EARLI 2025



The EARLI 2025 conference will be hosted by EARLI and the University of Graz in Austria, from 25 - 29 August 2025.

The conference will be preceded by the JURE 2025 pre-conference on 23 - 24 August 2025.

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The EARLI 2025 conference will explore "Realising Potentials through Education: Shaping the Minds and Brains for the Future"

The theme shall inspire interdisciplinary discussions on the multifaceted avenues through which education can contribute to the flourishing of each individual and the society.

Education is envisioned as a transformative force to unlock and realise the potential of every individual, irrespective of personal background or circumstances. Its goal is to empower individuals to discover their strengths and develop talents that positively impact their lives and their communities. This pursuit necessitates equitable educational practices, grounded in current evidence on learning and instruction from various disciplines and across multiple levels of investigation.

The terms 'minds' and 'brains' resonate with this holistic approach and align with the principles of neuroconstructivism. It suggests that the functions and structures of both the mind and the brain are malleable and evolve through complex and dynamic interactions with the environment. These interactions weave together diverse elements of learning, including historical, sociocultural, material, and bodily dimensions.

The high plasticity and experience-dependency of the mind and brain in response to the environment underscore the need for quality education in which learners can acquire those skills they may need for the continued progress of liberal societies in an uncertain future. It also equips individuals with the tools to spearhead innovations and inventions to effectively overcome the global challenges that lie ahead.

Finally, the EARLI 2025 conference aims to facilitate an inclusive dialogue among researchers, educators, and policymakers, transcending traditional boundaries and paving the way for novel approaches to positively shape our future.


Graz, the second-largest city in Austria, offers a captivating blend of rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning architecture. Nestled in the southeastern part of the country, Graz serves as the capital of the Styria region. Renowned for its well-preserved medieval old town, the city boasts UNESCO World Heritage status, showcasing a harmonious mix of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architectural styles. It is home to prestigious universities, fostering a dynamic atmosphere with a thriving student population. Graz embraces a unique juxtaposition of tradition and modernity, offering a diverse array of museums, galleries, culinary delights, and scenic landscapes, making it an enchanting destination for visitors and a beloved hub for locals.


Submissions will open on the 3rd of September 2024 and conclude on the 5th of November 2024 (midnight CET).

First Call for Papers

At EARLI 2025, we welcome the following submission types:



Symposia provide an opportunity to present research on one topic, often from multiple perspectives, compiling a coherent set of papers for discussion. Symposia sessions are directed by a chair, involving four presenters and one discussant, from at least three different countries. We recommend that each individual submission is checked for its own quality and its relevance and coherence to the topic of the symposium prior to formal submission to EARLI 2025.

A symposium is scheduled for 90 minutes, allowing 15 minutes presentation time per speaker, 10 minutes for the discussant, and 20 minutes for open discussion.

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Paper sessions consist of four thematically clustered paper presentations, followed by a discussion with the audience. It is important that empirical papers have data and results or they will not be accepted. Theoretical papers, which provide background research, specific evidence, analytical thinking and/or recommendations on specific themes and topics, are also welcome.

Paper sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes. Four presenters are given 15 minutes presentation time followed by 5 minutes for questions. At the end of all presentations there is a 10- minute open discussion.



Interactive poster sessions involve a number of posters, visually presenting research studies. A short presentation of about 5 minutes for each poster is given to an audience gathered as a group. After the authors’ brief presentations, an in-depth discussion between them and the audience follows, in an exhibition format. The poster session offers researchers the chance to present their work in a visual format and allows for more opportunities for interaction and discussion.

Poster sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes, following the format above. Materials for fixing posters on the walls or poster boards will be provided.



Roundtable sessions offer opportunities for a more discursive exploration of research issues. This may well involve discussion of work in progress. The presenters elaborate on their emerging data and theory, and invite the participants to contribute to a discussion on potential challenges. Three to five presenters will explain and discuss their research one after another.

Roundtable sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes and consist of 3 to 5 thematically clustered roundtables. Each presenter provides a 5-minute presentation, followed by time for questions, equally divided among the number of roundtables per session.


Demo Session

Demo sessions allow presenters to display, explain, and familiarise participants with approaches or tools specifically developed for education or research purposes. The presentation may include references to completed research, but the point of the session is to demonstrate a tool or approach, not to present the research for criticism. The audience may offer their viewpoints and share their experiences with similar tools or practices.

Demo sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes and will consist of 3 thematically clustered demo session submissions. Each presenter will be offered 30 minutes for their demonstration.


We are pleased to welcome the following keynote speakers:

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Åsa Mäkitalo

University of Gothenburg (SE)

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Ivar Bråten

University of Oslo (NO)

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Mathias Benedek

University of Graz (AT)

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Preliminary Programme

You can consult the preliminary programme below.

Please do take into account that the EARLI 2025 conference will run from Monday until Friday, with sessions planned until Friday evening (18:30 CEST).

EARLI 2025 - Preliminary Programme

Travel Award

The EARLI Board of Directors remains committed to foster equity across conferences and to support high quality research being conducted by researchers facing financial struggles. As such, we are keen to continue our Travel Award initiative for presenters working in low GDP countries. On top of a waived conference fee for the EARLI and/or JURE 2025 conference, awardees will be provided with funds to cover travel and/or accommodation expenses (up to € 1000 per award winner).

In order to qualify for the grant, the applicant must:

  • Have an EARLI membership for 2025
  • Have an accepted proposal for EARLI 2025
  • Reside in a low-GDP country

Preference will be given to accepted presentations with the highest review scores.

More information on how to apply for this grant will be provided after the review process, in February 2025.

We hope and believe that this funding will be helpful to sustain and further expand our research community. If you are working in a low-GDP country, we therefore warmly welcome you to submit your proposal!


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Roland H. Grabner

University of Graz


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Stephan E. Vogel

University of Graz


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Important Dates

  • Open for Submissions

  • Submission Deadline

  • Review Deadline

  • Open for Registrations

  • Review Results Announced

  • Early Bird Deadline

  • Presenter Registration Deadline

  • Programme Available

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