Call For Abstracts



Conference: Enabling Lifelong Learning


call_for_abstractsCall for Abstracts

The Higher Education Lifelong Learning Ireland Network (HELLIN) is delighted to extend  a call for papers for its 4th National Conference on Lifelong Learning in the University of Limerick on Dec 8th 2017.

HELLIN is a consortium of Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology’s who work together collaboratively with the aim of promoting and improving the field of Lifelong Learning.

The Theme for the 2017 conference is:

Enabling Lifelong Learning

Guide to Abstract and panel Submissions

This year we have decided to update the format of our conference. In addition to the normal paper presentations (three papers each 20-minute presentation followed by 10 -minute discussion) which will take place during the morning of the conference; we will run three panel discussions (three 5-minute presentations on a topic followed by a 75-minute chaired panel discussion) in the afternoon

Submissions of Abstracts for Papers:

We  invite abstract submissions for research, practitioner and case study papers. Abstracts on research should include research statement, methodology and a brief discussion of the findings. We welcome abstracts from students who have completed undergraduate and graduate research. Abstracts should not exceed 600 words and should be a concise summary of what will be presented, including a paper title and the aim of the presentation.  This year’s themes for papers are:

  • Technology Enhanced Lifelong Learning
  • Meeting the Challenges of Lifelong Learning:Policy, Institutional and Personal
  • Personal Development in Lifelong Learning

Submission of Proposals  for Panel Discussions:

We invite proposals for research and practitioner panel discussions.  Abstracts should identify a key topic supported by research, policy and/or publications.  Abstracts should also include an explanation of why this topic should lead to an engaged discussion amongst conference attendees.  Proposals should not exceed 600 words and should be a concise summary of the topic and areas for discussion.  The themes for panel discussions are:
• Recognition of Prior Learning
• Employer Engagement in Lifelong Learning
• Relevance of Lifelong Learning to Personal and Professional Development

Please submit both paper abstracts and panel proposals as PDF documents, naming the document as the presenter’s surname and first initial (e.g. KellyF.pdf).  Within the document authors should clearly indicate whether the submission is for a paper or panel discussion and also which of the 6 conference themes is being addressed.

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Abstracts and proposals must be submitted by Friday 3rd November 2017 (note extended deadline).  Acceptance of abstracts/proposals will be confirmed by Friday 10th November 2017. Final versions of both papers and panel discussion topics must be submitted by Friday 24th November 2017.
• Final versions of full papers should be ideally 2,000 and no more than 3,000 words including references. Paper presentations must not exceed 20 minutes in length.
• Final versions of panel discussion topics should consist of 1,000 – 1,500 briefing document including 3 – 5 discussion topics/questions.  Presentations for Panel Discussions should not exceed 5 minutes in length.
Conference proceedings including presented papers will be published in early 2018.

Should you have any questions in relation to the conference please contact anne.odwyer@ul,ie.  Additionally, if you are aware of somebody who may be interested in the themes of the conference or in submitting an abstract to us, please forward this communication to them.