ESF Research Conferences

ESF-LiU Conference


Chaired by


The Open UniversityOpen University Business SchoolCentre for Higher Education Research and InformationMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom


Universität KielLeibniz-Institut für die Pädagogik der Naturwissenschaften (IPN)KielGermany


15-19 September 2007


Klosterhotel, Vadstena, Sweden
The conference will take place at Klosterhotel in Vadstena, Sweden. Vadstena is located in the south-eastern province of Östergötland, in a lovely natural setting on the shores of beautiful Lake Vättern, offering comfortable accommodation in a historic environment. During the Middle Ages, Vadstena was the location of a catholic monastery for monks and nuns of the Birgittine order and nowadays the conference center and hotel is largely located in the same medieval buildings that were once the monastery. With 5 600 inhabitants, Vadstena is 45 km from Linköping and 330 km from Stockholm. Group transportation will be arranged from/to Linköping airport, via Linköping train station, on arrival and departure days.

Final Programme & List of Accepted Participants

Higher education institutions are currently being subjected to a variety of pressures that seek, primarily, to enhance higher education’s contribution to the successful creation of so-called ‘knowledge economies’, together with, and receiving only slightly less emphasis, the achievement of greater equity and social justice. These pressures have led to a differentiation between ‘elite’ and ‘mass’ functions, to changing and differentiated notions of ‘graduateness’ and ‘expertise’, to changing relationships between research and teaching functions, to a shifting balance between pre-career and ‘lifelong’ learning, and to changing relationships between higher education institutions and the communities they serve - locally, nationally and internationally. Above all, these pressures have challenged traditional structures and cultures of governance and steering of higher education systems and institutions. These represent the issues and themes that will be addressed during the conference, informed by the reports generated by the ESF Forward Look on Higher Education. 
This conference will be of interest to academic and policy researchers in the field of higher education and to researchers in other relevant social science fields, e.g. science policy, regional development, governance, social equity.

Final Programme Word (1.3 MB) PDF (90 KB) Last Updated 11-September-2007
List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

There will be no short talks other than those listed on the final programme (see above). All other abstracts are accepted as posters.

Posters can be fixed with magnets and pins onto poster panels. Poster size should be no more than 100 cm high x 70 cm wide. Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.

List of Accepted Posters Word (400 KB) PDF (324 KB) Last Updated 7-August-2007

Group Transportation & Practical Information Guide

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference (access to site, registration & fee payments, accommodation, travel reimbursements...) is available from the Practical Information Guide. Please read it fully and carefully...

Practical Information Guide Word (478 KB) PDF (325 KB) Last Updated 19-July-2007

Two buses will be arranged on arrival day from Linköping airport, via the Linköping train station, to Vadstena. The journey takes approximately 1 hour.

Bus departure times - Saturday 15 September:
- from Linköping airport: 16.00 – 18.00
- from Linköping train station: 16.15 - 18.15

Airport departure point: the meeting point is located just outside the small airport building. The coaches will have a sign in the window indicating “ESF Research Conferences” for easy recognition.
Train station departure point: the meeting point is located in the long distance bus terminal of the station. From the exit of the main building of the railway station, it is approximately 300 metres to the right.

Group transportation back to Linköping will be arranged in a similar way for the departure day. Bus departure times - Wednesday 19 September: 08.30 & 11.30 (to Linköping airport AND train station).

Please note that SINGLE accommodation can only be guaranteed to invited speakers. All other participants will have to share a TWIN room. In case single rooms would become available at the time of the conference, rooms will be attributed on a “first come, first served” basis. Only the TWIN conference fee (EUR 720) should be paid to the ESF when registering. The supplement for single (EUR 150) should be paid to Vadstena Klosterhotel. Should you wish to be put on waiting list for single accommodation, please contact Ms. Jean Kelly.

Conference Fees


What the fees cover

EUR 870

conference, meals and single room

EUR 720

conference, meals and twin OR double room

EUR 380

non-resident: conference, meals (no room)

Some grants available for young researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s) in the paragraph "Grant application" of the application form.

Registration Form

All participants - including speakers & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.
Closing date for registration & fee payment: 17 August 2007

ESF Contact

Conference Officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2025
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 07-229 in any correspondence.


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with Linköping University.

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