SIG 9 Conference


The SIG 9 Conference 2018 will explore developments in Phenomenography and Variation Theory research in learning and teaching in Higher Education and in schools. Phenomenography was developed in the context of higher education and has made a unique contribution to understanding learning and teaching in these contexts. Variation Theory has provided a unique approach to the study of learning and teaching in school classrooms, not least through the vehicle of Learning Study. How can Variation Theory contribute to future classroom studies? In both contexts, what ideas and methods might stimulate new directions within Phenomenographic and Variation Theory research?

Accepted paper types: Single Paper and Symposium.

  • 14 April 2018
    Submission of abstracts and extended summaries
  • 7 May 2018
    Notification of acceptance
  • 31 May 2018
    Deadline for early bird registration
  • 20 July 2018
    Final deadline for registration
  • 16-18 September 2018
    SIG 9 Conference 2018


We are happy to welcome the following keynote speakers at the SIG 9 Conference 2018:

Paul Ashwin, University of Lancaster, UK

Kirsti Klette, University of Oslo, Norway


Click here to consult the full conference programme.

Preliminary program



The conference takes place at the campus of the University of Birmingham, UK. The conference will take place in rooms connected to Winterbourne Gardens which Tripadvisor lists amongst its top 10 for Birmingham. Birmingham has all the facilities you would expect in a large modern city including concert halls, museums and heritage parks. The city has a large network of canals which have been the focus of regeneration for leisure and restaurants.
The university is a campus university set within its own extensive grounds in the city of Birmingham. Birmingham is a large, research intensive university with a broad scope: 7 Nobel laureates in science and 2 winners of the Nobel prize for peace. David Lodge used his experience as professor at Birmingham as the stimulus for some of his most well-known books. The university hosts the Shakespeare Institute and the Birmingham Qu’ran. The university is under an hour from Stratford-upon-Avon by car. It takes 45 minutes from the centre of Birmingham by train to Stratford-upon-Avon (from Birmingham Moor Street station). The region has two major urban and industrial heritage museums. These open air museums recreate the industrial heritage of the region from its pivotal role in the industrial revolution. The Ironbridge museums are about an hour away by car. The Black Country Museum is 30 minutes by car from the university and is also accessible by bus and train (though the nearest train station is a mile from the museum).
The campus offers a good range of facilities These include a state of the art sport and fitness club, a gallery, a geology museum and a programme of cultural events.
Full access information, including a range of maps and disability access information is available


To submit your proposal, simply log in at with your existing EARLI account.
Click "my submissions" in the blue navigation bar to enter the submission tool, and select the SIG 9 Conference. If you don't yet have an EARLI account, you can create one free of charge here.

You can also access the SIG 9 submission tool directly via this link.

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Click here to purchase your registration ticket.

Conference registration will include access to all conference sessions, conference materials, and coffee/tea/lunch. A conference dinner ticket can be purchased upon registration, for an additional fee of € 40
Fees are exclusive of VAT. EARLI members and SIG 9 / JURE members are entitled to a reduced conference fee.  Information on EARLI, JURE and EARLI SIG 9 membership is provided on the EARLI website:  For EARLI members it only costs an additional € 8 to join the SIG.

We encourage participants to become EARLI members.
Membership rates; 1 year € 95, 2 years € 135, 3 years € 190.


By Air
Birmingham is served by Birmingham International airport. It takes roughly 10 minutes by train from Birmingham International (airport) to the centre of Birmingham (Birmingham New Street Station). 
Alternative airports
East Midlands airport is not far away, but it has no direct rail link. Travellers have to take a bus to the train station at Derby (regular service) and then a train from Derby to Birmingham (which takes 45 minutes). Travellers arriving at Stansted Airport have a 2 hours 45 minutes train journey to the centre of Birmingham. Manchester airport does have a rail link, but it does not have a direct service to Birmingham. Travellers arriving at Manchester airport have a 2 hour train journey to the centre of Birmingham.
The campus has its own train station with trains every ten minutes from Birmingham’s main railway station: ‘New Street’. It takes just over 5 minutes by train from the centre of Birmingham (Birmingham New Street) to the University station.
By car and taxi
The university campus is situated just off a main arterial route (the A38) just south of the city centre. You can of course get a taxi from the city centre to the campus but it is quicker and cheaper by rail.
Full access information, including a range of maps and disability access information is provided here


Accommodation is available on campus at Lucas House.

There are plenty of hotel and apartment options available in the centre of Birmingham within easy reach of New Street Station. 


Organising Committee

Peter Davies
Åke Ingerman
Jaana Kettunen