds/cancellation policies.


7. Can I also receive a refund for my EARLI membership fees? 

No, unfortunately, EARLI Membership fees are non-refundable. For new members who recently joined, please take a moment to review the additional benefits offered with your EARLI and SIG Membership.


8. Will any sessions be made available virtually?

No. We have received many concerns about realizing this option, including the constraints resulting from different time zones, the potential low interest of members to virtually attend the sessions due to the global crisis mode and the cognitive overload of attending additional virtual sessions which have become a reality for many of us as part of our work.


If you have any further questions after reading this FAQ, do not hesitate to contact us. 

22-25 June 2020 (Canceled)

Cadiz, Spain


Conference theme: 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 final program is under construction and will be published here later on. **



Naomi Winstone, Ph.D & Crina Damsa, Ph.D  (Joint keynote)

About Naomi

Naomi is a cognitive psychologist specialising in learning behaviour and engagement with education, particularly the processing and implementation of feedback. Her 2017 systematic review on learners’ engagement with feedback, published in Educational Psychologist, was awarded the American Psychological Association Outstanding Publication Award for Educational Psychology. Naomi is a Reader in Higher Education and Head of the Department of Higher Education at the University of Surrey, having previously held the position of Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. Naomi runs training events and workshops at Universities, Schools, and Colleges across Europe, to support educators and students to enhance the impact of assessment and feedback on learning and development. Naomi is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a UK National Teaching Fellow.


About Crina

Crina Damşa is an Associate Professor at the Department of Education and the LINK Centre for Learning, Innovation and Academic Development of the University of Oslo, in Norway. She holds a PhD in Educational Sciences from University of Oslo, a BA in linguistics from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania and a MSc in Education and Learning with Technology from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Crina researches processes of learning through inquiry and collaboration, focusing especially on broader learning ecologies that involve individual processes and interactions with others, resources, contexts, technologies. Her 2019 article in the British Journal of Educational Technology synthesizes ecological notions of learning and learning spaces of students in higher education. Crina leads the EARLI Center of Excellence in Research ‘Digital tracing and analysis of collaborative learning’, is Associate Editor of the journal Frontline Learning Research, and serves as member on scientific committees and editorial boards of learning sciences journals. She runs university pedagogy courses and consults on educational innovation projects in higher education, to support educators and institutions in designing learning environments that promote student inquiry, engagement and agency. View her full profile here:











Anastasiya A. Lipnevich, Ph.D: "The paradox of Feedback: If we don't know where we are going, how will we know when we get there?" (Sig 1 keynote)

About Ana
Anastasiya Lipnevich, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the Faculty Research Development at Queens College and the Graduate Center, the City University of New York. Originally from Belarus, Ana received her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, Education, and Italian language from the Belarusian State Pedagogical University, followed by her Master's in Counselling Psychology from Rutgers University. She then earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Cognition and Development concentration), also from Rutgers University. In her current research program she examines (a) instructional feedback), (b) links among specific types of feedback, the achievement emotions they engender, and academic performance, and (c) psychosocial skills and their relation to meaningful outcomes. 

Her books include Psychosocial Skills and School Systems in the 21st Century: Theory, Research and Practice (2016, Springer), Handbook of Instructional Feedback (2018, Cambridge University Press), and the Promise of Instructional Feedback (currently under contract). 

She was a visiting professor at universities in different countries and she served on technical advisory committees of several universities in Europe, the US, and New Zealand. She is an associated editor for Personality and Individual Differences, European Journal of Psychological Assessment, and Frontiers in Education. Ana's professional honors include a.o., Excellence in Dissertation Award from Rutgers University, APA Best Article Award, a Fellowship from Educational Testing Service and the American Psychological Association (Division of Experimental Psychology) Early Career Award.

For more information and a list of publications see

Ana Lipnevich





Dr. Kathleen M. Quinlan: "Breaking out of our Silos: How Higher Education Researchers Can Learn With Other SIGS" (Sig 4 keynote)

On many aspects of learning and instruction, higher education is much the same as any other educational setting; we study the interaction between learners, teachers, and content. But we do so within a university context that itself may be quite varied depending upon its larger policy, social and disciplinary contexts.  Therefore, as higher education researchers, we need to borrow from, adapt and test theories and findings from other educational contexts for their applicability in higher education.  Doing so demands that we analyse how our particular higher education context is similar to or different from other educational settings, adopting a lens that attends to both personal and environmental factors. It also requires that we think deliberately about how we contextualise our research and where we publish and present it so we can contribute both to higher education practice and broader educational theory.  In this talk, I will draw on examples from my own research on values, interest, and discipline-specificity in learning and teaching to illustrate this analytical process. I will pose some of the key questions that we, as higher education researchers, need to be asking ourselves to rise to the challenge set by the conference theme.

About Kathleen:

Dr  Kathleen M. Quinlan is Reader in Higher Education and Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Kent.  She holds a PhD in Education from the Stanford School of Education and has researched teaching and learning in higher education for more than 20 years. She has led educational development programmes at the University of Oxford, Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and The Australian National University, and served as Educator-in- Residence (August 2014) at the National University of Singapore. Her recent research focuses on emotions and motivation in learning and teaching in higher education, particularly how to support the development of students’ interest in their subjects and related careers. She has authored or co-authored 40 peer reviewed journal articles, 9 book chapters and 2 books, including How Higher Education Feels: Commentaries on Poems that Illuminate Emotions in Learning and Teaching (Sense Publishers, 2016).   View her profile here:

Kathleen M. Quinlan






Stay tuned for more updates on the program!


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

EARLY BIRD (registration until 1 April 2020, midnight CET):

€ 270  EARLI member

€ 250 JURE member

€ 340 non-member

€ 200 applicant from low-GDP country (find more info here)


Regular registration (registration after 1 April and until 31 May 2020, midnight CET):

€ 300 EARLI member

€ 290 JURE member

€ 380 non-member

€ 200 applicant from low-GDP country (find more info here)

Registration Process

Registration for this conference will be open on 4 December 2019. Please register via the conference system at

In order to register for the SIG 1 & 4 Conference, go to and login with your credentials or create a new account. You will find the SIG 1 & 4 Conference listed in your User Dashboard under "Upcoming Conferences". Click on "Register".

In order to register with the reduced EARLI/JURE member conference fee, it is necessary for you to sign up as member beforehand. In order purchase membership, you need to click the green “new membership” button in your EARLI user dashboard. Once your membership has been paid and approved by the EARLI office, you will be able to register with the EARLI/JURE member conference fee.

NB! Participants from low-GDP countries are entitled to a reduced conference fee. In addition, they can apply for a Sig 1 stipend of € 150 to support travel costs. Please find more information here.

The first author of each presentation needs to be registered for the conference.

The early bird registration and the registration deadline for presenters end on 17 April 2020, at Midnight (NB! former deadline of 1 April was extended due to the COVID-19 situation).

Promotional codes for traveling 

Two promotional codes are available for traveling by IBERIA (Spanish airline) and/or RENFE (Spanish train transportation) from and to Cádiz. After successful registration, these codes are available and will be sent personally to participants. For more information, please contact the organizing committee. 

Special Sig 1 Stipend for presenters from low-GDP countries and JURE members

The SIG1 community would like to express their commitment to our JURE and low-GDP country presenters who are facing financial struggles and for whom the conference attendance is perhaps not an evident option. In order to do so, the SIG1 community offers financial support of each 150 € for 5 JURE members and 5 low-GDP country presenters who have an accepted conference submission related to Assessment and/or Evaluation.  You can find more information here


Dates and Location


Conference Date

22 to 25 June, 2020

Conference Venue

Universidad de Cadiz, Spain
Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales (FCEE)

Avda. Enrique Villegas Vélez, nº 2
11002 - Cádiz - Spain

* For more venue information (e.g., helpdesk, registration, etc.) see the information below. 


Time Schedule

4 December 2019: Start of registration (early bird)

19 January 2020: Submission deadline (NB! former deadline of 12 january was extended)

8 March 2020: Notification of acceptance

17 April 2020: Early bird & Presenter registration deadline (NB! former deadline of 1 April was extended due to COVID-19 situation)

31 May 2020: Final deadline for registration (for non-presenters only)

22 to 25 June, 2020: Conference

Travel and Hotel Recommendations 

General info about Cadiz

Travel agencies

    C/ San Francisco, 13 Cádiz
    Tfno: +34 956 21 22 23
    Plaza Isaac Peral, 2
    El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz)
    Tfno: +34 956 85 65 22 (Ext. 1)
    C/ Luis Montoto, 107, Sevilla
    Tfno: +34 954 57 41 67

Promotional codes for traveling 

Two promotional codes are available for traveling by IBERIA (Spanish airline) and/or RENFE (Spanish train transportation) from and to Cádiz. After successful registration, these codes are available and will be sent personally to participants. For more information, please contact the organizing committee. 

Hotel recommendations 

(walk distance from the venue)









Venue information


Registration Counter & Help Desk

The Registration counter and Help Desk, will be located at the Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales. At the main entrance of the faculty, signs will help direct you. 

The SIG1 and SIG4 Help Desk provides information for sessions, presentations, posters, registration problems, etc.

The Registration counter is situated in the Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales. The Registration Counter is open as follows: 

  • Monday 22 June: 8.30-18.00
  • Tuesday 23 June: 8.45-18.00
  • Wednesday 24 June: 8.40-18.00
  • Thursday 25 June: 8.45-11.30

Registration desks are ordered alphabetically. Please go to the appropriate desk for your surname. 



Internet access

There are several ways to get internet access on the Campus Area of the University of Cádiz.

  1. You are welcome to use the University PCs. These are located in the FCEE - Aula of Informática on the fourth floor.
  2. Those who have brought their own computer can use the university wireless internet access, which is available throughout the Campus Area. To gain access to the internet, please do the following: Choose 'ucAirPublica' as WLAN-connection. You will now be redirected to a form where you have to type EARLIORG as username and c418745 as a password. Your internet access is now granted.
  3. Education roaming (eduroam) is also provided at the Universit yof Cádiz. If you use this service, please log in the usual way. 



Left luggage rooms

A left luggage room is available from the registration counter. More information will be provided at the Help Desk. 




Free cofee, tea, and cookies will be served for delegates during the breaks. The coffee stations will be located on the ground floor, please see the maps for exact location. Please present your name badge when collecting refreshments. 

In addition, coffee, tea, and snacks can be purchased at the cafetaria. Please check the icons on the map showing the locations of the coffee services.



Lunch will be served for delegates at Parador de Cadiz Restaurant ( Please see maps for exact location. Please present your name badge when collecting lunch. 


Tourist information



Wineries in the province





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


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