The annual European Conference on Educational Research was held in Vienna in late September, 2009. Pontydysgu worked together with VETNET in a small project to provide a video and audio archive of the conference, which attracted over 2000 delegates. We undertook a series of interviews with keynote speakers, presenters and delegates to the conference. The aim of the project was not only to provide a digital record but to explore the use of new technologies to open up the ideas from the conference to a wider audience.

Over the next week we will be posting further videos and audio recordings to this page. In the meantime here is an initial selection of our work.

Many thanks to Maria Perifanou, who undertook many of the interviews, to Dirk Stieglitz who was technical director and to Jo Turner-Attwell and Emma Roso who undertook much of the hard work behind the scenes work in  editing the material. Thanks to to Ludger Deitmer and Pekka Kämäräinen form VETNET and Angelika Wegscheider from EERA for their support for the project.

Impressions from the ECER Conference 2009 in Vienna, Austria.

Martin Lawn, the past general secretary of the European Educational Research Association and editor of the European Journal for Educational Research, talks about how the European Conference for Education Research has evolved over recent years.

Peter van der Hijden from the European Commission talks about mobility in research amd how the European Commission are supporting the development of the European Research Area.

Interview with Joana Duarte (Postgraduate Network) at the ECER Conference 2009 in Vienna.

Hans-Rolf Vetter from the Bundeswehr University Munich talks about tacit work and how this is transforming companies, and how education and training should respond to this challenge.

Jeroen Onstenk from the INHolland University of applied sciences discusses the ways that research in vocational education is changing and the main themes for research and development he sees in the future.

Marg Malloch from the Victoria University (Australia) talks about professional docterates and work based learning and the intersection between them. In addition to looking into evidence based policy and policy based evidence.

Philipp Grollmann from the "Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung, BIBB" discusses the differences between the way that companies handle the process of induction and how quality of induction can be improved.

Susan Wright from the Danish School of Education talks about the reform of higher eduction and the issues this raises, and how looking at the situation in Denmark in particular can benefit Europe as a whole.

Rainer Bremer from ITB, University of Bremen discusses the relationship between science and policy through to evidence based policy and policy based evidence.

Ludger Deitmer from the University of Bremen and convener of VETNET reflects on the ECER conference 2009.

Pekka Kämäräinen from ITB, University of Bremen reflects on the ECER conference 2009.

Ji Lin and Tian Ye from the Institute for Vocational and Adult Education (IVAE), Beijing Academy of Educational Sciences (BAES) talk about their visit to the conference and what could be learnt for the future development of Education and Training in Beijing.

Professor Michael Young, Institute of Education, University of London, presents Alternative Educational Futures for a Knowledge Society, raising issues such as the relationship between school and everyday knowledge.

In this extract Susan Wright from the Danish School of Education presents 'Evidence and Imagination:on Policies for University and Reform`and in this extract talks about evidence-based policy.

Roland Reichbach from the University of Basel, Switzerland, presents from 'Two Solitudes: Educational Research and the Pedagogical Realm' in his Keynote Speech.


As well as the videos, we recorded a series of audio podcasts in Vienna. Below you can listen to interviews with

  • Anne Varinowsky, Finland.
  • Eduardo Figueira, Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologia, Portugal.
  • Ingrid Gogolin Professor of Education at Hamburg University, Germany,Interim President of WERA, and Immediate Past President of the European Educational Research Association (EERA), and Felice Levine, Executive Director of the American Educational Research Association in Washington and Interim Secretary General of WERA.
  • Herbert Altrichter, Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria
  • Jane Kenway, Monash University, Australia
  • Lorenz Lassnigg, Institute for Advanced Studies, Austria
  • Mari Broberg, University of Turku, Finland
  • Marit Hoveid, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Palle Rasmussen, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Tina Hascher, University of Salzburg, Austria