Guidelines for proposals

These are the guidelines for paper presentations, symposium, posters, and roundtables.

A NERA proposal for presentation must be written in English. The abstract must have between 450 and 500 words (Incl. references) and should include the following sections:

  1. Research topic/aim
  2. Theoretical framework
  3. Methodological design
  4. Expected conclusions/findings
  5. Relevance to Nordic educational research

When you submit your abstract you can choose one of the following types of presentation:

Paper presentation

Paper sessions consist of a presentation and a discussion of papers of an ongoing or completed research project. The time frame of each paper presentation is 20 minutes including discussion. 4 different papers will be presented in each parallel session (in sessions with 3 papers, the time for each paper will be 25 minutes). In the abstract submission it must be specified to which NERA network the author wants to present the paper. A conference attendee will be limited to present a maximum of two papers (as a first author) at the NERA congress.


A symposium session builds on a theme and is proposed and planned by a symposium organiser. The papers focus on a common theme. A symposium has a chair (often the organiser) and one or more discussants, who have read the papers in advance. Some symposia will overlap more than one session. The symposium organiser will decide how the symposium is to be organised and the time allotment for each presentation. It is recommended that at least two different countries/national perspectives must be represented in the symposium. In the proposal submission it must be specified to which NERA network the symposium is assigned.

The organiser of the symposium should submit a symposium proposal (as organiser’s text) including all of the following elements:

1.    The title of the symposium

2.    An abstract describing the entire symposium (450-500 words)

3.    The names of the contributors, titles of their presentations and each of their abstracts (450-500 words)

Roundtable discussions

A roundtable session is a forum for the presentation and discussion of developmental work and research plans. Roundtable sessions are intended for focused discussions in small groups of research in progress, practitioner experiences, educational improvement initiatives and issues in institutional effectiveness and improvement.

The organiser of the Roundtable discussions submits a proposal (as organiser’s text) with a plan for the Roundtable including all of the following elements:

1.    The title of the Roundtable

2.    An abstract describing the entire Roundtable (450-500 words)

3.    The names of the contributors and each of their abstracts (each 450-500 words)

The abstract proposal must describe the focus and purpose of the session and ways in which participants will be engaged. In the abstract it shall be specified to which NERA network the presentation is assigned.

Poster sessions

Poster sessions offer a more informal opportunity to present a project visually rather than orally by means of a poster. During poster sessions, participants present their poster and use a format maximizing interaction between participants and presenters.

The abstract proposal (450-500 words) must describe the focus of the poster. In the abstract, it must be specified to which NERA network the poster is assigned. Posters should be prepared for the Conference in A0 portrait (84.1 cm wide × 118.9 cm high).

For further information about the networks, see NERA Networks

The congress language is English and all abstracts must be in English. It is possible to present a paper in one of the Nordic languages but it must be clearly announced in the program. Presentations in the Nordic languages will be placed at the end of the sessions.

The online submission of abstracts will be open between September 15th and November 15th 2017. The authors will receive status of their abstract by December 15th, 2017


If you have any questions, please contact the NERA 2018 Congress Secretariat at


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Published Sep. 14, 2017 10:09 AM - Last modified Jan. 23, 2018 9:00 AM