27-30 June 2022

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 2022” 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. Topics addressing COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences for teaching, learning and assessment are especially welcome.

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. 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. For paper proposals please submit a short abstract of 100-150 words + extended summary of max. 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. For symposia please submit an overarching abstract of 100-150 words describing the contents and purpose(s) of the symposium. In addition please submit for each paper a short abstract of 100-150 words + extended summary of max. 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). For poster proposals please submit a short abstract of 100-150 words + extended summary of max. 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.

For collaborative space proposals please submit a short abstract of 100-150 words + extended summary of max. 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.


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 2021. Please submit your proposal 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 2022‘, 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


We are planning exciting activities for JURE Members of SIG1+4. Stay tuned!


Conference Fee

The information on conference fees will be updated soon.

Registration Process

Registration for this conference will be open on 22 November 2021. 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.



Dates and Location


Conference Date

27 to 30 June, 2022

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

22 November 2021: Start of registration (early bird)

23 January 2022: Submission deadline

17 April 2022: Early bird & Presenter registration deadline

31 May 2022: Final deadline for registration (for non-presenters only)

27 to 30 June, 2022: SIG1 + 4 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 

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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

Javier Fernández Ruiz, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Laurie Delnoij, Maastricht University, the Netherlands


SIG 4 Committee:

Prof. Helga Dorner, Eötvös Loránd Universit, Budapest, Hungary

Rachelle Esterhazy, PhD, University of Oslo, Norway

Stefan T. Siegel, University of Augsburg, Germany


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



Sig1sig4cadiz2022 (at)

SIG 1 Website

SIG 4 Website


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